The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-1959 by Anne MasseyThe Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-1959 by Anne Massey

The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-1959

byAnne Massey

Paperback | November 16, 1995

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This study looks at the artists, designers and writers who formed the Independent Group in the early 1950s including such influential figures as Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Nigel Henderson, William Turnball, Rayner Banham and Alison and Peter Smithson. As a group they aimed to raise the status of popular objects and icons within modern visual culture. The development of the Independent Group is mapped out against the changing nature of modernism during the Cold War era, as well as the impact of mass consumption on post-war British society. In this book, Massey examines the cultural context of the formation of the Group, covering the founding of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the meanings of modernism, and the creation of a national identity. Key exhibitions such as "Parallel of Life and Art" and "This Is Tomorrow" are also examined.
Title:The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945-1959Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:November 16, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0719042453

ISBN - 13:9780719042454

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The major aim of this book is to offer a new understanding of the history of Independent Group. To date, the Independent Group's significance has been assessed only within the broader history of Pop Art. This book offers a fresh analysis of the Group with reference to the meaning of modernism and mass culture in post-war Britain.