London's New Scene Art and Culture in the 1960s Lisa Tickner

Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
09 Jun 2020
ISBN:
9781913107109
Imprint:
Paul Mellon Centre BA
Dimensions:
416 pages: 254 x 190mm
Illustrations:
80 color + 120 b-w illus.
Sales territories:
World

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.

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

“Tickner unpicks the myths of London’s Pop Art counterculture, investigating the transformational moments that allowed the avant-garde to flourish.”—Holly Black, Elephant magazine


“[A] handsome new volume, well-illustrated…which tells of the emergence of London as an international art scene, during the years that followed World War II”—Edward Lucie-Smith, ArtLyst


“Tickner’s case studies range across institutions and events, from films and exhibitions to books and even protests.”—Dance Gazette


“Lisa Tickner takes an in-depth look at the conditions that made 1960s London such a vibrant cultural hub.”—The Arts Society Magazine, ‘Best Books for June’


“The YBA years had nothing on the London art scene of the '60s…Tickner offers a fresh account…through a series of original case studies.”—Apollo Magazine


“[A] comprehensive survey of the burgeoning art scene in London 60 years ago, taking in everyone from Gilbert & George to David Hockney”—The Herald


London’s New Scene is full of unfamiliar material and original ideas…packed with information and reflection, [it] will prove invaluable to students and scholars but is written with a lightness of touch that will also appeal to the general reader.”—Art Daily