Blimey!: From Bohemia to Britpop, the London Artworld from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst

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21 Publishing, 1997 - Art - 211 pages
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An irreverent introduction to the London art world by a real insider, Blimey! makes essential reading for anyone interested in what's behind all the recent buzz about British artists. From post-war pioneers Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud to modern day provocateurs like Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, and the Chapman brothers, this book covers the essential ground. With wit, panache, and more than a bit of attitude, author Matthew Collings adopts a tone refreshingly free of theoretical jargon. Besides dealing with the artists themselves, the book discusses prominent art dealers, legendary London galleries, and a host of other personalities. Generously illustrated with photographs and artwork samples, Blimey! is sure to be among the most enjoyable, topical, and talked about books on art in some time.

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

User Review  - Darran Mclaughlin - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kurt - Goodreads

Highly readable survey of British contemporary art. Discussion of galleries at end seemed irrelevant (and is probably dated by now). Read full review

Contents

Section 1
16
Section 2
53
Section 3
75
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About the author (1997)

Matthew Collin is the author of the critically acclaimed books Guerrilla Radio, and The Time of the Rebels. He has worked for the BBC from Georgia and has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. He now reports for Al Jazeera from Georgia.

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