Post Tagged with: "Venice Biennale"

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Laura Gascoigne: Tangled Web – September 2017

“Why is there so much sewing?” demanded The Art Newspaper’s Christina Ruiz 404 Not Found after visiting Christine Macel’s exhibition at this year’s Venice


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Biennale. “I get it: domestic work, women’s work, is important and undervalued. But is it in itself art? No it is not.” There was a time when so-called textile arts

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were prized above all others; when first unveiled in […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Do You Want Ice With That? – May 2017

Ever since Anya Gallaccio made

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her name by exhibiting an ice block called Intensities and Surfaces in an
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East London pumping station in 1996, I’ve been monitoring the advance of ice through the contemporary art world, where it seems resistant to climate 404 Not Found trends prevailing elsewhere. While the polar ice caps recede, the phenomenon of ice art only grows. I wouldn’t […]

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Art under kleptocracy

                          Another month, another book on the contemporary art economy, this time from an overlooked perspective.


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The New Economy of Art, a joint publication by DACS and Artquest, 404 Not Found looks at the art market from the POV of

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the average artist. Not surprisingly, it finds plenty to puzzle over. […]

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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.


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The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 404 Not Found was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but not exactly in the terms the

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article intends. Here […]

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Multinational art

In the dash to internationalism the national is trampled underfoot, argues Laura Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing


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books on British

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art with an anniversary 404 Not Found talk at the ICA titled ‘Is there such a thing as British art?’ It was chaired by Tim Marlow, now of the Royal Academy, and debated by a panel composed of […]

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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. (…


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Liz Forgan is sacked from 404 Not Found the Arts Council but remains a Trustee of the Art Fund; James Lingwood swallows his

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annual  million from the Arts Council and also sits […]