High Art Lite: British Art in the 1990s

High Art Lite: British Art in the 1990s

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ISBN13: 9781859843185
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Takes a cool and critical look at British art of the 1990s. British art has reinvented itself and successfully courted a wider popularity than ever before - but has it done so at the price of dumbing down? Stallabrass provides a sustained analysis of the British art scene, examing in detail the work of its leading figures.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 352
Item Height 25 mm
Item Width 166 mm
Item Weight 602 Gram
Product Dimensions 166 x 25 x 198
Publisher Verso Books
Format Paperback | 352

Julian Stallabrass, in his Verrine blast against Britart, combines the early Berger's fierce critique of consumerist contamination with the later Berger's sense of art's high purpose. --Marina Warner, London Review of Books I cannot help but endorse his analysis of the high art lite tendency ... its abject willingness to be f**ked up by the cult of celebrity; f**ked over by the 1990s boom in consumerism; f**ked sideways by its adoption of the styles and modes of popular culture; and f**ked to buggery by its co-option by a new Labourite idiotology. --Will Self A lacerating analysis of the reactionary tendencies of high art lite itself. -- Financial Times This is a sharp and sensible book about something that seemed unlikely to attract such treatment--the new, rude, jokey, confrontational British Art of the 1990s. -- Evening Standard A full-throated attack on the 'new British art, ' a movement obsessed with commerce and cults of the personal, that manages to be smarter and more far-reaching than its hyped-hopped-up subject ... Nimbly written and bolstered by a constellation of critical and cultural referents: balanced, engrossing, historically framed examination of this latest avant-garde, so startling yet so oddly familiar. -- Kirkus Review He asks the questions that people would like addressed, and gives the thoughtful and provocative answers. What is the real worth of these artefacts? --Richard Gott, Independent Stallabrass has done us all a favour. He's taken on a dirty job and we are all indebted to him ... his analysis is lucid and penetrating. It's also quite funny ... something to be read voluntarily with pleasure. -- Art and Language, everything magazine

Julian Stallabrass is Reader in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. His other books include Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art, Gargantua: Manufactured Mass Culture, and Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce.