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The Debrist Manifesto

210x297mm, 52 pages
First published 2021
Text: Scott King
Design: Scott King & Richard Massey

The very existence of this new manifesto means artist Scott King has broken the first of its 14 rules: ‘Never finish anything. This is the first and most important rule of Debrism.’

Showing an admirable grasp of the earnest world of art world proclamations, King turns familiar words and phrases on their heads: the serious becomes funny, the funny serious, as he outlines his thoughts on how to fail better.

Even as he parodies, larger truths emerge. As he recently told Jon Savage in Interview, ‘There are fantastical and ridiculous or comic elements to it, but it is underpinned by the truth.’ Read more

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