I didn’t expect Blair to start debating with me. I think he believed the lies coming out of his mouth
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Saturday 28 April 2012
A critical view
Friday 27 April 2012
Damon Albarn, Mike Leigh and Victoria Wood. Not the first names that spring to mind when you think of sport but they're all in the Olympics. At least, they're in the art world's answer to them, known as the London 2012 Festival, or the Cultural Olympiad, depending on which bit of the Kafka-esque 140-page brochure you get lost in.
Sunday 22 April 2012
Dew-kissed rose petals: every time I see a close-up photo of them in a hotel, a part of me dies.
Saturday 21 April 2012
Julian Spalding, who has headed some of Britain's foremost public galleries, has laid down a gauntlet in a letter to the Tate director, challenging him to a public debate to justify why the art gallery has spent taxpayers’ money on a Hirst exhibition when the “works aren’t art”.
Friday 20 April 2012
Stop making an exhibition of yourself
Monday 09 April 2012
The Whitechapel Gallery in east London is holding the first major retrospective of Gillian Wearing. Adrian Hamilton is moved by her deeply affecting films and photographs
Sunday 08 April 2012
As the young Turks come of age, two shows reveal that their mature selves can be both nasty and nice
Friday 06 April 2012
It’s a gory portrayal of the crucifixion, created from casts of human bone and blood vessels, which looks certain to offend Easter church-goers. But Dr Gunther von Hagens, the controversial anatomist, insists that his latest work is not blasphemous but a true expression of Christian values.
Tuesday 03 April 2012
A new retrospective at the Tate Modern shows how little of himself Damien Hirst reveals, says Adrian Hamilton
Tuesday 03 April 2012
In Modern Spies, Peter Taylor was at pains to make it clear to us that contemporary intelligence work isn’t a bit like film and television fictions would have us believe. This will presumably come as a relief to the parents of young people who find themselves intrigued by the increasingly open recruitment procedures of the UK’s intelligence and security services. One British intelligence officer here revealed that when she’d told hermother what her new job was, she’d replied, “Oh my goodness, you’re going to end up with your head in a fat-fryer!” her knowledge of MI5 having been largely gathered from watching Spooks. Her daughter assured Taylor that it isn’t really like that, just a little wistfully, I thought: “Unfortunately, I’m not running around the streets of London, chasing terrorists, being nearly blown up every week,” she said. Apparently, there’s a lot of paperwork. But, despite such testimony, Taylor had a problem with his project of de-glamourisation, which was the deep devotion of television to the visual rhetoric of the spy movie.
Tuesday 03 April 2012
From sliced-up cows to dead sharks, Damien Hirst is the master of statement, but his retrospective at the Tate shows how little of himself he reveals
Monday 02 April 2012
Damien Hirst merchandise, from a deckchair to a plastic skull, is on sale for eye-watering price tags of up to £36,800 at the first UK retrospective of the controversial British artist.
Friday 30 March 2012
As the Tate Gallery mounts a major retrospective of the superstar artist's work, Damien Hirst's former teacher Michael Craig-Martin describes the beginnings of a career that has redefined British art.
Tuesday 27 March 2012
If you are unfortunate enough to have acquired any Hirsts, sell them before they become worthless
Tuesday 20 March 2012
As a founding father of modern advertising, Charles Saatchi clearly knows a thing or two about image. He understands how to influence public perception, and how to get a message across powerfully and effectively.
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