The art of brutalism: rescuing hope from catastrophe in 1950s Britain

Highmore, Ben (2017) The art of brutalism: rescuing hope from catastrophe in 1950s Britain. Yale University Press, London. ISBN 9780300222746

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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.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Post-war culture, Britain, Visual art
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Media and Film
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0440 History of the arts > NX0456 20th century. General works > NX0456.5 Special aspects or movements, A-Z > NX0456.5.M64 Modernism
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Depositing User: Ben Highmore
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 12:58
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2020 09:44
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Out of Ruins: The visual culture of New Brutalism in 1950's BritainG0875AHRC-ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCILAH/J007854/1