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The Chapman Brothers at Tate Liverpool

So I hopped across to Liverpool yesterday – just 5.60 return (with a railcard) on her majesty’s finest trains. The main reason for the trip was to see the Chapman Brothers’ Bad Art for Bad People at Tate Liverpool:

Chapman art
Chapman art
Chapman art
Chapman art

I think it easily qualifies as one of the best exhibitions I’ve seen. The retrospective crammed in as much work as possible. Their series of comic-style sketches, for example, were stuck haphazardly to the walls, almost as an afterthought.

The Guardian and The Telegraph have been, with the former at pains to point out how unsuitable the exhibition is for children. Or even squeamish adults, one would imagine.

Check out the Guardian’s slideshow for a taster, but I’d say it’s well worth a visit. It runs until March 4. The Patrick Caulfield exhibition is great too, and makes the trip even more worthwhile.

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Does it make me “a squeamish adult” if I admit that I hated it? Not so much that it was disturbing, just tediously repetitive. Though the dinosaurs were cool.

I like a bit of repetition sometimes. The dinosaurs were very popular… I’m pretty sure I saw someone trying to steal one.


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