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British Art in the Nuclear Age

Edited by Catherine Jolivette

© 2014 – Routledge

312 pages

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About the Book

Rooted in the study of objects, British Art in the Nuclear Age addresses the role of art and visual culture in discourses surrounding nuclear science and technology, atomic power, and nuclear warfare in Cold War Britain. Examining both the fears and hopes for the future that attended the advances of the nuclear age, nine original essays explore the contributions of British-born and émigré artists in the areas of sculpture, textile and applied design, painting, drawing, photo-journalism, and exhibition display. Artists discussed include: Francis Bacon, John Bratby, Lynn Chadwick, Prunella Clough, Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, Peter Laszlo Peri, Isabel Rawsthorne, Alan Reynolds, Colin Self, Graham Sutherland, Feliks Topolski and John Tunnard. Also under discussion is new archival material from Picture Post magazine, and the Festival of Britain. Far from insular in its concerns, this volume draws upon cross-cultural dialogues between British and European artists and the relationship between Britain and America to engage with an interdisciplinary art history that will also prove useful to students and researchers in a variety of fields including modern European history, political science, the history of design, anthropology, and media studies.

Reviews

Winner, The Historians of British Art Book Award

’A wonderfully diverse and wide-ranging book that significantly increases our understanding of the complex role of art, artists, imagery and popular culture in the nuclear age.’ Jonathan Hogg, University of Liverpool, UK

'I was deeply impressed by this book which opens up vivid and sometimes unsuspected contextual avenues of analysis for British post war art and culture. Where it is truly novel is in the real grasp on the materialities of the warfare state in their formative impact on pictorial and sculptural developments.' David Alan Mellor, University of Sussex, UK

'As a cross-disciplinary case study, the essay is a testament to the way one field can shed light upon another, perhaps most importantly by helping it to frame critical questions - in this case, the urgent questions about civilisation's hopes and fears that permeated the nuclear age and that this book, generally speaking, does not shy from.' Burlington Magazine

About the Editor

Catherine Jolivette is Associate Professor of Art & Design, Missouri State University, USA, and author of Landscape, Art and Identity in 1950s Britain.

About the Series

British Art: Histories and Interpretations since 1700

This series exists to publish new and rigorous scholarship of the highest quality on British art after 1700. Proposals will offer new bodies of research or new interpretations, ideally both, and should demonstrate a clear awareness of the proposed volume's contribution to current and wider art-historical debates. We define British art broadly to mean art made in the British Isles or by British artists, and particularly welcome proposals which address the topic from international or comparative cultural perspectives. We also welcome proposals for intellectually ambitious studies concerning more localised areas, issues and themes within British art during this period. Above all, we encourage proposals for books on British art which transcend the descriptive in order to offer a broader methodological and/or historiographical contribution to the discipline of art history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
SCI034000
SCIENCE / History