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.
Grant Pooke is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, University of Kent. He is the author of Francis Klingender 1907-1955: A Marxist Art Historian Out of Time (2008) and co-author of Art History: The Basics (2008).
Acknowledgements Illustrations Figures Plates Introduction Cool Britannia, Contemporary Art and the Altermodern Chapter One: Perspectives on the Contemporary Art Market and its Institutions Introduction The Contemporary Art Market Contemporary Art, Celebrity & Private Collecting Perspectives on Contemporary Art Patronage The Arts Council's Per Cent for Art Scheme Contexts for Public Art & Other Commissioning Organisations British Art Awards and Prizes The Creative Economy and Cultural Regeneration Contemporary Art Fairs and Biennales Chapter Two: Post-Conceptual British Painting Introduction Painting: Histories, Ideas and Contexts British Painting: Cultural Politics, Dissent and other Narratives Place, Entropy and the Imaginary in Contemporary Painting Remodernism, Stuckism and Film Noir Nostalgia Gestural and Geometric British Painting: Modernisms Revisited Chapter Three: Installation Art and Sculpture as Institutional Paradigms Introduction Installations and Installation Art Site-specific and Non Site-Specific Installations Installation, Objecthood and Active Spectatorship Phenomenology and Installation Art Installation Art, Praxis and Relational Aesthetics Installation Practice as a Dream-Like Encounter Paradigms of Installation Art as Immersive Experience and Subjective Disintegration Installations, Bodily Response and Experience Installation, Politics and Activated Spectatorship `Sculpture in the Expanded Field' - Traditions and Revisions Sculpture as Commodity and Appropriation Sculpture, Ambivalence and the Abject Chapter Four: New Media in Transition: Photography, Video & the Performative Introduction Photography: Contexts & Histories Narratives and Countercultures: Video and Performance Art Performance, Abjection and Other Narratives Documentary Genres: Docu-fiction and Social Reportage Technical Interventions, De-familiarisation and Spectacle Portraiture, Still Life and New Media Art: Objectification and Reversals Post-Conceptual British Art: New Directions Home Bibliography Index