Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Do be so Childish...

What is Billy Childish? No attempt at classification would be complete without the ubiquitous list of his prolific achievements as painter, poet, writer, photographer and musician. All branches of art yes, but what truly makes him an artist is his amateurism. As he says himself, “My ambition is to do what I want to do, the way I want to do it, and do it right.” And boy does he do a lot of it. Doing it all for himself, however, means that he doesn’t have much time for the media, and even less for the ‘art world’. It is perhaps not surprising then that this is the first time a public institution has brought together a major solo exhibition all his various outpourings. And if its rarity makes it unique, an appearance – and perhaps an explanation – by the amateurist himself makes it a must…

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