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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Ltd (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906817596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906817596
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lowndes has created a veritable bible... a fascinating social history. --Moira Jeffrey, The Herald

Perceptively attuned to the aesthetics idiosyncratic to Glasgow. --Neil Mulholland, Frieze

... a fascinating study of the music and visual scene in Glasgow. --Sukhdev Saandhli, The New Satesman

About the Author

Dr. Sarah Lowndes is a lecturer, curator and writer based in Glasgow. Lowndes lectures in the Historical and Critical Studies Department at Glasgow School of Art, where her research focuses on artist-led projects, interdisciplinary and performance-related practice and contemporary art. She has contributed to publications including 'Frieze', 'Art on Paper', 'Spike Art Quarterly' and 'Afterall'.

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I have to qualify that I have no academic credentials. So for me with limited capacity to comprehend I declare the book (as far as I have read) a tedious account of Glasgow's developing contemporary art scene as journeyed from the inevitable industrial foundations into a detailed account of activities, movements and associated identifications of people and places. A record in part interesting and potentially relevant but dispersed with seemingly trivial even inane references of activities unconvincingly amplified to attain academic prowess. There is a gulf between 'ordinary' man/woman's attempt to appreciate contemporary art and the academics who are able, understandably to manage 'their' exclusive realm. if your 'dead clever' it maybe worth a read?
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Lownde's book, now in it's updated second edition, successfully captures the small serial events that are often at the heart of the glasgow art experience. Given the sheer number of such events and their elusiveness, this is quite an achievement. For once, the realities of a grassroots art scene come to the fore rather than the mainstream official histories that we are all used to now.

This book is vital if you're interested in the recent history of glasgow's art production but it has a broader appeal too for anyone interested in the ways in which small events accumulate into something important whether in music, art or contemporary inner city life. It puts most art histories to shame by focusing democratically on a broad spread of artists rather than reheat a tired version of 'landmark events'.
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Social Sculpture is an invaluable text for anyone interested to know about the alternative arts scene in Glasgow. Since it was first published it has only become more relevant, charting as it does the germination of a unique milieu for artists, writers and musicians and is the best survey of the components that collectively have been more recently dubbed 'The Glasgow Miracle'. The author writes with flair and has done a comprehensive job in talking to all the key figures in the field. Heartily recommended as a research tool, an inspiring survey and a really good read! I use this continually to orientate as each Turner Prize is announced and the latest new band emerges from Glasgow.
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If you want to know anything about the Glasgow Art scene, THIS is the only book you need. Fascinating!
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