Published to accompany the exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this catalogue examines the impact of Futurism and Cubism on British modernist printmaking from the beginning of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Imagery ranges from powerful artistic impressions of the first fully mechanized war, to radical geometric abstractions, to the colourful, streamlined jazz age images of speed, sport and diversion which the Grosvenor School artists created in order to introduce a broader public to modern art and design. Interest in this era is peaking among collectors, curators and art historians and this is an ideal moment to introduce these innovative British printmakers to a wider public.
Table of Contents
Director's Foreword; Preface by Stephen Coppel, British Museum Introduction by Clifford Ackley; 1. World War I; 2. Vorticism and Abstraction; 3. Urban Life/Urban Dynamism; 4. Speed and Movement; 5. Sports; 6. Industry and Labour; 7. Entertainment, Music, Leisure; 8. Natural Forces; Appendix: Illustrated essay on technical aspects of linocut technique, by Stephanie Lussier and Rachel Mustalish.
Clifford Ackley is Senior Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.