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Blimey! from Bohemia to Britpop: The London Artworld from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
At last an incredibly readable book about the London art world. For every long word there are dozens of short ones. It's a map of the mind, a journey to the heart of darkness, a step in a puddle, a ride on a tour boat, a week in traction. Learn lots of things and be entertained as well. From the anguished screaming tortured canvases of Francis Bacon to the witty ironic twi ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by 21 Publishing Ltd
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Suncan Stone
Sep 20, 2015 Suncan Stone rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, art-history
a bit strange compilation of ideas and notes and photos of various artwork... but overall it gives a nice and easy feel and approach to art, so I liked it, as it seemeeddifferent to most other art books I have read, in which the authors are trying to be (well in reality some are) terribly clever... in this book the author only tries to show that he was everywhere...
but seriously, a good quick read, loads of photos of artwork from the time, a few insider stories, and does leave you with an overa
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Darran Mclaughlin
Jul 27, 2011 Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, art, criticism
Collings gives the reader a genial tour of British art from Bacon to Hirst. I have always enjoyed Matthew Collings tv shows about art and his books are great too. He brings a flippant, witty, slacker attitude towards the art world, which makes his books much funnier and more readable than most art writing. However, he also knows his stuff and a lot of it can be read on several levels. You don't need to know much about art or postmodern theory to enjoy it, but if you do know a bit about it you wi ...more
Nicol
Aug 26, 2011 Nicol rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap-pile
A rambling and meaningless account about this artist's experience with the 90's art scene. I bought this thinking I'd get a lesson on why the art trend in the 90's was considered art in the first place, and instead got a book with photos of old naked men framed in by turds, an artless photo of an old man's dangling genitalia, and accounts of last minute shows thrown together with cardboard signs in abandoned warehouses by talentless hacks. Blimey is right.
Jeff Jackson
Bitchy, gossipy, and thoroughly entertaining look at the London art scene through its 90s boom. The critical insights are scattershot at best, but Collings voice is winning throughout. Think of it as a good extended magazine piece. Nice pictures, too.
Dirk
Apr 22, 2008 Dirk rated it really liked it
I like this one a little more than IT HURTS. The British art scene in the 90's was pretty great. It even talks about Billy Childish.
Kurt
Apr 08, 2009 Kurt rated it liked it
Shelves: art
Highly readable survey of British contemporary art. Discussion of galleries at end seemed irrelevant (and is probably dated by now).
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