The Sources of Surrealism
Art in Context
Part of the Art in Context series, this comprehensive sourcebook collects 234 texts (with supporting apparatus) from across the whole range of Surrealist writing and art criticism, from precursors such as Rimbaud and Jarry, through the key writings of Dadaists and Surrealists including Francis Picabia, André Breton, Antonin Artaud and Louis Aragon, to the post-war years 1945–67, with extracts from de Chirico and Duchamp.
A Sourcebook of Critical Texts 1921–2000
From László Moholy-Nagy writing on avant-garde photography in the 1920s to Joanna Sassoon’s discussion of the negative effects of digital reproduction of ‘material’ photographs, Sri-Kartini Leet presents over 100 extracts arranged by 18 themes including portraiture, the nude, commercial practice, landscape and the photograph as a cultural document. Leet introduces each chapter and provides notes setting every selection in context and briefly profiling its author.
A Life in Colour
A contemporary of Francis Bacon and Euan Uglow, Scottish painter Craigie Aitchison (1926–2009) employed saturated colours and vivid shapes in his work, which included landscapes, portraits and still-lifes, with deceptive simplicity. This illustrated retrospective, containing detailed analyses of his paintings, explores his life and career and examines the motifs of black men, dogs and crucifixions which recurred in his work time and again, from his student days at the Slade School of Art to his later sojourns in Tuscany.
‘I think of my paintings as a source of imagery, something that generates imagery rather than contains it.’ This beautifully illustrated, in-depth survey of St Ives artist Bryan Wynter’s life and work reveals much of the inspiration for his paintings, including his experimentation with mescaline during the 1950s which, presaging 1960s counterculture, added a fluid, calligraphic dynamism to his evolving abstract style. The book also explores the politics and personalities of the St Ives group, particularly Wynter’s great friend Patrick Heron.
British Aviation Posters
Art, Design and Flight
British aviation posters in the early 20th century embraced contemporary art styles such as Modernism and Art Deco, employing leading graphic artists to create images of an exciting new world of air travel. Drawing on British Airways' poster collection, this volume traces advertising design for aviation, from Edwardian air shows, through Imperial Airways in the 1930s, to BEA and BOAC in the 1950s; with reproductions of over 150 examples by artists including Frank Newbould, John Piper and Ben Nicholson.
Stories of Botanical Exploration
Since the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, scientists have been intrigued by the nutritional, medicinal and decorative potential of plants. Societies have revolved around the trade in spices, fruit and vegetables, and fortunes have been made from it. Illustrated with historical engravings, lithographs and hand-coloured botanical illustrations, this volume celebrates the investigation, appreciation and exploitation of plants through the ages, the lives and adventures of the plant-hunters, and the books that document their discoveries.
Art and the Second World War
Discussing art made in Spain during the Civil War, 1935–9, in the democracies of the UK, USA and the Commonwealth, in occupied France, the USSR, Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, and with chapters devoted to the art of the Holocaust and responses to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this volume presents an illustrated overview of the complex and often disturbing relationship between war and the fine arts – painting, sculpture, print-making and drawing – during the Second World War.
Charting the life and career of Abigail McLellan (1969–2009), Sturgis describes how her childhood obsession with ‘making’ culminated in a place at Glasgow School of Art. Choosing portraiture, she often exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, though her real passion lay in painting flowers and nature. This first monograph of the artist is richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions that reflect her boundless creative energy, even as she was losing her battle with MS.