5 thoughts on “The Assault on Culture

  1. 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 rel

  2. 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

  3. 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, he

  4. 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.

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