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UPDATE: ARTISTS’ UNION ENGLAND HAVE WRITTEN TO ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND. SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

The appointment of Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth Murdoch to Arts Council England’s National Council is not only deeply troubling, given her close ties to the Murdoch corporate empire, but is also a glaring example of how nefarious the UK arts establishment has become.… READ MORE

This is a short article that aims to explain my arguments about artwashing.  It focuses on art’s long-standing relationship to property, power and publicity.


Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust, lithograph,  Eugène Delacroix , 1828 Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust, lithograph,  Eugène Delacroix , 1828

Mephistopheles Flying, from Faust, lithograph, Eugène Delacroix, 1828

A brief art history of art, property and artwashing

Art has always been a form of property.  During the Renaissance, art was the property of Royalty, the nobility and the church. … READ MORE

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The Idea, Screenshot from John McKiernan's Prezi (from 2013 I think) - now removed by author The Idea, Screenshot from John McKiernan's Prezi (from 2013 I think) - now removed by author

The Idea, Screenshot from John McKiernan’s Prezi (from 2013 I think) – now removed by author

This is a reblog (with additions) of a post that was originally posted anonymously on LSE Sociology blog.  I must explain a few things.  I wasn’t comfortable being anonymous because, as a fellow activist said, anonymity is the greatest dispossession. … READ MORE