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Aesthetes fight war of agreement

There’s nothing quite like the insults that art critics spit at each other. Previous debates in this magazine (on such piffling issues as global poverty, turmoil in Kashmir or British entry into the euro) have provoked merely terse disagreement between combatants. But, “crikey!”-as Matthew Collings exclaims in this issue (p18) after Brian Sewell has slashed at him with a bloody scythe of abuse-art really makes people angry. Brian, of course, is famous for his mellifluously barbed tirades, normally directed at contemporary British artworks. Here, however, Matt receives from Brian an even more severe lashing for…

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