The Art of Brutalism : Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain

The Art of Brutalism : Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain
Author: Ben Highmore
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 304
Hours of reading: 5.1 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 40,59 €

About the book

While most famously associated with numerous mid-century architects, Brutalism was a style of visual art that was also adopted by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Taking into account Brutalist work by eminent artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as lesser-known practitioners like Nigel Henderson and Magda Cordell , this volume focuses on a ten-year period between 1952 and 1962 when artists refused a programmatic set of aesthetics and began experimenting with images that had no set focal point, using non-traditional materials like bombsite debris in their work, and producing objects that were characterized by wit and energy along with anxiety, trauma, and melancholia. This original study offers insights into how Brutalism enabled British artists of the mid-20th century to respond ethically and aesthetically to the challenges posed by the rise of consumer culture and unbridled technological progress.




"unusually thought-provoking, and highly recommended." - Timothy Brittain-Catlin, C20 Magazine "By the end of the book, readers will have gained a complex sense of the historical diversity of brutalist visual culture, having moved well beyond the controversial legacy of postwar social housing." - Giulia Smith, Oxford Art Journal "[a] magnificent and handsomely illustrated history" - Conor McCafferty, LSE Review of Books blog "This is a swashbuckling book and its author [...] approaches the subject [...] in a breezily engaging style." - Anne Massey, The Burlington Magazine "Substantiated by documentary evidence, sketches and pop culture tidbits, the tome offers an engaging visually rewarding experience that rests on a solid foundation of art history, which helps to thoroughly understand artistic milieus and what informed them." - Scene Point Blank "The Art of Brutalism is an important publication in terms of both the knowledge of post-war British culture that they expand, and the 'art-historical' methods they employ."-Sam Gathercole, Art History

Ben Highmore Biography

Ben Highmore is Reader in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the author of A Passion for Cultural Studies (2009), Michel de Certeau: Analysing Culture (2006), Cityscapes: Cultural Readings in the Material and Symbolic City (2005), Everyday Life and Cultural Theory (2002) and The Everyday Life Reader (2002). ... Read full biography

Authors: Ben Highmore
Publisher: Yale University Press
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780300222746
ISBN10: 0300222742
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Illustrations: 40 color + 110 b-w illus.
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 304
Book Weight: 1206
Book Dimensions: 199x261x26
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Publication date: July 25, 2017
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Publication City/Country: United States

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