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Art

Peter Carty

A visionary curator sets up a gallery in a warehouse in Hoxton and assembles a group of radical artists. But as they prepare to storm the bastions of the art world, property developers begin gentrifying the area. Meanwhile, a wave of cocaine and crime threatens everything.

 

Art is a satire about the birth of the Young British Artists in the early 1990s. Illuminating, moving and blackly funny, it exposes the pretensions of fine art and high theory ... as well as the unrestrained hedonism that ran alongside.

 

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'Bouncers, villains, derelicts, millionaires and strippers people a tale of monstrous vitality, which nevertheless maintains a passionate faith in the transformative quality of art.' -Suzi Feay, Financial Times

 

'A gloriously vivid debut. This thrilling novel about the ascent of Young British Artists thrums with a boisterous authenticity.'– Nick Duerden, i newspaper

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ABOUT PETER CARTY


Peter Carty is an award-winning writer and journalist who writes about art and culture for publications including the Guardian, the Independent and the Financial Times. His short fiction is on English literature syllabuses. He lives in London. This is his first novel.