The national appetite for art and art spaces seems insatiable. When Tate Modern was unveiled in 2000, two million annual visits were expected; today more than five million visitors a year pour through its Thames-side doors.
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Friday 06 June 2008
Yesterday was a strange day for staff at York Art Gallery. For much of the morning, concerned members of the public approached the front desk informing them that a priceless-looking painting had been hung on a wall in the city centre overnight. Did they have a painting missing, they were asked? Was it being displayed in the open air on purpose or was it the work of pranksters?
Wednesday 04 June 2008
Jan Van Eyck's self-portrait is one of the National Gallery's most familiar works. It shows a middle-aged man looking sternly out at the viewer. Now, after several centuries apart, the oil painting of the Renaissance painter is to be reunited with a portrait of his wife, Margaret.
Wednesday 23 April 2008
The best most travellers can expect from a departure lounge is a dog-eared copy of a celebrity magazine and lukewarm cappuccino in a cardboard cup.
Thursday 27 March 2008
Nicholas Penny, the newly appointed director of the National Gallery, yesterday expressed concern over the art industry's obsession with contemporary works to the exclusion of older paintings.
Saturday 12 January 2008
Tuesday 08 January 2008
Thursday 01 February 2007
Tuesday 06 June 2006
Gordon Brown launched an outspoken attack last night on the rising tide of protectionism across Europe, accusing its governments of blocking cross-border takeovers for reasons of economic patriotism.
Friday 09 December 2005
You can (if you're family-minded) make a family tree " a diagram of mothers and fathers, and their children, and their spouses, and their children, and so on, down the generations. Down is the operative word. The odd thing about these trees is that they grow downwards. They spread out like roots. They hang like mobiles.
Sunday 30 October 2005
Thursday 26 May 2005
Friday 06 May 2005
Tuesday 16 November 2004
Boris Johnson's first big policy announcement on the arts was made in his absence yesterday. He was to chair a seminar before a prestigious invited audience at the National Gallery, until he was sacked 48 hours earlier over events in his private life.
Friday 12 November 2004
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