Art Under Attack Histories of British Iconoclasm
Art Under Attack
Histories of British Iconoclasm
  • Imprint: Tate Publishing
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2014
  • Price: $39.95
  • Trim Size: 8 58 x 10 34
  • ISBN: 1-84976-030-6
  • EAN: 9781849760300
  • Page Count: 192
  • Illustrations: 136 color illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: North America

What compels people to carry out attacks on art? And have these motives changed over the last 500 years? Published to accompany an exhibition at Tate Britain, this book explores the his­tory of attacks on art in the UK, from the Reformation of the 16th century to the present day, showing how religious, political, moral, and aesthetic controversy can become arenas for assaults on art. From the state-sanctioned zeal of religious reformers and the symbolic statue-breaking that often accompanies political change to attacks on art by individuals stimulated by moral or aesthetic outrage, this study aims to present the rationale of iconoclasm and how it has become a productive and transformational practice for some contemporary artists. Termed “a fascinating exploration” by the Observer, this book offers an eye-opening look at protest.

About the author

Tabitha Barber is curator of British Art (1550–1750) at Tate. Stacy Boldrick is curator of Research and Interpretation at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.