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Boogie Woogie Hardcover – 3 Feb 2000


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Duck Editions (3 Feb. 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0715630210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715630211
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,765,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danny Moynihan's Boogie-Woogie is the first novel that the New York art world has deserved for some time. As a curator and artist who has worked extensively in both New York and London, Moynihan has had ample opportunity to observe the bitchy, hysterical, pretentious and money-driven art world that he recreates with often hilarious results in Boogie-Woogie.

The book's title comes from Piet Mondrian's famous painting Broadway Boogie-Woogie, an iconic image of abstract expressionism painted in New York in the 1940s. Alfred and Alfreda Rheingold are the proud but eccentric owners of one of Mondrian's last Boogie-Woogie paintings. In sweaty pursuit of the Mondrian is the reptilian, golf-loving art dealer Art Spindle, who prides himself on once having "managed to sell a Picasso atercolour on the 11th green". What unfolds in the manic attempt to land the Mondrian is a dizzying montage of the great and the not so good of New York's art world. Its neurotic, self-seeking cast list includes the predatory tattooed lesbian video-artist Elaine, the vain but failed artist Jo Richard with a penchant for anal sex, and the lecherous stammering collector Bob Macclestone with his "ah, Brancusi, ah, in the, ah, hallway".

Moynihan paints a satirical and often hilarious portrait of the openings, closings and bad repartee of an art world where as one of Spindle's clients tells him, "That's business, Art". Told in the style of Robert Altman's filmShort Cuts and reminiscent of Altman's own send-up of Hollywood life The Player, Boogie-Woogie does at times become too clever for its own good, and the hollowness of its entire cast grates towards the end. Nevertheless, it is a very funny and wry view of an art world gone mad.--Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'A witty and painfully accurate portrait of the art world in a beautifully constructed tale. No sleep for you the night you open it!' Charles Saatchi" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
A reasonably compelling story of the contemporary art world but the characters are not particularly believable or even interesting. There seems to be some insider knowledge here but I its not exactly well written.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lordofball@aol.com on 7 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
Obviously from the descriptions in Boogie Woogie, Mr Moynihan is a fly on some very interesting walls. The quick cut intensity in which it is written, leaves a short attention span reader(like myself) easily amused and turning the pages mindlessly and breathlessly.It is a must read to anyone interested in the continuing saga of the Bi-Atlantic art scene.Mr Moynihan has curated one of the finest collections of characters ever exhibited in a first novel.What a movie this will make.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
I love this book, it's fun,amusing,entertaining,fast pace and intelligent. The book is also educational because it gives you inside information in a very funny way about the art scene and how it all works it's abstract. Great book I reccomend it, fun reading!
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