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January 11, 2013 08:18 PM

Annals of the art world, division of academic foolishness

by Roger Kimball, from Roger's Rules

Years ago I read an amusing piece in the London Telegraph  about an exhibition of Damien Hirst’s, er, art work at some glitzy Cork Street Gallery.  The man with the formaldehyde sharks had lots of exciting new bijoux to offer his public.  One immortal opus consisted of a tray full of dirty coffee cups, overflowing [...]

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