By Josie Demuth
All illustrations © Jason Gibilaro
Thin Man Press London
This very funny, entertaining and brilliantly observed book does for the liggers and hangers-on of the London art scene what ‘Extras’ did for wannabe actors, with equal aplomb, via its devastating wit.
Follow the ambitious antics of a group of colourful characters as they tirelessly make their way around London’s most happening Private Views and parties, homing in with varying degrees of skill and cunning to freeload on champagne and canapés “like a flock of seagulls”. It is the art of being seen and accepted, rather than a love of the often vacuous contemporary art on display, that drives them on. Their endeavours culminate in the challenge of accessing the most fashionable inner sanctums of the Venice Biennale.
Some very recognisable famous characters from the worlds of pop music and art also make an appearance, however much the author protests that any similarity is ‘purely co-incidental’. Josie Demuth has written a crackling social commentary for our times.