The Art of Brutalism

Rescuing Hope from Catastrophe in 1950s Britain

Author: Ben Highmore

Publisher: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

ISBN: 0300222742

Category: Architecture and society

Page: 297

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While most famously associated with numerous mid-century architects, Brutalism was a style of visual art that was also adopted by painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Taking into account Brutalist work by eminent artists such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, as well as lesser-known practitioners like Nigel Henderson and Magda Cordell , this volume focuses on a ten-year period between 1952 and 1962 when artists refused a programmatic set of aesthetics and began experimenting with images that had no set focal point, using non-traditional materials like bombsite debris in their work, and producing objects that were characterized by wit and energy along with anxiety, trauma, and melancholia. This original study offers insights into how Brutalism enabled British artists of the mid-20th century to respond ethically and aesthetically to the challenges posed by the rise of consumer culture and unbridled technological progress.

Raw Concrete

The Beauty of Brutalism

Author: Barnabas Calder

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448151295

Category: Architecture

Page: 416

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ALICE DAVIS HITCHCOCK AWARD 'Brilliant' Elain Harwood 'Part history, part aesthetic autobiography, wholly engaging and liable to convince those procrastinators sitting (uncomfortably) on the concrete fence' Jonathan Meades 'A learned and passionate book' Simon Bradley, author of The Railways ‘A compelling and evocative read, meticulously researched, and filled with insight and passion’ Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts The raw concrete buildings of the 1960s constitute the greatest flowering of architecture the world has ever seen. The biggest construction boom in history promoted unprecedented technological innovation and an explosion of competitive creativity amongst architects, engineers and concrete-workers. The Brutalist style was the result. Today, after several decades in the shadows, attitudes towards Brutalism are slowly changing, but it is a movement that is still overlooked, and grossly underrated. Raw Concrete overturns the perception of Brutalist buildings as the penny-pinching, utilitarian products of dutiful social concern. Instead it looks a little closer, uncovering the luxuriously skilled craft and daring engineering with which the best buildings of the 1960s came into being: magnificent architectural visions serving clients rich and poor, radical and conservative. Beginning in a tiny hermitage on the remote north Scottish coast, and ending up backstage at the National Theatre, Raw Concrete embarks on a wide-ranging journey through Britain over the past sixty years, stopping to examine how eight extraordinary buildings were made – from commission to construction – why they have been so vilified, and why they are beginning to be loved. In it, Barnabas Calder puts forward a powerful case: Brutalism is the best architecture there has ever been, and perhaps the best there ever will be.

As Found

The Discovery of the Ordinary ; [British Architecture and Art of the 1950s ; Parallel of Life and Art, New Brutalism, Independent Group, Free Cinema, Angry Young Men, Kitchen Sink]

Author: Claude Lichtenstein,Thomas Schregenberger

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783907078433

Category: Architecture

Page: 319

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British art and architecture of the 1950s are little known but extraordinarily topical today. Of particular relevance are the activities of the Independent Group, a loosely structured organization whose members included artists Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Magda Cordell, photographer Nigel Henderson, critics Reyner Banham and Lawrence Alloway, and architects Alison and Peter Smithson, James Stirling, and Colin St. John Wilson, who sought the essence of the everyday through a sensitivity to the hardships and charm of life in the raw. As Found encounters the transdisciplinary relationship between the constructed environment as it is visually perceived and verbally expressed.

Reyner Banham

Historian of the Immediate Future

Author: Nigel Whiteley

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262731652

Category: Architecture

Page: 494

View: 8400


An intellectual biography of the cultural critic Reyner Banham.

The Art Guide

Format : ePub 3

Author: Françoise Grellet

Publisher: Nathan

ISBN: 2098127286

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 316

View: 7061


Les repères essentiels de l'art britannique et américain, du XVIème au XXIème siècle, présentés de manière chronologique pour mieux souligner les liens antre arts visuels, littérature et histoire. Ce précis s'adresse aux élèves, aux étudiants ainsi qu'à ceux qui ont besoin de références et de repères clairs et concis pour mieux connaître l'art britannique et américain. Il présente les repères essentiels de l'art britannique et américain, du XVIème au XXIème siècle, dans une approche chronologique pour faciliter les rapprochements entre les différents arts d'une période donnée et pour considérer l'œuvre d'art dans son contexte historique, social et culturel. Écrit en anglais, cet ouvrage sera tout particulièrement utile aux étudiants qui préparent un examen ou un concours en leur permettant de restituer le contexte historique, social et politique d'une œuvre. Cet ouvrage présente : - en 14 chapitres (8 sont consacrés à l'art britannique, 5 à l'art américain et 1 au post-modernisme envisagé au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis) organisés chronologiquement, les grands courants artistiques qui ont traversé l'art britannique depuis la Renaissance et l'art américain depuis l'arrivée des premiers colons ; - l'étude détaillée de certaines œuvres afin de comprendre les apports des grands artistes qui ont jalonné l'histoire artistique britannique et américaine ; - de nombreuses références à la musique et à la littérature. Cet ouvrage est disponible au format ePub 3 en téléchargement à lire en version électronique sur votre ordinateur, sur votre tablette ou sur votre smartphone.


Post-War British Architecture, Second Edition

Author: Alexander Clement

Publisher: The Crowood Press

ISBN: 1785004247

Category: Architecture

Page: 176

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The term 'Brutalism' is used to describe a form of architecture that appeared, mainly in Europe, from around 1945-75. Uncomprimisingly modern, this trend in architecture was both striking and arresting and, perhaps like no other style before or since, aroused extremes of emotion and debate. Some regarded Brutalist buildings as monstrous soulless structures of concrete, steel and glass, whereas others saw the genre as a logical progression, having its own grace and balance. In this revised second edition, Alexander Clement continues the debate of Brutalism in post-war Britain to the modern day, studying a number of key buildings and developments in the fields of civic, educational, commercial, leisure, private and ecclesiastical architecture. With new and improved illustrations, fresh case studies and profiles of the most influential architects, this new edition affords greater attention to iconic buildings and structures. Now that the age of Brutalism is a generation behind us, it is possible to view the movement with a degree of rational reappraisal, study how the style evolved and gauge its effect on Britain's urban landscape. This book will be of interest to architecture students, design students and anyone interested in post-war architecture. Fully illustrated with 160 colour and 4 black & white photographs.

The Architecture of Art History

A Historiography

Author: Mark Crinson,Richard J. Williams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350020931

Category: Architecture

Page: 184

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What is the place of architecture in the history of art? Why has it been at times central to the discipline, and at other times seemingly so marginal? What is its place now? Many disciplines have a stake in the history of architecture – sociology, anthropology, human geography, to name a few. This book deals with perhaps the most influential tradition of all – art history – examining how the relation between the disciplines of art history and architectural history has waxed and waned over the last one hundred and fifty years. In this highly original study, Mark Crinson and Richard J. Williams point to a decline in the importance attributed to the role of architecture in art history over the last century – which has happened without crisis or self-reflection. The book explores the problem in relation to key art historical approaches, from formalism, to feminism, to the social history of art, and in key institutions from the Museum of Modern Art, to the journal October. Among the key thinkers explored are Banham, Baxandall, Giedion, Panofsky, Pevsner, Pollock, Riegl, Rowe, Steinberg, Wittkower and Wölfflin. The book will provoke debate on the historiography and present state of the discipline of art history, and it makes a powerful case for the reconsideration of architecture.

The Art of Brazil

Author: Carlos Alberto Cerqueira Lemos,José Roberto Teixeira Leite,Pedro Manuel Gismonti

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


Category: Art

Page: 318

View: 553


"Marcel Breuer: Bauhaus Tradition, Brutalist Invention"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v. 74, no. 1 (Summer, 2015)

Author: Barry Bergdoll,John H. Beyer

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588396118

Category: Architecture

Page: 48

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Following the opening of The Met Breuer, this fascinating Bulletin contextualizes the architectural masterpiece now dedicated to displaying The Met’s collection of modern and contemporary art. Designed by one of the twentieth century’s most visionary architects, the Breuer building is a Brutalist icon and a work of art in its own right, known for its monumentality and stark purity of materials. Providing not just a history of the building commission, but also charting the artistic journey of Marcel Breuer from Bauhaus-educated furniture designer to world-renowned architect, this informative publication both records and contributes to the rich history surrounding Breuer and his landmark museum.

Franz Riepl baut auf dem Land

Eine Ästhetik des Selbstverständlichen

Author: Hans Kolb,Albert Kirchengast

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035615640

Category: Architecture

Page: 112

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Die Architektur des in München und Linz arbeitenden Architekten Franz Riepl steht für Zurückhaltung im Entwurf und für Empfindsamkeit im Detail. Die Stimmigkeit, die seine Architektur im Alltag erreicht, basiert auf der Kenntnis von Vorbildlichem. So findet seine Baukunst zu verständlicher Form. Sie entwickelt mit den Jahren Patina, die sinnlich erfahrbare Atmosphäre verbreitet. Dieser seltenen Qualität spürt das Buch nach: in einem Interview, in dem Riepl über Räume und Möbel spricht; mit einem Fotoessay über 6 Projekte: ein Vierkanthof, eine Wohnung, ein Wohnhaus, ein Fleischerei-Geschäft sowie zwei Gasthäuser. Diese Bilder werden durch Pläne und Zeichnungen ergänzt. Ein Essay untersucht Riepls Umgang mit der Patina und mit der Nutzung neuerer Bauten.

Portrait of the Artist's Wife

Author: Barbara Anderson

Publisher: Victoria University Press

ISBN: 0864737149

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

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Victoria University Press is enormously proud to publish a new edition of one of New Zealand?s favourite novels, published to critical acclaim here and in the UK and US, and winner of the Wattie Award in 1992. ?The promise that was evident in Girls High has been splendidly fulfilled, and now it seems only a matter of time before Wellington replaces New York as the literary capital of the world.? ?Nick Hornby, Sunday Times 'She really is world class ? her writing's like a richly detailed painting, she gets the details just right.' ?Sharon Crosbie Evening Post 'It is a testament to Anderson's style and skill as a writer that these places and decades are brought to the page with such energy, yet also with such a finely judged mix of humour and sympathy.' ?Caroline Wilder Sunday Star 'This is a moving, universal novel, a pleasure to read.' ?Sophy Kershaw Time Out 'Barbara Anderson's novel is a rarity; an unadulterated, unpretentious, enjoyable read.' ?Julie Morrice Glasgow Herald 'It is an enormously entertaining book with perceptions so true they leave you glowing in startled recognition.'?Patricia Thwaites Otago Daily Times ?A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail ? and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken.? ?Dirk Bogarde

Illuminati Hunter

Adam Weishaupt and the Eye of Horus

Author: Sebastian P. Drechsler

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 178222355X

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

View: 6671


If the incredible story in this one hundred year old book is true then it will change the way you think about the world forever. Ride with Sebastian Drechsler, flawed freshman student of 1784’s Ingolstadt University, as he gallops through this rollicking conspiracy adventure. Under the watchful eye of Professor Van Halestrom he is trained to do battle with the infamous Bavarian Illuminati which schemes to take over the world using the debt of revolution and war to enslave mankind under the yoke of the Luciferian doctrine plunging civilisation into oblivion and eternal darkness. 'With its footnotes, which turn into fascinating hypertext links on the e-book versions, historical intrigue, breathless excitement and a reluctant but hilariously sarcastic hero make Illuminati Hunter like Flashman on Crystal meth.' Ethan Harrison Republisher.

Camera Constructs

Photography, Architecture and the Modern City

Author: Mr Andrew Higgott,Mr Timothy Wray

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472445384

Category: Architecture

Page: 384

View: 6159


Camera Constructs reflects critically on the varied interactions of the different practices by which photographers, artists, architects, theorists and historians engage with the relationship of the camera to architecture, the city and the evolution of Modernism. Including twenty-three essays by a wide range of historians and theorists this book provides a rich and highly original analysis of the relationship of photography to built form from the early modern period to the present day.

Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781899926183

Category: Brutalism (Architecture)

Page: 55

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'Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy' is based around six of Sheffield's famous and not so famous brutalist buildings. Twenty artists and writers from Sheffield and Berlin were invited to contribute to a book which contains speculations, proposals, enquiries, and challenges founded on these six buildings.