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Acerbic art critic Brian Sewell says culture is 'wasted' on Croydon

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CONTROVERSIAL art critic Brian Sewell has dismissed Croydon as having "no real cultural tradition" and says artwork, such as the Riesco Collection, is wasted on the town. The comments were made during an interview with BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' programme on Friday. Sewell, who has been described as "Britain's most famous and controversial art critic," picked out Croydon and Warrington as two of the UK's least cultured ahead of the sale of the Chinese ceramics at an auction in Hong Kong this Sunday. The Evening Standard columnist told presenter Peter White: "If you live in a place like Croydon where there is no real cultural tradition it does seem slightly dotty to have a real serious collection of Chinese ceramics. "Nobody is likely to go and look at them so they might as well be put to good use." Sewell believes that London's Victoria and Albert museum should have made an offer for the collection. The controversial sale has come under a lot of criticism, with Croydon Council resigning from the Museum's Association after coming under fire, while the British Museum are said to be considering recalling any items on loan to Croydon.

Acerbic art critic Brian Sewell says culture is 'wasted' on Croydon


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