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Ben Sadler, screen shot from @bend_laser Instagram, 29 June 2018. Courtesy: the artist.
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Artists + Instagram: Ben Sadler is @bend_laser

@bend_laser is described by the artist as “a crap anagram” of his name. But can the format of Instagram become an anagram for everyday life and work? Richard Taylor looks at the Birmingham-based artist, one-half of the collaborative duo Juneau Projects, and takes a dive into his extensive Insta-collection of solo work.

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The National Gallery, London. Photo: Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net).  CC-BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
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In Brief: 27 educators seek recognition as employees rather than freelancers from National Gallery following alleged sacking

In Brief news briefing featuring national and international stories including: Stolen Robert Motherwell painting returned to the Dedalus Foundation after 40 years; Pussy Riot invade pitch during World Cup final in Russia as political protest; and museum planned at Thai cave where 12 boys were rescued. Plus, 2019 Venice Biennale theme revealed.

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Kate Stone, Charlie Cairoli. © Kate Stone. Photo: Luke Stephenson
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Now Showing #253: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of must see shows includes a celebration of 250 years of the circus at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, and mass extinction laid bare at Gallery North at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Trump Baby. Photo: Trump Baby UK
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London mayor Sadiq Khan approves ‘Trump baby’ flight request; New York gallery MoMA PS1 sued by curator

In Brief: News briefing featuring national and international stories including: £4.5m lottery award for Thomas Gainsborough museum; California’s artist resale rights law becomes virtually ineffective following court ruling; artist’s sketches of RAF’s last surviving second world war airmen to be auctioned to raise funds for air cadets.

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Tim Lewis, Crimson Prince. © Tim Lewis. Courtesy: Flowers Gallery, London, New York
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Now Showing #253: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of must-see shows includes: automata at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Royal Academician Anthony Whishaw’s paintings in a former cow shed in Checkley, near Hereford, Tacita Dean at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, plus Michael Sandle’s hard hitting sculpture at Grosvenor Museum.

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CCA Glasgow. Courtesy: CCA Glasgow
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Glasgow’s CCA to remain closed until end of August; Germaine Greer claims ‘we should stop teaching art’ in schools

In Brief: News briefing featuring national and international stories including: Artemisia Gentileschi masterpiece becomes only 20th work by a woman owned by National Gallery; Arts Council England launches Impact and Insight Toolkit; artist to receive $3.5m from US Postal Service for copyright infringement; French president Emmanuel Macron to reform country’s artist residencies.

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