Neo-avant-garde and Postmodern

Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond

Edited by Mark Crinson and Claire Zimmerman

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November 16, 2010
432 pages, 7 x 10
27 b/w + 76 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300166187
Cloth

Distributed for the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

The neo-avant-garde and postmodern movements have long been understood in terms of their re-working of modernism and a narrative emphasizing rupture and new beginnings. Compelling continuities between the two, especially in postwar Britain, suggest that a new account is needed. This collection of provocative essays discusses the work of architects and their associates, including Alice and Peter Smithson, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, James Stirling, James Gowan, Eduardo Paolozzi, Leon Krier, Allan Greenberg, Reyner Banham, and Charles Jencks, and explores why the debate over postwar modernism was especially vocal in Britain.

Essays by sixteen distinguished scholars examine such topics as Brutalism, pop architecture, 1950s London, the legacy of Mies van der Rohe, housing, civic architecture, Italian neo-realism, and changing alignments in theory and philosophy of the period. While the essays focus on Britain, they also look beyond to Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States, expanding the discussion to include new kinds of internationalization that developed rapidly in the postwar period and set the stage for architectural developments today.

Mark Crinson is professor of art history at the University of Manchester, UK. Claire Zimmerman is assistant professor of art history and architecture at the University of Michigan.

“…A valuable and interesting introduction to the ideas behind this most British of genealogies and should wet the appetite for the coming return to tastelessness.”—Steve Parnell, Architecture Today

“A fantastically informative, intriguing and stimulating read – a few short chapters in and I was already recommending it to students.”—Kester Rattenbury, RIBA Journal

“….[A] stimulating collection of essays…..the authors make us see things we thought we knew well differently, and the credit for it belongs to the editors who have forged something cohesive.”—Chris Miele, Burlington Magazine
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