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The Hidden Mod in Modern Art:
London 1957–1969

Thomas Crow

Publicaton Date
October 2020
Standard Number
Yale University Press
280 pages, 240 x 160mm
140 colour + b/w illus.

Bonding over matters of taste and style, the 'Mods' of late 1950s London recognised in one another shared affinities for Italian-style suits, short, tidy haircuts, and American jazz, among other pursuits. In this groundbreaking book, leading art historian Thomas Crow argues that the figure of the Mod exerted an influence beyond its social scene in ways that question academic mastery over popular life.


Crow examines the works of key figures in the London art scene of the 1960s, including Robyn Denny, David Hockney, Pauline Boty, Bridget Riley and Bruce McLean, who partook in a cognate ethos of sharp concision and alertness to the lived moment. Positing the aesthetics of counterculture as an inescapable component of the advanced British fine art of the later 1960s, this thoughtful book provides an up-to-date reckoning with the legacies of Situationism, Social Art History and Cultural Studies.

About the author

  • Thomas Crow is Rosalie Solow Professor at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.