Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
High Art Lite: The Rise a... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Books Squared
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Book selection as BIG as Texas.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art Paperback – November 17, 2006

4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$24.95
$3.99 $3.61

The Numberlys Best Books of the Year So Far
$24.95 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art
  • +
  • The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art
Total price: $39.03
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Julian Stallabrass, in his Verrine blast against Britart, combines the early Berger’s fierce critique of consumerist contamination with the later Berger’s sense of art’s high purpose.”—Marina Warner, London Review of Books

“I cannot help but endorse his analysis of the high art lite tendency ... its abject willingness to be f**ked up by the cult of celebrity; f**ked over by the 1990s boom in consumerism; f**ked sideways by its adoption of the styles and modes of popular culture; and f**ked to buggery by its co-option by a new Labourite idiotology.”—Will Self

“A lacerating analysis of the reactionary tendencies of high art lite itself.”—Financial Times

“This is a sharp and sensible book about something that seemed unlikely to attract such treatment—the new, rude, jokey, confrontational British Art of the 1990s.”—Evening Standard

“A full-throated attack on the ‘new British art,’ a movement obsessed with commerce and cults of the personal, that manages to be smarter and more far-reaching than its hyped-hopped-up subject ... Nimbly written and bolstered by a constellation of critical and cultural referents: balanced, engrossing, historically framed examination of this latest avant-garde, so startling yet so oddly familiar.”—Kirkus Review

“He asks the questions that people would like addressed, and gives the thoughtful and provocative answers. What is the real worth of these artefacts?”—Richard Gott, Independent

“Stallabrass has done us all a favour. He’s taken on a dirty job and we are all indebted to him ... his analysis is lucid and penetrating. It’s also quite funny ... something to be read voluntarily with pleasure.”—Art and Language, everything magazine

About the Author

Julian Stallabrass is Reader in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. His other books include Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art, Gargantua: Manufactured Mass Culture, and Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (November 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844670856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844670857
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
0%
4 star
100%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The historical explanation for the rise and fall of the artists called Young British Artists by most of the rest of us relies oh so heavily on a Marxist point of view. Somehow I don't think the Thatcher government was responsible for all the Ills befalling the British economy. The description of the YBAs' response neglects to consider that they may have been simply clever in exploiting the mechanisms of consumer marketing
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I felt this was a brilliant and insightful glimpse into the best and the worst of Brit Art, such that it is. The general public finds modern art to be often impenetrable, reliant more on the exegesis tacked on the wall or plinth to explain the work more than the work ever gives the viewer; in this book we get a glimpse into the messy market forces that drove prices even the most mass-produced rubbish Damien Hirst produced to stratospheric heights even as the forces of academia and critique were disabled. A good book for anyone who enjoys art but feels mystified at the fuss much modern art engenders.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: High Art Lite: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art