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new art up close 1 & 2, Gary Hume and Gavin Turk, two little books about them published by royal jelly factory
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From: reader
Category: Books
Date: 10 October 2004

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http://www.newartupclose.com

These are the first in a new series of small books about contemporary artists. They are quite nicely designed ladybird sized objects and cost 4.99, which is not a lot these days, the price of pork and duck rice in Chinatown, and a bit less than your average paper-back novel, still a fiver's a fiver and a stingy person might not wanna part with a real one to receive a book on art.

What's quite interesting is seeing the progression of the artist's work in such a concise way, you can flick through and see the beginning to now in 25 colour reproductions. There's an interview with the artist at the start which will tell you the usual overly taking themselves seriously stuff that artists speak when interviewed. In the back there's homework (further reading) and a useful explanation and contextual stuff for each of the plates (pictures of art).

Why did they choose Turk and Hume? Why not Richter and Freud? Or Hirst and Emin? Or some sexier couple. Anyway quibbling apart, I liked these books, there's more to them than you might think, and little books on art are a good thing. Full stop.

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