Whilst Damien Hirst is showing his first major retrospective at Tate Modern and Gillian Wearing at The Whitechapel Gallery, Prestel have just published Growing Up: The Young British Artists at 50 by Jeremy Cooper. Last night The Bethnal Green Working Men's Club was decorated with prints and a projected slideshow for the official book launch. Tim Noble, Sue Webster and Gavin Turk took turns on the decks of this classic East End venue local to their Hackney roots, with its signature neon heart stage. Check out the cupcakes with tiny little sugar artworks of a Sarah Lucas portrait, Gary Hume painting and the Hirst crystal skull! The book focuses on these three artists alongside Anya Gallaccio and Michael Landy via personal interviews by Jeremy, illustrated with previously unseen photographs and letters.
In the same week, Jeremy has also brought out "Artists' Postcards: A Compendium" featuring some of the above names amongst a complete history of the subject since the early 1900s with 400 images from The Surrealists to Gilbert and George's "mail art" pieces. So its a good week to get reading ............... and going to exhibitions in London!