Contemporary British Art: An Introduction

Contemporary British Art: An Introduction

by Grant Pooke


Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Wednesday, October 24?   Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Shipping at checkout.


Contemporary British Art: An Introduction by Grant Pooke

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415389747
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/11/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents






Cool Britannia, Contemporary Art and the Altermodern

Chapter One: Perspectives on the Contemporary Art Market and its Institutions


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


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


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


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



Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews