Doodaaa: The Balletic Art of Gavin Twinge

Doodaaa: The Balletic Art of Gavin Twinge

by Ralph Steadman


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Last remnant of a nineteenth-century 'domestic engineering dynasty' and heir to what's left of the family fortune, Gavin Twinge is the founder of the Doodaaa school and the original angry voice of contemporary British art. When Ralphael Steed meets him in a London bookshop it becomes his quest to get to the heart of Twinge's mystery. So, whether he has to penetrate the deep south of the South of France by London taxi, where Gavin finds inspiration with his fellow Doodaaaists, or witness the creation of the banned installation 'The Philosophy of French Plumbing' at Tite Modern, Steed sticks to his man, matching him drink for drink, as bit by bit the portrait of the lost soul of art emerges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747561873
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ralph Steadman, artist, writer, sculptor, political cartoonist and designer of labels for vintage wines, is the author of over fifty illustrated books, including Sigmund Freud, I Leonardo, The Big I am, The Scar-strangled Banner, Alice, and Animal Farm. He is the Gardening Correspondent for Rolling Stone and illustrator of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. His work appears regularly in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, and the L.A. Times.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: Honorary Doodaaistsxiii
Introduction: An Encounter with Gavin Twinge1
Distillation Art Gallery
Part I
1British Art: World's End17
2Gavin Twinge: Tite Circumstances25
3The Nineteenth-Century Ancestors: The Colonic Legacy37
4Early Years: Artist's Block55
5Arrondissements: Bodily Parts of Paris62
6Schooldays: Taught by Tyrants95
7Flart: Aerial Abstracts110
8Vera Steadman: Starlit Auntie and Muse115
9A Blot on the Stave: Musical Diversions128
Family Photo Album
Part II
10Christ's Bride Stripped Bare by Her Religious Mechanics (already)137
11Doodaaa: the Philosophy of French Plumbing172
12Doodaaaists: the Nietzsche Feature186
13Peasant Heaven: the Anti-Fete213
14Fugitive Doodaaaists: the Slunt Factor234
Part III
15Sigmund Gonad: the Doctor Who Delivered Gavin253
16Cosby Twinge: a Manic Depressive Populist265
17Fanny Twinge: a Quadrophrenic Partisan281
18Beating the System: Tite Modern Installation296
The Philosophy of French Plumbing
Apres moi: The Philistines307
Exhibitions and Collections316

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