Title CREATING THE COUNTRYSIDE: THE RURAL IDYLL 1600-2017
Book Condition Fine
Publisher Paul Holberton Publishing 2017
1911300105 / 9781911300106
Seller ID RWARE0000038215
The rural idyll is a powerful force in the British national imagination. Th is highly original and vibrant study will examine how key moments in art hi story have shaped the concept of the idyll and how contemporary artists con tinue to access and often challenge this concept. From High Art to propagan da, garden centers to air fresheners, contemporary art to computer games - a constellation of powerful images and ideas contribute to our understandin gs of the rural. This publication offers new ways of thinking about the rur al idyll and the countryside more broadly, through the innovative integrati on of a wide range of art and visual cultures. These include classic landsc apes by artists such as Blake, Claude, Constable and Turner, works of moder n British art, and contemporary works by artists who present new perspectiv es on the rural idyll. Crucially, this volume will enter 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, for inst ance Frank Newbould's iconic wartime recruitment posters of 1942-44 and rur al-themed video games. In the contemporary art world the rural is seriously underrepresented as an arena of critical inquiry and artistic production. This publication will make a significant contribution towards redressing th is situation. In addition to the new scholarship on the rural idyll - by ac ademic experts from a wide range of disciplines, encompassing the spheres o f art history, contemporary art, poetry, literature, rural history, agricul ture, and everyday life - it will include interviews with ten key contempor.