Post Tagged with: "Venice Biennale"

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Laura Gascoigne: Tangled Web – September 2017

“Why is there so much sewing?” demanded The


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Art Newspaper’s Christina Ruiz after visiting Christine Macel’s exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale. “I get it: domestic work, women’s work, is

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important and undervalued. But is it in itself art? No it is not.” There was a time when so-called textile arts were prized above all others; when first 404 Not Found unveiled in […]

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

Ever since Anya Gallaccio made her name by exhibiting an ice block called 404 Not Found Intensities and Surfaces in an East London pumping station in

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1996, I’ve been monitoring the advance of
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ice through the contemporary art world, where it seems resistant to climate 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

   


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

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Art, a joint publication by DACS and Artquest, looks at the art market from the POV of the average artist. Not surprisingly, it 404 Not Found 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.

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“Suddenly contemporary art” it crows, “was part
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of popular culture. The Royal Academy’s landmark Sensation show in 1997 was a turning point.” It was so indeed, but not 404 Not Found exactly 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

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Gascoigne. In November, Lund Humphries celebrated 75 years of publishing books on British
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art with an anniversary talk at the ICA titled ‘Is there such a thing as British art?’ It was chaired by Tim Marlow, now 404 Not Found 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

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and of identical mindset, that they might as well join forces. (… Liz Forgan is sacked from the Arts Council but remains a Trustee of the Art Fund; James Lingwood swallows his annual  404 Not Found million
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from the Arts Council and also sits […]

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