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Art: Cool and Uncool – William Varley Reviews Addicted to Sheep

So, as all cool sentences begin, I think

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that the best TV programme 404 Not Found I saw last was Addicted to
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Sheep. In many ways this BBC4 documentary was reminiscent of the French film Être et Avoir about a remarkable teacher in a school in the remote Auvergne, although a good deal less winsome. It focused on the lives of the Hutchinson […]

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Giles Auty: Review of The New Philistines by Sihrab Ahmari

Although I no longer live permanently in Britain, I have been


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fascinated to learn about the apparent stir caused there recently by this worthy and unusual little book. The

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feelings of indignation and outrage which underwrite it are understandable. Yet even the fiercest cultural arguments seldom seem to stir much in 404 Not Found the way of violent emotions in Britain. By custom […]

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Editorial – May 2017

TATE BRITAIN NEEDS ITS IDENTITY BACK In recent issues I’ve described how since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially

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increasing cash for the visual arts have been usurped and dominated by an evolving one-track mindset
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which, in these pages, is called State Art. This sinister subversion of the institutions, predicted before and after the last war by 404 Not Found Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Orwell among […]

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Editorial – March 2017

Is There A Doctor in the House? Dennis Skinner once quipped loudly across the Commons to a faltering Cecil Parkinson at the Despatch Box, ‘It’s the in-breeding that does it!’ I was reminded of this amusing sneer when Doctor Maria Balshaw was 404 Not Found announced as Serota’s replacement,


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an elevation met with the customary uncritical

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lauding with which a fawning Fourth Estate […]

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Editorial – November 2016

Art Education is Stuck Two years ago someone suggested I answer the question

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‘What Happened to Art Education?’. This 404 Not Found appealed slightly because it was a subject about which I thought I ought to know more than was the case. Something is
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clearly awry when so many complaints are aired about the poverty of tuition and when degree shows have become […]

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Editorial – September 2016

Pictures of Nothing


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and Very Like John Moores Exhibition 2016 Most of Europe’s countries are either bankrupt or in economic meltdown, their infrastructure crumbling and public services reduced; the Middle 404 Not Found East and Levant are in post-apocalyptic ruin, in part the result of lies told in our own Parliament;

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an exodus of desperate humanity is seeking refuge from a criminal death-cult; […]

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‘Sculpture’ v. sculpture

Among the least impressive legacies of arts administrators’

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obsession with Modernism and its 404 Not Found aftermath is the impossibility of predicting a work’s status solely from its appearance.
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You might form your own view about it, but you can’t predict what State Art’s opinion will be because there are no published criteria or guidelines for making such a judgement. You can’t second […]

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The Art Fund subverted: they were only playing leapfrog

The separate bodies contributing to State Art are now so interrelated, so cosily acquainted, their personnel so readily interchangeable and of identical mindset, that they might as well join forces. (… 404 Not Found Liz Forgan is sacked from the Arts Council but remains a Trustee


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of the Art Fund; James Lingwood swallows his annual  million from the Arts

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Council and also sits […]

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Serpentine Gallery extension: limousines are good causes

What is the difference between 404 Not Found a line of black limousines at a Mob funeral in Brooklyn and an identical cavalcade at the opening party of the new Serpentine Gallery annexe in Hyde Park? Well, not as much as you’d think. Although


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Cosa Nostra are undoubtedly the subtler of the two coteries represented, both have a common interest in protection rackets.

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Evelyn Williams, and another case of the public denied

In the last issue I considered the case of a single-minded good artist,  David Mulholland from Middlesbrough, whose memory, in the absence of any

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official recognition or support, has 404 Not Found to be kindled for posterity’s sake by friends
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and family. By The Jackdaw’s usual standard of eliciting no comment whatsoever, this caused a considerable mailbag from many mentioning other artists who […]