The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty

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9780262181396: The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty
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The Independent Group, or the IG, as it was called, is best known for having launched Pop Art. But the young artists, architects, and critics who met informally at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in the early 1950s were actually embarked on a far more subversive and constructive mission than the founding of an art movement. Street-smart, anti-academic, and iconoclastic, they embraced Hollywood and Madison Avenue and rejected the traditional dichotomies between high and low culture, British and American values. They used their meetings and exhibitions to challenge the official modernist assumptions of British aesthetics and to advocate instead a media-based, consumer-based aesthetics of change and inclusiveness - an aesthetics of plenty. In doing so they drew upon Dadaist, Futurist, and Surrealist strategies to invigorate their alternative version of modernism - a version that today can be said to have insinuated the terms of postmodernism.This book provides the first comprehensive view of the IG's aims and significance. The texts and illustrations fully represent the achievements of its leaders, including artists Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, architects Alison and Peter Smithson, and critics Lawrence Alloway and Reyner Banham. The historic exhibitions that publicized the ideas of IG members are also documented - "Parallel of Life and Art," "Man, Machine and Motions," "This Is Tomorrow," and "An Exhibit." Above all, the book emphasizes the interaction between the exhibitions, discussions, art and writings of IG members, showing the ways in which they established a new aesthetic horizon.David Robbins is a freelance writer and editor in Berkeley, California. Distributed for the University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley.Essays by: Lawrence Alloway, Theo Crosby, Barry Curtis, Diane Kirkpatrick, David Mellor, David Robbins, Denise Scott Brown, Alison and Peter Smithson, David ThistlewoodRetrospective Statements by: Lawrence Alloway, Mary Banham, Richard Hamilton, Geoffrey Holroyd, Magda Cordell McHale, Dorothy Morland, Eduardo Paolozzi, Toni del Renzio, Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling, William Turnbull, Colin St. John Wilson

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Robbins , David ed. / Lawrence Alloway / Graham Whitham / Jacquelynn Baas / et al
Editorial: MIT Press (1990)
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Descripción MIT Press, 1990. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. Photographs Throughout Ilustrador. 1st Edition. 9-3/4 x 12-1/4 x 1". STILL SEALED 1990 illustrated Large Hardcover book in original Jacket; still sealed in original publisher's shrinkwrap. BRAND NEW from 1990 publisher; Never opened, Never marked. Big handsome book, bright canary yellow cloth over boards, with black endpages; in color collage jacket. Book size: 12-1/4" wide x 9-3/4" tall x 1" thick; weighs over 3 pounds. 256 pages, illustrated profusely throughout with black & white photographs of the artists, their artwork, ads, and more. With introductions by Lawrence Alloway & Jacquelynn Baas ; retrospective statements by each of the surviving members of the IG group ; chronology of 1950 & before through 1959 & after & the only surviving transcript from a meeting of the IG , in 1955 . The major members of the IG . or Independent Group . Britain's postmodernists . who came to prominence during the period of the 1950s in England , included critics Lawrence Alloway, Reyner Banham, Frank Cordell , Magda Cordell; artists Richard Hamilton, Nigel Henderson, Geoffrey Holroyd, John McHale, artist Eduardo Paolozzi, Toni Del Renzio; architects Alison Smithson, Peter Smithson, James Stirling, William Turnbull , more . Best known for having launched Pop Art , they met informally at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in the early 50s & were actually embarked on a far more subversive and constructive mission than the founding of an art movement . Street-smart , anti-academic , and iconclastic , they were suspicious of social privilege, and in love with the products of mass culture so disdained by the cultural elite . They used their meetings and exhibitions to challenge the official modernist assumptions of British aesthetics, and to advocate instead a media-based, consumer-based esthetic of change and inclusiveness - an aesthetics of plenty. In doing so, they drew upon Dadaist, Futurist and Surrealist strategies to invigorate their alternative version of modernism - a version which today can be said to have insinuated the terms of postmodernism . This book provides the first comprehensive view of the IG's aims and significance. The texts and illustrations fully represent the achievements of its leaders, and the historic exhibitions that publicized the ideas of IG members are also documented - Parallel of Life and Art - Man, Machine and Motion - This is Tomorrow - and an Exhibit . Above all, this book emphasizes the interaction between the exhibitions, discussions, art and writing of Independent Group members . The IG thereby established a new aesthetic horizon, resolutely democratic and non-heirarchic, whose contemporary relevance is addressed in several of the essays included here . Theo Crosby recalls the architectural challenges of the postwar situation ; Alison & Peter Smithson discuss the 'as found' tradition in several media ; Denise Scott Brown links the Brutalist milieu in London with later American architectural developments . The book closes with studies of aesthetic and social issues surrounding the IG, written by American and British scholars . " The Independent Group - Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty " , edited by David Robbins , 1990 still sealed in publisher's shrink wrap Hard cover book in DJ , published by MIT Press, Cambridge Mass. *** Secure packing, Safe Shipping since 1965 *** 9-3/4 x 12-1/4 x 1". Nº de ref. de la librería 6367

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