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The Goldsmiths’ Company Lecture: David Starkey


Starkey in great form in this lecture where he excoriates conceptual art

For the inaugural Goldsmiths’ Company lecture, Dr. David Starkey spoke on the subject of “When I Hear the Word ‘Art’, I Reach for my Gun”, and focused on art: the word and the idea.

Starkey is convinced that the misappropriation of the word ‘art’ by the conceptual art clique in the last half-century or so has poisoned the term beyond redemption. It has made it useless historically and hopelessly discriminatory when applied to the so-called ‘decorative arts’ in contemporary culture.

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