Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-90

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-90


Edited by Glenn Adamson, Edited by Jane Pavitt

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  • Publisher: V & A Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 256mm x 294mm x 30mm | 1,960g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851776591
  • ISBN 13: 9781851776597
  • Illustrations note: 250 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 203,377

Product description

The radical ideas associated with Postmodernism swept through the arts in the 1970s, but have always been hard to summarise. Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-90 presents the movement as not merely an aesthetic vocabulary, but also as a subversive attitude - a new way of looking at the world. Bringing together practitioners, theorists and critics, this groundbreaking book assesses the impact of the phenomenon on all areas of art and design. It covers architecture, interiors and urban planning; product, graphic and furniture design; the fashion and style industries; and photography, film, television and video - everything from MTV and Grace Jones, to White Noise and Bladerunner, Thierry Mugler and Commes des Garcons.

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Author information

Glenn Adamson is Head of Course at the V&A for the V&A/RCA Course in the History of Design. He is co-editor of the tri-annual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft and The Craft Reader. Jane Pavitt is Head of Course at the Royal College of Art for the V&A/RCA Course in the History of Design. She has curated a number of exhibitions and edited the accompanying books for the V&A including Brand.New (V&A 2000), Brilliant (V&A 2004), and Cold War Modern (V&A 2008).