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F**K: The Human Odyssey - Chris Beetles Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of artwork from the book by Martin Rowson, FUCK: The Human Odyssey is on display at Chris Beetles Gallery from September 22 to September 27, 2008.

In this latest exhibition, sixty seven ‘splendidly satirical images’ tell the story of the Earth from the Big Bang to to the end of the world.

This is a brave and important book in the history of graphic humour. Hopeless and despairing as it is in this collection, humour is one of the only weapons left that artists have to fight the relentless greed and cruelty of progress. FUCK is a remarkable book which will further comfort the sensibilities of Mankind in the face of the bleak inevitability of Evolution.

Rowson has been a full-time freelance cartoonist since graduating from Cambridge University in 1982. His cartoons have appeared regularly in The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Spectator, Tribune, The Morning Star and many other publications. Twice winner of the Cartoon Museum’s Political Cartoonist of the Year, he has also produced many books, including a memoir, Stuff, a novel called Snatches and graphic adaptations of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land and Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.

He was appointed Cartoonist Laureate for London by Ken Livingstone in 2001 (and reappointed by Boris Johnson in 2008, subject to terms and conditions), and is also an honorary associate of The National Secular Society, a trustee of The Cartoon Museum and a former vice-president of the Zoological Society of London.

His latest book tells the story of Earth, from the Big Bang, the emergence of life, the death of the dinosaurs, the dawn of civilization, the invention of the wheel, the Trojan War, the Crucifixion, the Fall of Rome, the Black Death, the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution, World War One, Nazism, consumerism, the Cold War, 9/11 and beyond to the End of the World, in sixty seven beautiful, savage, splendidly satirical images, all with only one word in the speech bubbles.

Times: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 and 10 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6QB.

Telephone: 0207 839 7551, Fax: 0207 839 1603.

To view the images visit the Chris Beetles Gallery website.