PRINT January 2001


The Grove Book of Art Writing

THE REDCOATS ARE COMING! The redcoats are coming! For several seasons now, the alarm has sounded in New York City and parts west of the Hudson as galleries and museums have fielded the up-and-coming Brit Pack artists in various solo and group extravaganzas, each one intended to retake America by storm. None has, of course, especially not the overproduced, too-eager-to-please- by-offending efforts of Messrs. Chapman (Dinos and Jake) and Hirst (Damien), but you can’t fault them for trying. It’s just that after the ’80s boom and the ’90s wobbles, we’re not in the mood to be overwhelmed and, in our present state of imperial gridlock, not yet in a position to be conquered.

Then there is the issue of cultural difference, which, between two English-speaking nations in a supposedly “global” era, many presume has been reduced to zero but which, when it comes to art, remains as big as it was way back

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