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Academic rumpus

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ASTRAGAL

No sooner had overtures started in respect of the Royal Academy and the RIBA Drawings Collection than the Academy's chief executive, David Gordon, announces he is leaving.

A former Architecture Foundation trustee and chief executive of the Economist Group, Gordon managed to pull the RA round from a disastrous financial situation to something approaching respectability.

According to the Telegraph last Saturday, he knew how to stand up for himself in more ways than one, having been involved in a 'scuffle'with exhibitions secretary Norman Rosenthal following a heated exchange of views.

Disagreements with RA president Philip King never came to that, but the Telegraph claims that the president once told a meeting of the RA council: 'Either he [Gordon] goes or I do.' These artistic types!

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