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THE MIRROR STEAMED OVER: ANTHONY BYRT

In his new book The Mirror Steamed Over: Love and Pop in London, 1962, writer and art critic Anthony Byrt dives into an essential moment of incubation for contemporary art: the London scene of the early sixties. Via the intertwined lives of David Hockney, NZ’s own Billy Apple, and the writer Ann Quin at the Royal College of Art, he examines how migration, civil and sexual rights, censorship, and new ideas about the self in the age of mass communication transformed how we view the role of the artist in society – a shift from the “-ism” to the “individual”. Byrt and art historian Linda Tyler discuss the consequences of this shift and speculate on where contemporary art is today.

Fri, 15 May 2020

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