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Contemporary British Art

Author : Grant Pooke
ISBN : 9781135654832
Genre : Art
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The last few decades have been among the most dynamic within recent British cultural history. Artists across all genres and media have developed and re-fashioned their practice against a radically changing social and cultural landscape – both national and global. This book takes a fresh look at some of the themes, ideas and directions which have informed British art since the later 1980s through to the first decade of the new millennium. In addition to discussing some iconic images and examples, it also looks more broadly at the contexts in which a new ‘post-conceptual’ generation of artists, those typically born since the late 1950s and 1960s have approached and developed aspects of their professional practice. Contemporary British Art is an ideal introduction to the field. To guide the reader, the book is organised around genres or related practices – painting; sculpture and installation; and film, video and performance. The first chapter explores aspects of the contemporary art market and some of the contexts within which art is made, supported and exhibited. The chapters that discuss various genres of art practice also mention books that may be useful to support further reading. Extensively illustrated with a wide range of work (both known, and less well-known) from artists such as Chris Ofili, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, Banksy, Anthony Gormley, Jack Vettriano, Sam Taylor-Wood, Steve McQueen and Tracey Emin, and many more.

Beyond Frontiers

Author : Amal Ghosh
ISBN : UCSD:31822030790240
Genre : Art
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Contemporary British Women Artists

Author : Rebecca Fortnum
ISBN : 9780857718235
Genre : Art
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Enlightening, absorbing and frequently very funny, collected here are brand new interviews with twenty of the most important women artists practising internationally and based in Britain today. The interviews, with artists spanning different generations and working in media and modes as diverse as performance art, painting, sculpture, video and installation, give first-hand insights into both the artists' lives and the creative process. Here we find out how it feels to perform in front of an audience; about having to make money whilst trying to make art, and about the struggle to work in the face of loaded intellectual and political expectations - having to defend a love of ‘bourgeois’ modernism, for example, or an ambivalent relationship with feminism. All the while the artists’ genuine excitement about materials and the making process, as much as issues or ideas, shines through, making this is a collection which will be particularly enjoyed by artists themselves. Fortnum speaks to: Jananne Al-Ani, Gillian Ayres, Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Sonia Boyce, Maria Chevska, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Anya Gallacio, Lucy Gunning, Jane Harris, Runa Islam, Vanessa Jackson, Emma Kay, Tanya Kovats, Maria Lalic, Hayley Newman, Paula Rego, Jemima Stehli and Tomoko Takahashi.

British Art And The Seven Years War

Author : Douglas Fordham
ISBN : 9780812242430
Genre : Art
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Between the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and the American Declaration of Independence, London artists transformed themselves from loosely organized professionals into one of the most progressive schools of art in Europe. In British Art and the Seven Years' War Douglas Fordham argues that war and political dissent provided potent catalysts for the creation of a national school of art. Over the course of three tumultuous decades marked by foreign wars and domestic political dissent, metropolitan artists—especially the founding members of the Royal Academy, including Joshua Reynolds, Paul Sandby, Joseph Wilton, Francis Hayman, and Benjamin West—creatively and assiduously placed fine art on a solid footing within an expansive British state. London artists entered into a golden age of art as they established strategic alliances with the state, even while insisting on the autonomy of fine art. The active marginalization of William Hogarth's mercantile aesthetic reflects this sea change as a newer generation sought to represent the British state in a series of guises and genres, including monumental sculpture, history painting, graphic satire, and state portraiture. In these allegories of state formation, artists struggled to give form to shifting notions of national, religious, and political allegiance in the British Empire. These allegiances found provocative expression in the contemporary history paintings of the American-born artists Benjamin West and John Singleton Copley, who managed to carve a patriotic niche out of the apolitical mandate of the Royal Academy of Arts.

A Companion To British Art

Author : Dana Arnold
ISBN : 9781118313770
Genre : Art
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This companion is a collection of newly-commissioned essays written by leading scholars in the field, providing a comprehensive introduction to British art history. A generously-illustrated collection of newly-commissioned essays which provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of British art Combines original research with a survey of existing scholarship and the state of the field Touches on the whole of the history of British art, from 800-2000, with increasing attention paid to the periods after 1500 Provides the first comprehensive introduction to British art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, one of the most lively and innovative areas of art-historical study Presents in depth the major preoccupations that have emerged from recent scholarship, including aesthetics, gender, British art’s relationship to Modernity, nationhood and nationality, and the institutions of the British art world

High Art Lite

Author : Julian Stallabrass
ISBN : 1859843182
Genre : Art
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High Art Lite takes a cool and critical look at the way in which British art in the 1990s has reinvented itself, successfully appealing both to the mass media and to the elite art world. In this extensively illustrated polemic, Julian Stallabrass asks whether it has done so at the price of dumbing down and selling out. 18 color and 53 b/w photographs.

What Is Contemporary Art

Author : Terry Smith
ISBN : 9780226764313
Genre : Art
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Who gets to say what counts as contemporary art? Artists, critics, curators, gallerists, auctioneers, collectors, or the public? Revealing how all of these groups have shaped today’s multifaceted definition, Terry Smith brilliantly shows that an historical approach offers the best answer to the question: What is Contemporary Art? Smith argues that the most recognizable kind is characterized by a return to mainstream modernism in the work of such artists as Richard Serra and Gerhard Richter, as well as the retro-sensationalism of figures like Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. At the same time, Smith reveals, postcolonial artists are engaged in a different kind of practice: one that builds on local concerns and tackles questions of identity, history, and globalization. A younger generation embodies yet a third approach to contemporaneity by investigating time, place, mediation, and ethics through small-scale, closely connective art making. Inviting readers into these diverse yet overlapping art worlds, Smith offers a behind-the-scenes introduction to the institutions, the personalities, the biennials, and of course the works that together are defining the contemporary. The resulting map of where art is now illuminates not only where it has been but also where it is going.

British Culture Of The Post War

Author : Alastair Davies
ISBN : 9781135100087
Genre : History
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From Angus Wilson to Pat Barker and Salman Rushdie, British Culture of the Post-War is an ideal starting point for those studying cultural developments in Britain of recent years. Chapters on individual people and art forms give a clear and concise overview of the progression of different genres. They also discuss the wider issues of Britain's relationship with America and Europe, and the idea of Britishness. Each section is introduced with a short discussion of the major historical events of the period. Read as a whole, British Culture of the Postwar will give students a comprehensive introduction to this turbulent and exciting period, and a greater understanding of the cultural production arising from it.

Contemporary British Art In Print

Author : Patrick Elliott
ISBN : UOM:39015055928827
Genre : Art
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The Tate Britain Companion To British Art

Author : Richard Humphreys
ISBN : STANFORD:36105025378444
Genre : Art
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This lavishly illustrated book draws on Tate Britain's unrivaled collections to provide a lively and informative introduction to the story of art in Britain over the last 500 years. Author Richard Humphreys examines works by all the major artists, both in their own right and placed in broader contexts to convey their full richness and beauty.Among the artists whose work is featured in beautiful colorplates are Turner, van Dyck, Hogarth, Constable, and Rossetti; the 20th century is represented by Gwen John, Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, and Gilbert and George, as well Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, and other leading contemporary artists.

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