PRINT October 1995


New Art from London

LONDON IS EXPERIENCING what might be called its “Neo–Swinging ’60s” moment. It has at least four or five young artists of international repute. It has a scrappy gallery scene that’s burgeoning in the most unlikely places: abandoned real-estate developments, friends’ apartments, even your corner pub. It has, as always in its moments of efflorescence, an immense theatrical flair, an ironic mordancy, an implicit socialism, and an irreverent devotion to genius loci—that spirit of the place that makes English art of any period so quirky and so difficult to export.

Now Richard Flood, chief curator of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, has taken on the challenge of transplanting that cosmopolitan yet local London spirit to the confines of an American art museum. When “‘Brilliant!’ New Art from London” opens at the Walker this month, it will float 22 artists of widely divergent reputations—from

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