Carrington: A Life of Dora Carrington

  • December 12, 2018
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Art, love, and Bohemian life in Bloomsbury Dora Carrington was a painter, an early feminist, and a figure who flits in and out of the lives of several members of the Bloomsbury Group, of which she was a significant member. This is the (so far) definitive biography of her troubled existence, which covers her day-to-day […]

Bloomsbury Art and Design

  • December 12, 2018
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painting, illustration, ceramics, interior design The Bloomsbury Group included a number of painters and designers who had an important influence on the visual and decorative arts during the period of English modernism (1905—1930). The group included artists Vanessa Bell and her husband Clive Bell; the artist and critic (and Vanessa Bell’s lover) Roger Fry; the […]

Art Theory: a short introduction

  • December 12, 2018
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brief critical guide to study of art and art theories This introductory to art theory guide comes from a new series by Oxford University Press. They are written by specialists, aimed at the common reader, and offer an introduction to the main cultural and philosophical ideas which have shaped the western world. Cynthia Freeland takes […]

Art of the Digital Age

  • December 12, 2018
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pictures, sculpture, installations, and web-art Art of the Digital Age is a beautifully illustrated survey of the latest developments in art which has been generated digitally. Well, for ‘latest’ read ‘in the last ten or fifteen years’, because people were attempting to use IT for art even before the arrival of the Web. Bruce Wands […]

Alexander Rodchenko Design

  • December 12, 2018
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design, modernism, and constructivism Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956) was one of the most influential artists to emerge from the explosion of Russian modernism which took place between 1915 and 1923. Initially working as a painter, he stripped bare the canvas and worked with ruler and compasses to devise minimalist pictures which he described as ‘subjectless’. But […]

A Crisis of Brilliance

  • December 12, 2018
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biographical studies of five early English modernist painters A Crisis of Brilliance is a study of five talented British painters in the early modernist period who were contemporaries at the Slade School of Art – Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Stanley Spencer, Richard Nevinson, and Paul Nash – a generation which their Professor of Drawing Henry […]