The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty

By: Robbins, David, ed.

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Softcover, 30.8 by 24 cm, 256 pp., heavily illus. Very good with only minor signs of shelf wear. A well-illustrated exhibition guide to this little-known, but important group of artists. From the publisher: “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.”

Title: The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty

Author Name: Robbins, David, ed.

Categories: Art,

Publisher: Cambridge, MA/London, The MIT Press: 1990

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good +

Seller ID: 2881