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In this special London issue, Elephant traces the rise of the city as an art capital, examining the changes that have taken place over the last two decades.
In stylistic, economic and geographic terms, we look at shifts east being followed by moves back to the centre, or slightly off-centre, or south, or further east. Ossian Ward draws a genealogy of the YBA phenomenon, while James Cahill asks whether there is such a thing as a ‘London School of Painting.’ Grayson Perry walks us through the changes in attitudes over those two decades, Billy Childish gives a typically provocative interview, while Marcus Harvey presents a compelling picture of the lure and the danger of mass media. Nicholas Logsdail tells us how as a young man he missed a train, went for a walk and found his way into the pages of art history. These are accompanied insights from art figures ranging from John Stezaker and Maureen Paley to Matt Golden and Robert Orchardson.
Part One: Research
Who do you think you are?: The Young British Artists as a family tree by Ossian Ward
Entropy at work: For and against the image, or the New School of London by James Cahill
Part Two: Encounters
Lobbying for beauty: Grayson Perry's progress
Marcus Harvey: In a dangerous place
Billy Childish's radical traditionalism
Part Three: Destinations
Featuring interviews and work by:
Ang Tsherin Sherpa
by Marc Valli