racy account of the London contemporary
art scene: a snapshot of the new Bohemia
of the 90s, interwoven with episodes from
the author's own life in London. Blimey!
is an incredibly readable book about the
London art world. You can start wherever
you like, it's good all the way through!
It's a journey from the anguished screaming
canvases of Francis Bacon to the witty ironic
sliced farmyard animals of Damien Hirst.
Its specially-commissioned photos by documentary
filmmaker Ian MacMillan bring you face to
face with London's artists, dealers and
critics. Its entertaining and accessible
text gently guides you through art's Yellow
which artist used to paint naked at his
easel with pins stuck through his penis?
Is it possible to walk out from a warehouse
art-show and plunge to your death? Matthew's
wired and rushy art history, alternately
irritating and insightful, gives late 20th
century Britart what it needs -a confusing,
and horrible, intelligent and frightening,
Blimey! is the book the art world deserves.'
ADRIAN SEARLE, The Guardian
its laconic way, this has the moral weight
of great criticism'.
DAVID SYLVESTER, The Independent on Sunday