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Blasting the Future: Vorticism and the Avant-Garde in Britain 1910-20

Blasting the Future: Vorticism and the Avant-Garde in Britain 1910-20

Edited by: Jonathan Black

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The time is ripe for a fundamental reassessment of the impact that Futurism had on British culture and of Vorticism - the specifically British avant-garde movement inspired by the founder of the Italian Futurist movement, Filippo Tommasao Marinetti. This text, which accompanies an exhibition at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, combines novel material and original research to provide a coherent overview of Futurism and Vorticism, before, during and after World War I. The exhibition is the first major showing by the movement since 1974 and the text illustrates works in a wide range of media by England's only Futurist, C.R.W. Nevinson, and by the core of artists associated with Vorticism: Wyndham Lewis; Edward Wadsworth; Frederick Etchells; William Roberts; Henri Gaudier-Brzeska; Jacob Epstein; and Jacob Kramer. The influence exerted on these artists by the Italian Futurists Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini and the mercurial impresario of Futurism, Marinetti, is explored fully. The works illustrated are from a range of prominent public and private collections, a number having never previously been exhibited.

Author Info

Jonathan Black is the author of numerous essays on C.R.W Nevinson, including that published in C.R.W. Nevinson: The Twentieth Century (1999). He has recently been awarded a PhD in History of Art by London University for research into Nevinson; Eric Kennedy and Charles Sargeant. Contributors include Michael Walsh, author of the most wide-ranging and comprehensive study of Nevinson's Art, C.R.W.Nevinson: This Cult of Violence (2002), and Jonathan Wood, Research Co-ordinator at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9780856675720
Publication Date: 26 Mar 2004
Number of Pages: 112
Height: 270
Width: 250
Illustrations: colour illustrations

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