Summer of Love: Psychedelic Art, Social Crisis and Counterculture in 1960s: Psychedelic Art, Social Crisis and Counter-Culture in the 1960s (Tate Liverpool Critical Forum)

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Though more than a generation has passed since the revolutionary fervor of the Summer of Love of 1967, the 1960s in many ways seem with us still. From recurring debates over the war in Vietnam to the perpetually appealing music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stone to the concern about youth drug use, the legacy of the 1960s is ubiquitous in contemporary life. The Summer of Love brings together an impressive group of historians, artists, and cultural critics to present a rich and varied interpretation of this seminal decade and its continuing influence on politics, society, and culture. The Summer of Lovewhich will accompany the eagerly awaited exhibition at Tate Liverpoolpays particular attention to the wildly creative psychedelic art of the era. Perceptive essays on psychedelic comics, graphic design and typography, light shows, and film successfully rescue psychedelic art from the fog of nostalgia and unjust critical neglect. Distinguished contributors also explore the role of 1960s fashion and architecture, and they consider anew the central influence of hallucinogenic drugs on the art of the era. Running throughout the essays are the elements of epochal changefrom sexual liberation to student revolutionsthat still form the backdrop of our collective consciousness of the 1960s. An incisive collection of writings on all aspects of 1960s art and culture, tempered by time and critical distance, The Summer of Love Reader will be indispensable for those who wish they had been thereor for those who were, but can't remember it.

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Christoph Grunenberg is Director of Tate Liverpool and editor of Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-Twentieth-Century Art (MIT Press, 1999). He is a major figure in the art world and has previously held posts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Jonathan Harris is reader in art history at the University of Liverpool and the author of The New Art History: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2001). He has always been active in the professional Association of Art Historians in Britain, organising its national conferences in Leeds in 1992 and in Liverpool in 2002. His published and television work for the Open University arts course Modern Art: Practices and Debates is well-known now through the world, particularly in the US. Jonathan Harris is also the editor of the last two titles in this series, Art, Money, Parties: New Institutions in the Political Economy of Contemporary Art (LUP, 2004) and Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting: Hybridity, Hegemony, Historicism (LUP. 2003)

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