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Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC


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in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted

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on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate 404 Not Found Modern on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate’s […]

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Overkill: art rising from the dead

Things have gone rather quiet on the mortality front since

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queues stretched
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around the White Cube block in Mason’s 404 Not Found Yard for a sight of Damien Hirst’s £50m sculpture For the Love of God. In those days of skulls and diamonds, Paul Wilks wrote a letter to The Jackdaw lamenting the morbidity of contemporary art, wondering why two horrific world wars […]

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Champagne feminist

Sixteen years ago, I wrote an article for a short-lived women’s art magazine called Make responding to a 404 Not Found complaint

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on the letters page that only childless women could succeed as artists. Off the top of my head, I immediately
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thought of half a dozen artists who disproved this rule and I interviewed them for a piece called A Woman’s Work. […]

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The way we are now – why ‘avant garde’ is now an obsolete term

The Times – God bless its little

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cotton socks – has just been celebrating 404 Not Found the triumphal return of the
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1990s as a creative force. “Suddenly contemporary art” it crows, “was part of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but not exactly in the terms the article intends. Here […]

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1988 … Year zero

… when branding and art formed a marriage of convenience, argues artist John Kelly.

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1988 is the seminal year, the year that our concepts of art, money and values changed
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irredeemably. It was the year I came to London as a 23-year-old artist, having taken an opportunity to play league cricket in London. It was a chance for a young 404 Not Found […]

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Supercollector: Charles Saatchi the bad man

Charles Thomson reviews the unexpurgated life story 404 Not Found of Charles

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Saatchi. “Ad man you’re a bad man”, proclaimed the artist collective Bank bluntly about Charles Saatchi in 1997. In 2004, Guardian art critic,
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Adrian Searle, praised Saatchi’s popularist approach, eye and humour in his New Blood show, but drubbed the curatorial incoherence. Sir Peter Blake has refused to sell his work […]