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The Assault on Culture: Utopian Currents from Lettrisme to Class War

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" A straightforward account of the vanguards that followed Surrealism: Letlrisme, fluxus, Neoism and others even more obscure" Village Voice.

"Home's book is the first that I know of to chart this particular 'tradition' and to treat it seriously. It is a healthy corrective to the overly aestheticised view of 20th century avant-gorde art that now prevails." City Limits.

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Paperback, 115 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by AK Press (first published 1988)
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Dec 27, 2011 Stewart Home rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You can read the whole of this book online. The links to the individual chapters are here:
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Apr 29, 2016 Tony Brewer rated it liked it
A bit of background: I read this in an avant-garde literature group I am in and the founder of the group is a serious scholar of the Situationists. In fact another group member is a professor of transgressive film and a child of the 60s in NY and SF. So between them they were able to fill me in where the book was lacking. I found it heavy on opinion and short on details, and Home moves very quickly from movement to movement, dismissing nearly everyone along the way. So if, like me, you are a ...more
The post-surrealist artistic and cultural tendencies leading to punk traced elegantly by Griel Marcus in his Lipstick Traces are explored here by one of the UK's most well-placed art practitioners and activists. Whereas Marcus bring a potent critical cultural sensitivity to his analysis, Home adds a depth of art practice and anarchist politics that Marcus skirts. A fabulous introduction to some of the submerged cultural an artistic tendencies of the 20th century - even though it is a little too ...more
Dec 01, 2007 Graham rated it it was ok
Home, a critic of the Situationists, is at his strongest when uncovering and exposing some of the myths associated with the movement. This is not that book. Most of this book is simply descriptions of some of the more obscure political/artistic movements of the 20th century some of which really were never all that relevant to begin with. It is interesting as a documentation of little known movements and groups, some of which consisted of no more than one individual. As for Home himself, well, ...more
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May 07, 2012 Jenny Devildoll rated it really liked it
A brief historical overview of 20th century art movements (sorry, I know Home in the afterward makes distinctions about what he does and doesn't regard as a "movement")and the different ideologies and socio-political climates that surrounded them. The stuff your art history teacher dismissed or shied away from. And Home's unabashed subjectivity makes this far more engaging than any purely academic treatise on modern art.
Jul 28, 2010 A rated it did not like it
It seemed too general and anyone who knows anything about the subject would know that Home picked out only a small part about each subject. I felt the same way about Mike Davis' City of Quartz. If you know a little bit about what he's writing about, it feels like he took the information like gossip. It's not necessarily a good overview.
Apr 12, 2008 Tosh rated it it was amazing
I am impressed with this book because my wife who is Japanese - this was her first book she read in English from beginning to the end. Not an easy read with respect to a second-language reader - but nevertheless it's a good introduction to the 'isms' that affected the 20th Century.

Stewart Home is always interesting and always (if I can use the word) fun. i enjoy his books greatly.
Apr 25, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
Assault on Culture describes attempts by artists & art theorists to create art that wouldn't be a product to be bought and sold, separate artist from non-artist and/or art from everyday life, reinforce the tastes of the powers-that-be, etc. Short & kooky.
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Stewart Home (born London 1963) is an English writer, satirist and artist. He is best known for novels such as the non-narrative "69 Things to Do with a Dead Princess" (2002), his re-imagining of the 1960s in "Tainted Love" (2005), and more recent books such as "Mandy, Charlie & Mary-Jane" (2013) that use pulp and avant-garde tropes to parody conventional literature. His unusual approach to ...more
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