Art: Sink & Swim

While Britain's postwar generation of Angry Young Men lash themselves into a low-powered tantrum over the grubby, provincial world they have inherited in the Brave New World of socialism, a group of young realist painters, known as the "Kitchen-Sinkers," celebrate with gusto the seamy world of cluttered kitchen tables precisely because it is "common to everyone." It is a world in which the plumber is hero, being both "a craftsman and a necessity." A good part of the Kitchen-Sink work looks as if a plumber could have painted it, including some still lifes that focus hard on that hardy piece of...

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