'A lucid and vibrant introduction to a pivotal three decades in British artistic and cultural history. This incisive and wide-ranging book provides a perceptive and illuminating framework for understanding the complexities of a rich and creative period within contemporary art.' – Dr Diana Newall, Research Fellow, The Open University
'Contemporary British Art is no mere survey but an informed, thought-provoking and skilfully crafted introduction to the last twenty or so years of creative endeavour. Clearly and accessibly written, it opens up an increasingly expanding and complex field of cultural production by expertly weaving insightful ideas and comment with a diverse range of examples, some of which are refreshingly unfamiliar.' – Dr Graham Whitham, Art Historian
'The art market is the subject of the first chapter, getting the book off to a strong start and connecting it to the recent trend in surveys of British art to contextualize and critique works of art primarily within an institutional framework. Pooke's chapter on installation art, the third in the book, also foregrounds institutions but provides, in addition, detailed descriptions of installation works and theories about the practice--especially those of Claire Bishop--that will rivet readers. Summing Up: Recommended.' – CHOICE'Grant Pooke’s Contemporary British Art is one of the first (if not the first) survey books to be written on the art produced in Britain between 1987 and 2007, and a thorough account of recent artists, art practices and thematic tendencies is provided. Works of art are carefully described and discussed in a clear, jargon-free style, making this book accessible to a wide audience; it will undoubtedly become a mainstay of school and undergraduate reading lists.' – Art History
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).