The final, 50th anniversary edition of Tom Phillips's `defining masterpiece of postmodernism'
Tom Phillips CBE RA is a painter, writer, translator and composer. Collaborators include the filmmaker Peter Greenaway (A TV Dante), the novelist Salman Rushdie (Merely Connect) and the composer Tarik O'Regan (Heart of Darkness). Informing Phillips's work for half a century, A Humument has appeared in many guises beyond book and exhibition form, including operatically in Irma, digitally as an app and aurally, read by the artist himself. Tom Phillips is also an ardent Africanist. His groundbreaking exhibition `Africa: The Art of a Continent' at the Royal Academy in 1992 attracted huge crowds and enthusiastic reviews. He is himself a collector of African Art, specializing in the arts of Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
'Simply astounding ... and addictive' - Stephen Fry
'Visually stunning' - Daily Telegraph (50 Best Books of the Year)
'One of the most original, fascinating and lovely books of all time' - Brian Eno
'Utterly original, delightful and idiosyncratic' - David Lodge
'Astonishes the eye and amazes the mind' - William H. Gass
'An epic of bawdiness, indirection, verbal and visual digressions, and sheer pleasure in language, colour and shape' - The Economist
'Provokes questions about the balance of intentionality and chance in both art and life' - Times Literary Supplement