Item Number: 109297
Title: Modernism and the Museum : Asian, African, and Pacific Art and the London Avant-Garde
Author: Arrowsmith, Rupert Richard
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Description: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 22cm., hardcover, 228pp., 45 illus. Summary: Modernism and the Museum proposes an entirely new way of looking at the evolution of Modernist art and literature in the West. It shows that existing surveys of Modernism tend to treat the early stages of the movement as a purely European phenomenon, and fail to take account of the powerful and direct influence of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific islands operating via museums and exhibitions, particularly in London. The book presents the poet Ezra Pound and the sculptor Jacob Epstein as two seminal figures whose development of a Modernist aesthetic depended almost entirely on innovations adapted from extra-European visual art, and makes similar revelations about the work of related figures such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Eric Gill, T.E. Hulme, Laurence Binyon, Richard Aldington, Amy Lowell, Charles Holden, William Rothenstein, Ford Madox Ford, James Gould Fletcher, James Havard Thomas, W.B. Yeats, and D.H. Lawrence. The writing is engaging, but the scholarship is rigorous, and a large quantity of previously unpublished evidence is made available from the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Institute of British architects, the Tate Gallery, and several private collections. The book positions the museums of London - and especially the British Museum - as the West's most significant hub of transcultural aesthetic exchange during the early Twentieth century. It essentially proposes that, far from representing a development rooted in provincial European culture, Modernism was in fact the result of an unprecedented willingness in the avant-garde of the West to engage with the rest of the world. Contents: 1. The Dead Hand of Athens: Jacob Epstein, James Havard Thomas, and Provincialism in European Art ; 2. An Indian Temple on the Strand: Charles Holden, Ananda Coomaraswamy, and London's First Modernist Sculptures ; 3. Haunting the Reading Room: Ezra Pound and the British Museum's Egyptian and Assyrian Collections ; 4. Nineveh, Amarna, Kyoto: Gill, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, and the Direct Carving Revolution ; 5. 'Little Japanese Pictures': Ezra Pound, Laurence Binyon, and the British Museum Print Room ; 6. China in Whitechapel; Japan in Shepherd's Bush, Aldington, Ford, Pound, Fletcher, and Lowell ; 7. 'The More Serious Art that One Likes': T.E. Hulme, Jacob Epstein, and the Making of a Global Classicism ; 8. 'The Benin Things are Fine, Fine': The Art of Africa and the Pacific Islands The Art of Africa and the Pacific Islands The Art of Africa and the Pacific Islands in Pre-War London ; 9. 'Kuanon of all Delights': Seven Lakes, Eight Views, and the Korean Goddess of The Cantos. (Oxford English Monographs)
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