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Art and Culture in the 1960s

Lisa Tickner

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A groundbreaking and extensively researched account of the 1960s London art scene

In the 1960s, London became a vibrant hub of artistic production. Postwar reconstruction, jet air travel, television arts programs, new color supplements, a generation of young artists, dealers, and curators, the influx of international film companies, the projection of “creative Britain” as a national brand—all nurtured and promoted the emergence of London as “a new capital of art.” Extensively illustrated and researched, this book offers an unprecedented, rich account of the social field that constituted the lively London scene of the 1960s. In clear, fluent prose, Tickner presents an innovative sequence of critical case studies, each of which explores a particular institution or event in the cultural life of London between 1962 and 1968. The result is a kaleidoscopic view of an exuberant decade in the history of British art.

Distributed for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Lisa Tickner is an honorary professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art and University of London and professor emerita of art history, Middlesex University.

“[E]loquent moments are investigated and analysed in a style that reminds us of the author’s academic credentials, at the same time as showing a wide and warm immersion in her subject and a generous range of reference.”—Julia Sutherland, Financial Times 

“A scholarly, beautifully constructed survey of the London art scene of the 1960s that focuses on a fascinating cast of glamorous characters and gritty drama, with much that resonates with today's art world”—Hettie Judah, Art Newspaper

“The author offers stimulating insights . . . Lucidly written and profusely illustrated, this valuable study should appeal to a wide audience.”
—W. S. Rodner, Choice
ISBN: 9781913107109
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
416 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
80 color + 120 b/w illus.
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