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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 404 Not Found platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt

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to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options
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render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate 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 queues stretched around the White 404 Not Found Cube block in Mason’s Yard for a sight of Damien Hirst’s

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£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
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world wars […]

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Champagne feminist

Sixteen years ago, I wrote an article for a short-lived women’s art


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magazine called Make responding to a complaint on the letters page that only childless women could succeed as artists. Off the

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top of my head, I immediately thought of 404 Not Found 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 cotton socks – has just been celebrating the triumphal return of the 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


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so indeed, but not exactly

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in the terms the 404 Not Found article intends. Here […]

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1988 … Year zero

… when branding and art formed a marriage

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

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Supercollector: Charles Saatchi the bad man

Charles Thomson reviews the unexpurgated life story of Charles Saatchi. “Ad man you’re a bad man”, proclaimed the artist collective Bank bluntly about Charles Saatchi in 1997. In 2004, Guardian art 404 Not Found critic, Adrian Searle, praised Saatchi’s


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popularist approach, eye and humour in his New Blood show, but drubbed the curatorial incoherence. Sir

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Peter Blake has refused to sell his work […]