Gallery investigates artistry of director's qualifications

Copenhagen (AP) - A museum dismissed Anna Castberg and then demanded proof that she was qualified for the job she lost.

Car park in a courtyard to be a riverside art gallery

Cars parked by Inland Revenue staff are to be banned from one of London's premier cultural sites, as part of the process of turning it into a riverside art gallery and courtyard for tourists.

Serenity of Vermeer crowded out: Letter

Sir: Remarkable for a show containing only 21 paintings, the Vermeer exhibition at The Hague has attracted tremendous publicity and vast audiences. While the show's high profile may serve to justify the expense involved and the difficulties posed by such an undertaking, the great publicity surrounding it is, at the same time, its undoing.

OBITUARY : Charles McCorquodale

Charles McCorquodale was one of that now much- diminished band of freelance art historians whose freedom from the point- totting treadmill to which academic life has been reduced in the last two decades allowed them to range widely over the whole gamut of art, and, above all, to communicate this in readable form to the general public.

A final party for art's unlikely hero

Joshua Compston was not a well-known figure beyond a small circle of modern art's movers and shakers. He lived fast and died young. In death, he has been celebrated by many venerable figures and his funeral tomorrow will be a major event. Jonathan Glancey investigates a wild phenomenon

OBITUARY:Professor Andrew Martindale

Andrew Martindale's sudden death at the age of 62 calls for reflection on the relation between his life and his chosen field of activity, the history of art.

Gilding the lolly: artists in advertising: Damien Hirst isn't the first artist to turn his hand to advertising. Adrian Searle surveys the art world's incestuous relationship with commerce

The dead cow crashes to the floor of the darkened basement, and bounces horribly, twisting on its back. It's not exactly the Gold Blend couple, but it is a scene from an advert - Damien Hirst's plug for the cable and satellite channel TNT's 100 per cent Weird movie slot, to be precise.

Captain Moonlight: Architect of his own downfall

ODD THINGS, people. You never know where they'll turn up. Peter Wayne became an expert on Thomas Archer, the 17th-century architect, while serving a 10-year prison sentence for armed robbery. He made friends with Richard Rogers and starred in a Channel 4 documentary, living proof of the healing power of art.

Capital shows its potential before daily car invasion: Pictures lend weight to 'Independent' campaign against intrusive parking. David Lister reports

LONDON early on a sunny morning at the height of the tourist season: and some of the capital's most important historic and cultural spaces are already filling up with civil service cars.

First Night: Great Room welcomes great art and wealth: The Samuel Courtauld Collection; Somerset House, London

THE VENUE is British, as was the collector, the paintings French and priceless, the guest list American and not short of a nickel, writes David Lister.

Pavement cafes campaign wins backing from minister: Historic courtyard could be cleared of cars. David Lister reports

THE GOVERNMENT has given a clear signal that it is prepared to take action on the Independent's campaign to rid cultural and historic spaces of parked cars, and to enhance city life with continental-style pavement cafes.

Talks set on clearing Horse Guards of cars

THE FUTURE use of Horse Guards Parade, the venue of next month's Trooping the Colour and one of the key targets of the Independent's campaign to have parked cars cleared from culturally important sites, is to be discussed between Civil Service chiefs and the Royal Parks Agency, which administers the site.

Academy to banish cars in favour of art: David Lister finds support is growing for the Independent's campaign on pavement cafes

THE Royal Academy's splendid forecourt off London's Piccadilly is to be cleared of cars and given over to public art and eventually cafe-style tables, as the Independent's campaign to improve public spaces around cultural institutions gathers force.

British Museum forecourt viewed as waste of space: David Lister argues that the courtyards of public buildings, often used as staff cars parks, could be transformed into tourist attractions

THE British Museum: Britain's most popular tourist attraction with more than 6 million visitors a year. Yesterday, as on most other days, these visitors squeezed through two narrow entrances with the central main gate guarded by two security men and opened only for staff cars.
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