This is a longer post than usual. Hopefully you will stay with it. The CSM degrees shows were exceptional this year in the way that they never let you down but just kept on-and-on engaging, twisting and turning, surprising and challenging, the whole wonderfully and thoughtfully composed and curated so that it didn’t exhaust or elude the visitor – no mean-feat given the enormous logistics to consider.

Hopefully, the few selections below explain themselves as not bestowing favour or exposing nepotism of any kind. Then again, perhaps that is impossible to wholly avoid or deny, whatever strategy we contrive to do so. These forces always seem to exist in some form, however much art writing tries to purge itself of judgement.

This is therefore just one more experiment in your investigation of the possibilities of art criticism. But before you start you just want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to…

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