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21 February 1985
Modern Times 
by Peter York.
Heinemann, 128 pp., £7.95, October 1984, 0 434 89260 2
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Face Value: The Politics of Beauty 
by Robin Tolmach Lakoff and Raquel Scherr.
Routledge, 312 pp., £12.95, November 1984, 0 7100 9742 5
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... The Sloane Ranger style, PeterYork has told us, reflects ‘a state of mind that’s eternal’. This may be putting it a bit strongly: but the Sloane ancestry goes back at least to the days when knighthood was in flower and one ...

Me First

Andrew O’Hagan

7 March 1996
Peter York’s Eighties 
by Peter York and Charles Jennings.
BBC, 192 pp., £12.99, January 1996, 0 563 37191 9
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... the shopping mall and threw the leaflets into the water. I was glad to see them spreading out and floating away towards the Firth of Clyde. And I took the tie off and stuffed it into my back pocket. PeterYork’s Eighties happened elsewhere. Little bits of it were no doubt happening in the shopping mall over my head that morning, but most of it was well out of reach, and nothing to do with our world ...
1 April 1983
The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook: The First Guide to What Really Matters in Life 
by Ann Barr and Peter York.
Ebury, 160 pp., £4.95, October 1982, 0 85223 236 5
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... more hazardous affair. How can you dare pretend to be telling it like it is if the natives are going to turn round and tell you it isn’t? This test is, however, triumphantly passed by Ann Barr, PeterYork and the intrepid and diligent team of assistant fieldworkers with whom they have penetrated far and deep into the rose-red canyons of SW3, 1, 7, 10, 6 and 5 – correctly ranked in that order ...

Short Cuts

Andrew O’Hagan: The 1970s

18 November 2010
... Others – Auden’s ‘low dishonest decade’, for example – are more venal and strange, a mood of uncertainty forming itself almost sinisterly into a style. Some change according to the light. PeterYork imagined the 1980s to be a time of relentless new opportunity and inclusiveness and money-making brio. But York published his book 15 years ago; the 1980s are generally seen now as a low point ...

In New York

Hal Foster: Plans for Ground Zero

20 March 2003
... Belle to draw up various schemes, which were presented last July at a large town meeting, where they were trashed as bland by focus groups. This was a triumphant moment for a quasi-democratic New York urbanism: ‘No more business as usual,’ the people declared, ‘give us vision’ – though whether they meant memorial pathos or urbanistic insight (or somehow both) was not clear. To its credit ...

Peter​ Campbell

Mary-Kay Wilmers: On Peter​ Campbell

17 November 2011
... The fox on the cover of this issue is walking past Peter Campbell’s house in South London, the house (he wrote about it in the LRB in September) where he and his wife had lived since 1963. Peter died – in that house – on 25 October and the picture on the cover is the last one he painted.Peter was always at the heart of the LRB. He designed the first issue in October 1979 – a 28-page ...
17 July 1980
Imagining America 
by Peter​ Conrad.
Routledge, 319 pp., £7.50, May 1980, 0 7100 0370 6
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... of perception, preceded them into battle, creating the illusion that in front of them was only what they intended to find. Though he doesn’t mention Rosenberg, or any other critic for that matter, Peter Conrad, Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, is convinced that a similar destiny was in store for the English writers of the 19th and 20th centuries who ‘imagined’ America during their visits to it ...

Illustrating America

Peter​ Campbell

21 March 1985
Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture 
by Paul Cummings, Jorn Merkert and Claire Stoullig.
Norton, 308 pp., £35, August 1984, 0 393 01840 7
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Abstract Expressionist Painting in America 
by William Seitz.
Harvard, 490 pp., £59.95, February 1984, 0 674 00215 6
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About Rothko 
by Dore Ashton.
Oxford, 225 pp., £15, August 1984, 0 19 503348 5
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The Art of the City: Views and Versions of New York 
by Peter​ Conrad.
Oxford, 329 pp., £15, June 1984, 0 19 503408 2
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... The landmarks of New York – the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, the Rockefeller and World Trade Centres – have no ceremonial public function. Victories are consecrated in the streets, with ticker-tape falling. And ...


Andrew Brighton: On Peter​ Fuller

7 November 1991
... Saturday evening on Radio 3, a prattle of Oxbridge voices reviewing an exhibition selected by and posthumously mounted as a tribute to Peter Fuller. The wannabe Oxbridge voice of Giles Auty, art bumbler for the Spectator, declares ‘Peter’ was led by his arguments rather than his eyes. Up speaks real Oxbridge voice, while duly ...

At Tate Britain

Peter​ Campbell: Peter Doig

6 March 2008
... Peter Doig painted Echo Lake in 1998. A man stands on the far side of a stretch of dark water. He is quite a way off, but you can see that he wears a white shirt and a dark tie. His hands are raised to his ...

Other People’s Rooms

Peter​ Campbell

7 April 1994
Inside Culture 
by David Halle.
Chicago, 261 pp., £23.95, January 1993, 0 226 31367 0
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Buildings of the United States: The Buildings of Michigan 
by Kathryn Bishop Eckert.
Oxford, 603 pp., £27.50, June 1993, 0 19 506149 7
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Buildings of the United States: The Buildings of Iowa 
by David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim.
Oxford, 565 pp., £27.50, June 1993, 0 19 506148 9
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... nose about, more or less at will, in other people’s rooms. His study of the landscapes, portraits, snapshots, saints, masks and so forth which a representative group of Americans, in and near New York, have on their walls and shelves, of how they display them and what they say about them, required that he get to know more than a hundred and sixty different houses. The aim was to test and develop ...
17 October 1985
Poetry of the Carolingian Renaissance 
by Peter​ Godman.
Duckworth, 364 pp., £29.50, February 1985, 0 7156 1768 0
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... peninsula, it was free to be employed as a transnational medium, available to educated writers regardless of their native speech. It did not matter whether one had been trained in the schools of York, or Paris, or Bologna – Latin was your language, quite as much as if it had been learned in Rome, and you would write chronicles or treatises or poems in that language, not in the local vernacular ...

At the Jeu de Paume

Brian Dillon: Peter​ Hujar

9 December 2019
... The​ American photographer Peter Hujar once told a friend who was feeling unattractive: ‘As you’re walking along, say to yourself: I’m me.’ Hujar’s subjects seem to have heeded the same advice: they exhibit a self ...

At the Royal Academy

Peter​ Campbell: Philip Guston fouls the nest

5 February 2004
... dirt was particularly offensive. The abstract paintings he had been doing until then were, very often, lovely things – among the most beautiful and luxurious of all the pictures produced by the New York School. The new ones seemed like a calculated fouling of the nest by a favourite child. So the second explanatory frame – the frame which accommodates the abstract paintings of Guston and other ...

At Tate Modern

Peter​ Campbell: Rothko

23 October 2008
... Seagram pictures seem to be relatively stable, unlike, say, the Harvard murals of 1961-62 that faded so rapidly that they had to be removed from view. The circumstances of abstract painting in New York in the 1950s come to us through memoirs and photographs. The city was changing. Here and there the stone fronts of interwar skyscrapers were reflected in the glass walls of new buildings that ...

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