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Naked and Ashamed (you should be) – or Take That and shove it

I don’t think you can possibly imagine how much I have longed to see the words “Beyoncé”, “lesbian” and “girlfight” appear in the same press-release. However, it’s a shame that they have been attached to one of most tedious and … Continue reading

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Clockwork Oranges Are Not The Only Forbidden Fruit

David: “How much did you pay for this?” Juiliet: “Five hundred pounds.” David: “Five hundred pounds? You paid five hundred pounds for this?” Juliet: “That’s what it cost, David.” David: “No, no, that’s what you paid for it. Five-hundred pounds … Continue reading

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BS sn n th tv – or – Wither Googlest thou?

My ongoing response to the Great British Art Debate. I apologize that these are getting longer. In fact, so long that I have had to split this one into two parts… Should the public have a say in what goes … Continue reading

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Sex Crime: For the Love of a Bigger Brother

To give my regular readers a rest from the cul-de-sac that is art criticism, here is a little discussion of the moral and ethical issues around the censorship of sex. You may or may not be relieved to know that … Continue reading

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Bonfire of the Inanities: The School of Ellison

My ongoing response to the Great British Art Debate http://greatbritishartdebate.tate.org.uk/ Is art too popular? The BBC’s recent “School of Saatchi” TV series is a new milestone in the downward spiral of trash, with the added bonus of it trying to … Continue reading

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The Good, the Positive and the Liberal

Should art be good for you? “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.” – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966 dir. Sergio Leone) … Continue reading

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British Psycho – Evil never looked so jolly good

I cannot resist the temptation to respond the the questions that have been suggested to us by the imminent “Great British Art Debate”. I understand my slavery but am complicit in being lured onto a road-that-leads-nowhere. Here is an introduction … Continue reading

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iPad, Therefore iExist – 2010: The Year We Make Contact

  Even in the midst of his panic, Winston was too much taken aback to be able to hold his tongue.  “You can turn it off!” he said. “Yes,” said O’Brien, “we can turn it off. We have that privilege.” … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies and Documentaries

  or – The Death of Culture: What Really Happened. “Documentary” – the word just oozes authenticity, but the lasting impression on me is how compromised a form the documentary film is, and (with many notable exceptions, see below) what … Continue reading

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Trail Of Tears 2.0 – Eco-Conscience for Dummies

Get away from me, you five-fingered freaks! I have just been to see “Avatar” (2009), written and directed by James Cameron. The movie started so promisingly, I really liked the set-up of the Jake Sully character being a crippled ex-marine … Continue reading

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