Matthew Collings (Artist Talks)

Matthew Collings is an art critic and artist. “He has a regular monthly column in the art magazine ArtReview (“Great Critics and Their Ideas”), in which he ‘interviews’ historical figures whose influence on art has been decisive’ […]

He began his career working at Artscribe beginning in the production department in 1979 and later took over as editor, filling that role from 1983-7, bringing international relevance to the magazine. Collings later moved into television working as a producer and presenter on the BBC The Late Show from 1989-95 […]

After leaving the BBC, Collings wrote ‘Blimey! From Bohemia to Britpop: The London Artworld from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst,’ which humorously chronicled the rise of the Young British Art (YBA) movement. Published in 1997 by 21, a new company founded by David Bowie, among a group of others, ‘Blimey!’was described by Artforum magazine as “…one of the best-selling contemporary-art books ever.” (Kate Bush on the YBA Sensation, Artforum, 2004). The article went on to say that Collings “invented the perfect voice to complement YBA: He makes an impact without (crucially) ever appearing to try too hard. “
[Quoted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Collings]

He collaborates with the artist Emma Biggs to produce paintings.

“Biggs and Collings are interested in something they have noticed by looking at art from the past. Art, as it used to be understood, has come to an end. But what strikes them is that old ideas and habits of mind are hard to shake off. Former ways of thinking constantly influence behaviour today. You could say that an example of this phenomenon is the way the aestheticisation of the art object has been replaced by the aestheticisation of the art experience. The thorny issue of how the past is present in what we, as a society, see and do, and the way in which it may differ from what we believe we say and do, is at the heart of Biggs’ and Collings’ work”.

Quoted from: http://emmabiggsandmatthewcollings.net/statement/

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