Item Number: 144463
Title: Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll 1600-2017
Author: Shirley, Rosemary ; Verity Elson (eds)
Record created on 01/25/2017
Description: London: Holberton, 2017. 26cm., pbk., 120pp., 60 color illus.
Summary: The rural idyll is a powerful force in the British national imagination. This highly original and vibrant study will examine how key moments in art history have shaped the concept of the idyll and how artists today continue to access and challenge this concept. It makes a significant contribution towards redressing the under-represention of the rural as an arena of critical inquiry in contemporary art. From High Art to propaganda, garden centres to air fresheners, contemporary art to computer games – a constellation of powerful images and ideas contribute to our understandings of the rural. This publication offers new ways of thinking about the how the idea of the countryside has been created, through the innovative integration of a wide range of art and visual cultures. These include classic landscapes by artists such as Claude, Constable and Turner, works of modern British art, and contemporary works by artists who present new perspectives on the rural idyll. Crucially, this volume enters these familiar and unfamiliar art works into a productive dialogue with an extensive range of visual cultures which populate everyday life now and in the past, such as Frank Newbould’s iconic wartime recruitment posters of 1942–44 and rural themed video games. In the contemporary art world the rural is seriously under-represented as an arena of critical inquiry and artistic production. This publication makes a significant contribution towards redressing this situation. In addition to the new scholarship on the rural idyll – by academic experts from a wide range of disciplines, encompassing the spheres of art history, contemporary art, poetry, literature, rural history, agriculture, and everyday life – it includes interviews with contemporary artists who are working with the rural in innovative ways.
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