Doodaaa : The Balletic Art of Gavin Twinge - A Novel
Ralph Steadman, the creator of his own inimitable visions of Freud, Dante, Orwell, Alice and the Great Gonzo, now offers the (auto)biography of his artistic alter ego, the redoubtable Gavin Twinge. Twinge, last remnant of a nineteenth-century 'domestic engineering' dynasty, founder of the DOODAAA school, and pioneer of Barcode Art, Shredded Literature and Aerial Abstracts, is the original angry voice of contemporary art. The question Steadman sets out to answer is: Who hurt Gavin into art? Was it his mother, who fought in the Spanish Civil War? Or Gavin's travelling salesman 'father'? Or indeed, his biological father, the little-known Beat poet Howell Northern? Or Silas Gonad, the sinister doctor who attended at his birth? Or the art establishment itself? From the moment Steadman first meets Twinge, it becomes his quest to get to the heart of the mystery. Whether he has to penetrate the deep south of the South of France by London taxi, where Gavin finds inspiration with his fellow Doodaaists or witness the creation of the banned installation "The Philosophy of French Plumbing", Steadman sticks by his man, matching him drink.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 128.5 x 195.6 x 23.1mm | 312.98g
- 03 Nov 2003
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- Illustrations, some col., facsims., ports.
"What we have here is not only an amusing tale, but an important document in art history."
About Ralph Steadman
Ralph Steadman, artist, writer, sculptor, political cartoonist and designer of labels for vintage wines, is the author of many illustrated books including Sigmund Freud, I Leonardo, The Big I am, The Scar-strangled Banner, Alice and Animal Farm. He is the Gardening Correspondent for Rolling Stone and illustrator of Hunter S. Thompson's infamous Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This is his first (auto)biography.