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The man whose portrait they painted

Patrick Procktor, 12 July 1990

A Life with Food 
by Peter Langan and Brian Sewell.
Bloomsbury, 128 pp., £16.99, May 1990, 9780747502203
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... It consists of Langan’s self-portrait, written in the sleepless marches, to which the art critic Brian Sewell has contributed a memoir of friendship which will come as a pleasant surprise to readers more accustomed to his inspired Sowerberry in the columns of the Evening Standard. Last month on his birthday Peter’s wake was celebrated by hundreds in ...

Short Cuts

Andrew O’Hagan: ‘The ARRSE Guide’, 1 December 2011

... officers’; the direct entry officers, who are actually Scots, are generally posh enough to make Brian Sewell sound a bit common.) The role of the armoured divisions is ‘all about driving around in huge fuck-off Challenger 2 main battle tanks, crushing screaming infantrymen beneath your tracks (many of whom will be members of enemy forces) and blowing ...

What’s It All About?

Tom Lubbock, 6 April 1995

Shark-Infested Waters: The Saatchi Collection of British Art in the Nineties 
by Sarah Kent.
Zwemmer, 270 pp., £19.95, November 1994, 0 302 00648 6
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The Reviews that Caused the Rumpus, and Other Pieces 
by Brian Sewell.
Bloomsbury, 365 pp., £12.99, November 1994, 0 7475 1872 6
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... Sarah Kent (Time Out), Richard Dorment (Daily Telegraph, oddly enough). Against: Modern Painters, Brian Sewell (Evening Standard), Giles Auty (Spectator), Glynn Williams (at the RCA) and any number of Johnsonian or Waugh-like commentators who throw themselves into the breach on wet afternoons. But it’s no neat line-up. Auty is too reactionary for ...

A New Twist in the Long Tradition of the Grotesque

Marina Warner: The monstrousness of Britart, 13 April 2000

High Art Lite: British Art in the 1990s 
by Julian Stallabrass.
Verso, 342 pp., £22, December 1999, 1 85984 721 8
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This is Modern Art 
by Matthew Collings.
Weidenfeld, 270 pp., £20, June 1999, 0 297 84292 7
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... as a battle of wits from a spirited fairy tale. The show was popular, and the crowds were hushed. Brian Sewell praised it, against his first instincts, he admitted. Stallabrass doesn’t mention Pacheco, or indeed many other artists who aren’t in the Tate inner circle, even by way of contrast to his lite targets, and although Dark Night of the Soul ...


Karl Miller: Ten Years of the LRB, 26 October 1989

... and éclat’. The Times warns of the ‘danger of getting trapped in a successful formula’. Brian Sewell of the Evening Standard ends the page by saying the same and adding that the paintings of this ‘precocious prodigy’ speak ‘only of provincial inexperience’. These ladies and gentlemen of the bench of metropolitan critical adjudications ...

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