lineout london

 

london: 18th november 1999 

 

i was asked to offer my view of the london art scene for roberto's latest catalogue following our meeting in september at the home abroad project, frankfurt. 

my immediate thought was where to start. without a doubt the first thing that struck me was that london is still perceived by european colleagues as being the epicentre of the british art scene, and whilst i would love to be able to discuss the strengthsof the national art scene i quickly realised that this was impossible both in terms of my specific experiences and the amount of space in the catalogue. ...

 

... to return to an earlier point, projects in london rise and fall as much with the state of the market as the media attention given to contemporary art. roberto emphasised the point that change has a stron political role to play on the roman art scene, whilst i couldn't see a direct comparison in london, i realised that all "artist led" initiatives are by default a political act, that artists will realise projects by "whatever means necessary" and it is this that has engaged the attention of press and public alike. ...

Lucy Day, by lineout london - london: 18th november 1999, ed. catalogue change 1999-2000