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Fifty Years of Great Art Writing



A collection of remarkable essays on modern and contemporary art, commissioned across half a century by Londons Hayward Gallery.

Throughout its 50-year history, Hayward Gallery has commissioned writing from some of the world’s leading writers, artists and thinkers. Fifty Years of Great Art Writing brings together a remarkable collection of texts encompassing a wide range of topics, perspectives and styles of writing, from the intimate and evocative voices of novelists and artists, to groundbreaking insights from scholars, critics and curators. 

Featuring a formidable list of contributors, Fifty Years of Great Art Writing includes texts by Leon Kossoff on Frank Auerbach, Ali Smith on Tracey Emin, Homi K. Bhabha on Anish Kapoor, Dore Ashton on Agnes Martin, Will Self on George Condo, Geoff Dyer on Dayanita Singh, Adrian Forty on Le Corbusier, and Stuart Hall on Jeremy Deller, among others.

This anthology has appeal beyond the gallery walls and is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in writing about art, and in modern and contemporary art more broadly.

550 pages
23 x 17 cm
50 illustrations
978 1 85332 352 2
Designed by Robert Boon at Inventory Studio

Published by Hayward Gallery Publishing

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