British Art : A Walk Round the Rusty Pier Paperback
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages, 130 full colour
- Publisher: Southbank Publishing
- Publication Date: 29/09/2006
- Category: General arts
- ISBN: 9781904915058
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Art historian and critic Julian Freeman writes conversationally and with refreshing frankness and directness about British art. Some of the chapter titles perhaps reveal this: Cloudy with Sunny Spells, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Smut: Art and Industry, Your Ugly Mug, there are more simply titled chapters devoted to art in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.This is primarily a text book with illustrations, and as such it works well. The text is well notated with the note references highlighted in red in the text, and the notes themselves appearing at the bottom of the same page. Examples of the work of some of the artists discussed appear alongside the relevant text, or with a page or so, strangely though the works illustrated are often not those mentioned in the text. There are about 160 full colour pictures, most are given a whole page to themselves, although that is not to say that they are full page size - many could have been shown larger than they are.The book includes a bibliography, Register of Artists - a list of artists with their dates, Gallery contact Details, an Index and an Index of Illustrations.A Walk Round the Rust Pier is an interesting and very accessible survey of British art.