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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

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platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or he is genuinely deluded himself. Both 404 Not Found options render him unfit for major public office. He was confronted on Radio 4 programme The Reunion: Tate Modern on September 23rd by
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Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate’s […]

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Selby Whittingham: Tate Modern or Tate Theatre

A survey by the Office for National Statistics in May revealed that the British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling our homes to the

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rafters with consumer durables and not-so-durables, we’re spending our spare cash on ‘experiences’, including recreation and, yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing a lifestyle rather than
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buying stuff,” one trend 404 Not Found forecaster commented in […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Art Police – November 2017

If you’re thinking of committing an art crime, now’s your moment. In June budgetary pressures forced the ‘temporary’ closure of the Met’s Art & Antiques Squad and the transfer


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of expert staff to the Grenfell Tower fire investigation, and there’s no knowing when, if ever, they’ll be back. 404 Not Found So it’s bye-bye

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blue light, hello green light to thieves, fakers, fraudsters […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Photography, Wrong Sort Of – January 2017

“And the Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting goes to… a photographer!” Yep, Cindy Sherman has won the Imperial Japanese gong for mastery of greasepaint


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for that interminable string of selfies in fancy dress we all 404 Not Found wearied of circa 1980. If not

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for greasepaint, it would have to be for psychological insight – and despite her readiness to raid the dressing-up […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Reach for the Starchitects – The Switch House

A survey by the Office for National Statistics in May revealed that the 404 Not Found British are changing their spending habits. Instead of filling our homes to the rafters with consumer durables and not-so-durables, we’re spending our spare

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cash on ‘experiences’, including recreation and, yes, culture. “People are interested in servicing a lifestyle
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rather than buying stuff,” one trend forecaster commented in […]

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Editorial – July 2017

WHOLESALE GRATIFICATION  In the last issue I noted 404 Not Found the gradual but relentless erosion of space allocated to historical pictures in

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Tate Britain. This contraction will now accelerate because the collection is
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to be re-hung, yet again, on this occasion thematically – a policy undoubtedly designed to demonstrate the State Art Commandment that all roads shall lead to the Usual Suspects. […]

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Editorial – May 2017

TATE BRITAIN NEEDS ITS IDENTITY BACK In recent issues I’ve described


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how since 1945 the education, bureaucracy and exponentially increasing cash for the visual arts have been usurped and dominated by an evolving one-track mindset which, in these pages, is

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

The Times – God bless


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its little cotton socks – has just been celebrating the triumphal return of the 1990s as a creative

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

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Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura 404 Not Found Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books on British art with an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is there such a thing as British art?’


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It was chaired by Tim Marlow, now of the Royal Academy, and debated by a panel

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composed of […]

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Tanks on the lawn

The tanks are opening at the Tate on July 18th. These

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are the very same tanks that stored
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oil in the 404 Not Found days when Bankside served the function of generating electricity by burning Arabia’s finest. And if the ignoramuses in the Tate’s PR department start cooing, and they will – they will – about said tanks being the first of their […]