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The Sixties Art Scene in London [Paperback]

David Mellor
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May 1993
The Sixties witnessed the emergence of some of Britain's most influential artists. This book provides an overview of the interaction of art and culture during this exciting decade. The Sixties saw the rise of many of Britain's most influential artists, among them the painters Bridget Riley, Richard Hamilton and David Hackney and the sculptor Anthony Caro. This book explores the explosion of styles and techniques in painting and sculpture which took place in London between 1956 and 1969, and which brought unparalleled attention from the United States and Europe. It was a period of rapid change in art, music, fashion, graphic design and advertising, and London was shaken from its mood of post-War austerity and propelled into one of consumer optimism and experimentation. By 1965 London was hailed as the new world centre of contemporary art and culture. Much of the art of the time has been overlooked and the important contributions of the painters, sculptors, designers and photographers forgotten. David Mellor redresses the balance and paints a rich and full picture of a fascinating era.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd; New edition edition (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714829102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946372294
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars London art scene of the 1960s 8 Oct 2009
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I got very excited by the title of this book as I am currently starting a Phd thesis on the alternative London art scene in the 1960s. David Mellor is an acknowledged expert on the era and helped curate an exhibition about the 60s at the Barbican Art Gallery. The book is lavishly illustrated and covers a wide variety of artists who were leading the art world at that time. However, the text is to me unsatisfying and seems to consist of a variety of journalistic entries which neither give depth nor are light/amusing enough. For instance, there is no mention of the wonderfully creative and short-lived Arts Lab. This book is great, however, for those who wish to have a quick look at some leading art of the 1960s, and I do not regret buying it.
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