Brutalism, ugliness and the picturesque object

Macarthur, John (2000). Brutalism, ugliness and the picturesque object. In: Leach, Andrew and Petrovic, Emina, Formulation Fabrication - The Architecture of History: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Formulation Fabrication Papers from the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand,, Wellington, New Zealand, (259-266). 13 - 17 Nov, 2000.

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Author Macarthur, John
Title of paper Brutalism, ugliness and the picturesque object
Conference name Formulation Fabrication Papers from the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand,
Conference location Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 13 - 17 Nov, 2000
Proceedings title Formulation Fabrication - The Architecture of History: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Place of Publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publisher SAHANZ
Publication Year 2000
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 0-473-07284-X
Editor Leach, Andrew
Petrovic, Emina
Start page 259
End page 266
Total pages 8
Collection year 2000
Abstract/Summary The New Brutalism in British architecture in the 1950s and 1960s is often said to rely on a concept of the 'ugly'. This paper discusses the similarity of this aesthetic ploy to the Eighteenth century picturesque, especially Uvedale Price's work on the ugly and disgusting. It is speculated that the elision of this connection, in the 1950s (and since) is to do with the opposition of Brutalism to the revival of the picturesque by Nikolaus Pevsner. The paper proceeds by re-reading Peter Reyner Banham's orgininal 1955 essay 'The New Brutalism' around Banham's use of the terms â'image' and 'the new Art History'. It concludes by broaching a broader question of whether the perturbations of the concept of the aesthetic, which have been discussed might not be a wider phenomenon in the history of Twentieth Century art and architecture.
Subjects 310101 Architecture
E1
780107 Studies in human society
Keyword brutalism
picturesque
Nikolaus Pevsner
Peter Reyner Banham
Q-Index Code E1

 
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