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British Art
A walk round the rusty pier

'I didn't see it' - Arsene Wenger

Julian Freeman's 16 essays on British art turn the subject on its head, its side and - without pretending to formally reassess it - give it a good shaking. Skating across the better part of 500 years, occasionally going the full distance, but usually remaining within the bounds of folk-memory, the book's partial choices of subject are unapologetic, and the ideas move in directions, and to places, where they don't usually go, or aren't often found. Moving at full-pelt or more sedately, the text always stays within reach of the popular reader… and of students also, who too often know far too little, and need to know much more.

  • Pub Date:
  • Extent:
  • 368pp
    full colour throughout
  • Format:
  • 246 X 189mm
  • Binding:
  • Flexicover
  • Price:
  • £25.00
  • ISBN:
  • 1-904915-05-1
  • 13 digit ISBN:
  • 978-1-904915-05-8
  • Territory:
  • World English

    Like his sell-out first book Art : a crash course (1998), and the co-written Design (from the same series), British Art is deliberately provocative and affectionate in turn. Freeman's text moves from discursive commentaries on the art of the home countries of the British Isles (including Ireland) to consider some of the ways that Brits of all colours and persuasions have handled the need to draw, the heave-ho of migration, maritime art, the weather, portraiture, warfare, industry, sculpture, spirituality, printmaking and the testy (and testing) business of exhibiting, in some very different, often demanding, conditions. Undoubtedly partial, and often partisan, British Art simply can't be exhaustive, but when it takes aim, it's unerring.

    "An irresistible torrent of eloquence, knowledge and enthusiasm"
    The British Art Journal

    over 130 images - full colour throughout

    About the Author:
    Julian Freeman is an art historian, author and critic. A regular reviewer for The Art Book magazine, an occasional reviewer for other art glossies, and the author and co-author of Art: A Crash Course and Design: A Crash Course, he writes the way he teaches, with an irreverence for aesthetic mystique cultivated over time, but which doesn't quite obscure the love he has for his subject - British Art.