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As the Royal Academy prepares to meet in private session to decide the fate of its embattled exhibitions secretary, David Lister profiles Norman Rosenthal, the man who made a `Sensation' of the stuffiest show in town

Letter: Art without tears

Sir: The "Sensation" exhibition at the Royal Academy is a bleak evocation of some of the most cynical and distasteful preoccupations in our society. It is an exhibition of necrophilia, the ultimate 1997 collection of dead-end "art". These images do not provoke contemplation, they work by assaulting the mind in a series of "horror bites".

The Hindley picture: Those who take offence: a portrait in tyranny

I feel I owe you an apology before I even begin. Do you really want to read yet another piece about Sensation, the much hyped exhibition of Young British Artists at the Royal Academy? Do I really want to write one, if it comes to that? Not very much as it happens, but I find myself with a stone in my shoe and the longer I try to ignore it the more I find it pressing into the tender part of my heel. So, while I understand if you prefer to press on to some more congenial section of the page (I can quite see that this isn't the most alluring opening paragraph ever written) I'm going to have to try and extract it.

Letter: Artistic amendment

Sir: I notice that where the portrait of Myra Hindley has been removed from the Royal Academy's "Sensation" exhibition, there is now a sign explaining that the work "has been defaced by vandals".

RA's `Sensation' show proves a hit

The Royal Academy said yesterday that its "Sensation" exhibition was on line to become its most successful contemporary show ever, with visitors "voting with their feet" to see the controversial exhibits.

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PLACES: THE DELFINA STUDIO CAFE

Hub of the new, trendier Bermondsey (see Reporter, page three), The Delfina Studio Trust was established in 1988 by Delfina Entrecanales, an elderly businesswoman from Madrid, writes Sam Holden. She wanted to provide studio space for 35 resident artists who might otherwise have struggled to find such abundant time and space with which to continue their upwardly mobile trajectories. One such artist, Mark Wallinger, features in the "Sensation" exhibition at The Royal Academy. Agreeably housed in a capacious former chocolate factory, The Delfina gallery exhibits six shows a year by both guests and residents. The Cafe serves fashionable food to an eclectic mix of City suits and arty types. But the piece de resistance is the fact that you can gawp at real, struggling (though not starving) artists who take their lunch, for which they pay only pounds 1, at a table reserved just for them.

The Critics: Was this what the Academy wanted?

This week the Royal Academy has become a saddened and embittered institution, and all because of a show of middling interest with few works of genuine merit. Sensation may make the RA some badly needed money. It has been mounted primarily for that purpose. But the RA has at the same time dealt itself a blow from which it will take long to recover. Academicians are divided as never before and their president, Sir Philip Dowson, has given little leadership. The RA's officers and its publicity machine are widely regarded as manipulators of controversy. The exhibition's education programme is a farce, especially as one gallery is closed to those under 18 and the most prominent painting on display is a portrait of the child murderer Myra Hindley.

Arts: Ayres quits Royal Academy

A second member of the Royal Academy, the eminent and celebrated abstract painter Gillian Ayres, has resigned in protest against the "Sensation" exhibition and the painting of moors murderer, Myra Hindley.Her resignation follows that of sculptor Michael Sandle, who resigned in protest at the way the institution was being run.

Royal Academy shows art for adults only

The Royal Academy is to take the unprecedented step of making one of its galleries an "adults only" space for its exhibition of avant-garde young British artists, Sensation, which opens this week.

TVEYE; A RIGHT RADICAL ACADEMY

Charles Saatchi shops early, like all the best bargain hunters. On a typical Saturday morning, he'll be scouring the country for art well before any self-respecting member of the Brit-Art mafia is out of (or even into) bed. Now his cut-price collection of enfants terribles has been granted controversial admission to the bastion of stuffy tradition, the Royal Academy, with the forthcoming "Sensation" exhibition.

Royal Academy denies Hirst claims

The Royal Academy last night denied having offered membership to the artist Damien Hirst, (left) who had claimed that he had turned it down, denouncing the august body as a "big, fat, stuffy institution".

Hirst snubs `fat, stuffy, pompous' Royal Academy

Damien Hirst, the biggest name among the current crop of young British artists, has turned down the chance of election to the Royal Academy, labelling it "a big, fat, stuffy, old, pompous institution".

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