Richard Warren

"Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

The return of the repackaged

Googling recreates the world as a fine, serendipitous conspiracy, with its own pleasing coherence. But then you stumble against the frankly shocking. Wasting time recently fumbling through sideways associations between the abstract painters Richard Smith, Robyn Denny and Ralph Rumney, the Situationist International, the ICA and the CIA, I landed on this:








Yes, at Heart Fine Art dot com you may become the owner of a creased copy of King Mob Echo, the inflammatory broadsheet put out in 1968 by Chris Gray and other British SI rejects, for a mere £395. The price tag announces that it has been redefined as Art. And therefore as an investment. I sold a bunch of situationist ephemera a while ago on eBay and was moderately surprised by one or two high bids, so I suppose we should have seen this coming. Do the revolutionary instruments of one era always become the pricey collectibles of the next? With a bit of luck, the idiot who wastes his money on this will be a hedge fund manager. That would be a kind of potlatch, after all.

While he’s at it, he could add to his basket a blank sheet of Art & Language headed letter paper for just £45. Its blankness will speak volumes.

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