London’s New Scene:
Art and Culture in the 1960s

Lisa Tickner

Publicaton Date
June 2020
Standard Number
Yale University Press
416 pages, 256 x 192mm
80 colour + 120 b/w illus.

In the 1960s, London became a vibrant hub of artistic production. Postwar reconstruction, jet air travel, television arts programs, new colour supplements, a generation of young artists, dealers, and curators, the influx of international film companies, the projection of 'creative Britain' as a national brand – all nurtured and promoted the emergence of London as 'a new capital of art.' Extensively illustrated and researched, this book offers an unprecedented, rich account of the social field that constituted the lively London scene of the 1960s. In clear, fluent prose, Tickner presents an innovative sequence of critical case studies, each of which explores a particular institution or event in the cultural life of London between 1962 and 1968. The result is a kaleidoscopic view of an exuberant decade in the history of British art.

About the author

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    Lisa Tickner is Honorary Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she was Visiting Professor from 2007-2014, and Emeritus Professor of Art History at Middlesex University.