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Duncan Grant & the Bloomsbury Group

  • December 13, 2018
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richly illustrated biography and social study Duncan Grant came from a privileged upper class family in Scotland where he spent childhood holidays with his cousins the Stracheys (including Lytton Strachey who later became his lover) amidst a family whose eccentric behaviour reads like the events of a PG Wodehouse story. He went to Rugby School […]

Dora Carrington biography

  • December 12, 2018
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painter, designer, bohemian, bisexual Dora Carrington (1893-1932) was an artist and bohemian who loved and was loved by both men and women. She was born Dora de Houghton Carrington in Hereford, the daughter of a Liverpool merchant. As a somewhat wilful youngster, she found her family background quite stifling, adoring her father and loathing her […]

Digital Art History

  • December 12, 2018
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Teaching and learning art using IT This is a collection of academic conference papers which look at the ways in which digital art history and the use of computers is affecting the ways in which art is both taught and studied. The papers cover issues such as the storage, access, and searchability of images; ownership […]

Digital Art

  • December 12, 2018
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illustrated survey of contemporary digital art forms Digital technology has revolutionized the way art is now produced and viewed. Traditional forms such as painting, photography and sculpture have been transformed by digital techniques. Entirely new forms such as software art, digital installations, and virtual reality have emerged, and they are now collected by major museums, […]

Dada: The Revolt of Art

  • December 12, 2018
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Modernism 1915—1925 Dada is one of those movements in modern art which had an amazingly short life but a lasting influence. It flourished for not much more than the decade between 1915 and 1925, yet some of its legacy is still with us. It’s amazing to think that this influential movement sprang up in the […]

Contemporary Art: a short introduction

  • December 12, 2018
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New movements in art 1989—2005 Contemporary art has hardly ever been as notorious as it is today. We need all the help we can get in understanding sharks pickled in formaldehyde, unmade beds, paintings which feature elephant dung, and people having live cosmetic surgery as a form of performance art. Julian Stallabrass clearly knows this […]

Charleston: Past and Present

  • December 12, 2018
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official guide to one of Bloomsbury’s cultural treasures Charleston is the country house in Lewes, Sussex which was established as a family home by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. She was married to Clive Bell at the time and had children by both men, but this was how things were done in the Bloomsbury Group. […]

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 […]