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Posted by cathedralofshit on December 6, 2010

At the start of the twentieth century Canon Barnett and his wife Henrietta came up with the then-brilliant idea of the Whitechapel Gallery. Designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and built in 1901, Barnett’s brainchild was founded on the idea that exposure to fine art would help eradicate the widespread local poverty and ignorance. Just over a hundred years later imagine just how delighted he would be to discover the gallery’s latest wheeze is to invite Coalition lapdog and useful idiot Nick Clegg (pithily profiled by Andrew Rawnsley in today’s Observer as the nation’s “hate figure”); Ed Vaizey, Culture Minister overseeing the dismantling of arts through the regions, and our PM’s own gorgeous wife, Sam Cam, to curate hangs of the Government Art Collection. It is all wonderfully ironic – as of course the Collection is tax-payer funded and so is exactly the type of public spending on art that the Coalition is so hell-bent on stopping – unless of course one gets to ‘curate’ a show of the taxpayer-funded stuff that is and attend a lovely opening party in the boho East End. As for the Whitechapel, the exhibition follows on from their showcasing of the private collection of Dimitris Daskalopoulis, the Greek collector who sold his family stake in the company Vivarta in 2007 at around the time the company was facing allegations of anti-competitive practices. Canon Barnett would be very, very proud.

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