CRAZY NATION: at last a book about the British
art world, which is sympathetic and informed
but not at all afraid to be incredibly rude.
How has the art world changed since Blimey!
first hit the bookstands five years ago?
Is London's new Tate Modern good or a plastic
tourist attraction with religious mumbo
jumbo sprayed on, like magic fairy dust?
Is being a Marxist in today's art world
little more than a market choice? Curators:
anaemic zombies or twenty-first century
Easy Riders, art's answer to Sly and the
Family Stone? Is it right that art must
be sanctimonious to be good? Why are we
like this now and how long will it last?
In Art Crazy Nation Matthew Collings doesn't
set out to provide black-and-white answers
to these questions. Instead he describes
what art in Britain has become and how the
art world is thinking. He offers a slice
of the contemporary art zeitgeist.