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Hal Foster: Richard Hamilton on Richard Hamilton

24 October 2019
Richard Hamilton: Introspective 
by Phillip Spectre.
König, 408 pp., £49, September, 978 3 88375 695 0
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... outrageous power of the command of language that gave Joyce the freedom to employ every trick of his trade with a confidence that could absorb parody and pastiche into the poetic flow of words,’ PhillipSpectre (we’ll get to him later) tells us. ‘The question that needed to be asked was, why had such a phenomenal freedom and mixture of styles not appeared in the visual arts?’ Hamilton made ...

All That Gab

James Wolcott: The Upsides of Sontag’s Downsides

24 October 2019
Sontag: Her Life 
by Benjamin Moser.
Allen Lane, 832 pp., £30, September 2019, 978 0 241 00348 0
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... and, in their gimlet eyes, on the make. Bad enough to have this white-suited dandy Tom Wolfe spray-painting his prose like dayglo graffiti across every runaway trend, but here was a monochromatic spectre in their own midst practising her own form of pop voodoo. Happenings! The Supremes! Japanese science fiction movies! Where would it all end? Rumblings of dyspepsia were accompanied by belches of ...

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