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TWO PRESTIGE exhibitions to be mounted at the Royal Academy over the next year have failed to find a commercial sponsor. The unwillingness of businesses to put money into the Goya exhibition, which opens next month, or a major exhibition of Poussin opening next January, emphasises the decline in business sponsorship in the arts.

Education: A naked approach to art: Julia Hagedorn reports on how nude models in the classroom have led to an exhibition at the Royal Academy

Life drawing from nude models has never been a feature of school art departments, even the most enlightened. But an exhibition that has just opened at the Royal Academy in London demonstrates that far from reducing 14- to 18-year-olds to giggles and guffaws, nude models can stimulate fine draughtsmanship.

Letter: Ancient aesthetics

Sir: James Fenton's article about the Royal Academy show of the Ortiz antiquities collection makes most of the essential points in his usual elegant and thoughtful way (31 January).

Sandra Blow exhibition

The artist Sandra Blow supervising the hanging of her abstract paintings for an exhibition in the Royal Academy's Sackler Galleries, central London, which opens tomorrow. Behind her is a work entitled Vivace.

A collection robbed of its true history

IS THE exhibition of the George Ortiz Collection at the Royal Academy a sort of scandal, or a very good thing? No one denies the high quality of the 280 exhibits, part of a huge collection of antiquities formed during the past 45 years by Ortiz, a South American whose fortune came from tin. The question is whether an accumulation of antiquities without provenance is something to be admired, in view of the rapid worldwide destruction of archaeological sites.

Royal Academy of Engineering

The following engineers have been awarded Management Fellowships by the Royal Academy of Engineering to study for the degree of MBA at European Business Schools:

Captain Moonlight: Expectoration at the RA

I GOT into something of a twist last week over the expectoration outbreak at the Royal Academy. You will recall that in my piece about the stormy passage of the academy's current exhibition, American Art in the 20th Century, I told you that David Sylvester, the art critic, had spat at Norman Rosenthal, the academy's exhibition secretary, at the press view; in fact, it was Rosenthal who spat at Sylvester after Sylvester had made some provocative remarks about the exhibition. Sylvester's invitation to deliver the academy's Reynolds lecture was subsequently withdrawn by Sir Roger de Grey, the president, after he wrote a letter to the Independent criticising the exhibition. Sylvester will now be delivering his lecture, on Willem de Kooning, elsewhere in London. He has since apologised to Mr Rosenthal for provoking him at the press view; I apologise to him.

Captain Moonlight: Academic arguments

Expectoration at the RA

Letter: In defence of the Royal Academy

Sir: David Sylvester (letter, 28 October), who, in the past, has so ably organised the Surrealist and Magritte exhibitions at the Hayward and the late Picasso's at the Tate, has spent the past few weeks privately and publicly attacking the American Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Upbeat: Mystic choice

THE WINNER of the Independent / Royal Academy of Music Young Composers' Competition is Edmund Neill of West Norwood, for Je fus mystique, a piece for mixed instrumental ensemble after a poem by Verlaine.

Letter: Exciting pictures at an exhibition

Sir: Norman Rosenthal has given enormous pleasure to hundreds and thousands of people through his curatorship of exhibitions at the Royal Academy. Since his arrival it has changed from a stuffy institution to one of vision.

EXHIBITIONS / Spot the difference, vive la difference: The Royal Academy has the first proper show of Pissarro's last work - his urban series paintings. It's right up the connoisseur's street

IN THE first room of the Royal Academy's Pissarro exhibition, you find three pictures to your left, all of the Carousel in the Tuileries Gardens. Look at them from some distance, and you might not guess that the paintings were his. Cool, grey and even, they are reminiscent of a rather older master, Corot.

Contemporary Art Market: Birthday celebration of names at low prices

RED DOTS have spread like measles over the labels of the 25th Anniversary Exhibition at the New Grafton Gallery in Barnes, south- west London. David Wolfers, the proprietor, now 76, knows the kind of painting many middle-class collectors like: inexpensive, figurative but seasoned with a dash of modernism and, if possible, signed by an established name.

Letter: Portrait in the Mirror

Sir: I am afraid Amanda Platell (Media, 26 May) must have been badly informed when she took up occupancy of her new office in the Daily Mirror if she believes the painting portraying a plump middle-aged man in his shirtsleeves lounging in a deckchair at the seaside with a copy of the Mirror draped over an empty chair in front of him was one of a series of paintings put in by Robert Maxwell in 1984.
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