Building Site Ontologies: post-war London in the paintings of Auerbach and Kossoff

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Johnson-Schlee, S. (2020). Building Site Ontologies: post-war London in the paintings of Auerbach and Kossoff. The London Journal. 46 (1).
AuthorsJohnson-Schlee, S.
Abstract

This paper develops an account of post-war London from the building site paintings of Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. It approaches these paintings as a visceral and embodied source of data regarding the post World War Two landscape of bomb damaged London. It contrasts this form of knowledge with the narratives of memorialisation, and order and control, which I argue characterise post-war reconstruction. In this context the paintings are read as an ontological statement about the complexity and ambiguity of the urban landscape, one which contrasts with historical and contemporary narratives of the urban built environment. The paper posits that knowledgeswhich preserve the complexities and materialities of urban space have the potential to provide political interventions into both historical and contemporary narratives of the city.

KeywordsBuilding Site; Frank Auerbach; Leon Kossoff; reconstruction; Painting; Urban Studies; Post-War
Year2020
JournalThe London Journal
Journal citation46 (1)
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1749-6322
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Accepted30 Sep 2020
Deposited30 Sep 2020
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The London Journal on available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/yldn20

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