new approaches to british art, 1939-1969


Friday 4 June and Saturday 5 June 2010

10.45 – 18.15, Friday 4 June (registration from 10.15)

10.00 – 17.45, Saturday 5 June (registration from 9.30)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

abstract expressionist painting by Roger Hilton 1957
Roger Hilton, January 1957, 1957. London, Tate Britain (Photo: © Tate, London 2009)

Speaker(s): Jan Cox (University of Bristol), John J Curley (Wake Forest University), Nathan Dunne (London Consortium), Rachel Flynn (University of Bristol and National Museum Wales), Amy Haavik-Mackinnon (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania), Martin Hammer (University of Edinburgh), David Hulks (University of East Anglia), Catherine Jolivette (Missouri State University), Jonathan Katz (State University of New York at Buffalo), Megan Luke (University of Chicago), Courtney Martin (University of California, Berkeley), Alex Potts (University of Michigan), Richard Read (University of Western Australia), Catherine Spencer (independent scholar), Frank Spicer (independent scholar), Chris Stephens (Tate), Andrew Stephenson (University of East London), Lisa Tickner (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Sarah Turner (University of York), Anne Wagner (University of California, Berkeley), Leon Wainwright (Manchester Metropolitan University), Beth Williamson (Tate), Jennifer Wulffson Bedford (The Ohio State University), Claire Zimmerman (University of Michigan)

Ticket/entry details: £45 (£25 concessions and Courtauld staff and students), includes coffee, tea, lunch, reception. Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Coordinator, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘New Approaches to British Art’ conference. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785. For further information, send an email to

Organised by: Professors Lisa Tickner and David Peters Corbett

Although British art has benefited from an extraordinary growth in scholarly studies over the last decade the rich history of the years between 1939 and 1969 remains relatively underexplored. Despite the recent buoyancy of the market, the large audiences for modern art internationally, and the significance of monographic exhibitions devoted to a few select names (Nicholson, Caro, Bacon, Freud), there is still a dearth of published work by younger scholars in this period and little thematic and analytic study in comparison to scholarship on British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This conference will stimulate further study of the art of these years and provide a forum in which new work and fresh approaches can be discussed and developed. It has attracted speakers from Europe, Australia and the US and a range of proposals examining transatlantic relations; anthropology and the Independent Group; decolonization and pop; landscape in the nuclear age; art, architecture and photography; artists and critics such as Herbert Read and Adrian Stokes; and the institutional field including exhibitions and the export drive. We look forward to a stimulating two days in June.

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This conference is being jointly organised by The Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of York and has been made possible through the generous support of The Henry Moore Foundation and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, as well as the University of East Anglia .

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