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Ways of Life Laura Freeman

Ways of Life By Laura Freeman

Ways of Life by Laura Freeman

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Ways of Life: Jim Ede and the Kettle's Yard Artists by Laura Freeman

'The beautiful, revelatory biography of Jim Ede and Kettle's Yard that we have been waiting for. I loved it' - Edmund de Waal

In this first biography of the Kettle's Yard artists, Laura Freeman reveals the life of a visionary who helped shape twentieth-century British art

The lives of Jim Ede and the Kettle's Yard artists represent a thrilling tipping point in twentieth-century modernism: a new guard, a new way of making and seeing, and a new way of living with art.

The artists Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska were not a set like the Bloomsbury Set or Ravilious and his friends. But Jim Ede recognised in each of the artists he championed something common and kindred, some quality of light and life and line.

Jim Ede is the figure who unites them. His vision continues to influence the way we understand art and modern living. He was a man of extraordinary energies: a collector, dealer, fixer, critic and, above all, friend to artists.

For Ede, works of art were friends and art could be found wherever you looked - in a pebble, feather or seedhead. Art lived and a life without art, beauty, friendship and creativity was a life not worth living.

Art was not for galleries alone and it certainly wasn't only for the rich. At Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, he opened his home and his collection to all comers. He showed generations of visitors that learning to look could be a whole new way of life.

Ways of Life Reviews

The beautiful, revelatory biography of Jim Ede and Kettle's Yard that we have been waiting for. I loved it -- Edmund de Waal
Ways of Life is a portable Kettle's Yard, an entrancing book of immense and curious beauty -- Ruth Scurr
Over the many years that I've been visiting Kettle's Yard, it's as if the place has become a dear friend; now with this beautifully constructed book I am able to meet the man whose presence and artistic acuity can be seen in every room and in every careful juxtaposition of images. Wonderful! -- Julia Blackburn
It is an extraordinary tale and could not have been told better or with more sensitivity. Her book will make anyone want to pay an immediate visit * Literary Review *
An excellent biography of Jim Ede. Reading Laura Freeman's luminous study of the curator and collector, I can't help but picture the gallery and house he built - the haven of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge * The Telegraph *

About Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman is chief art critic of The Times. She has written for the Spectator, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, TLS, Apollo and World of Interiors. Her first book The Reading Cure, a memoir about hunger and happiness, addiction, obsession and recovery, was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2018. She studied history of art at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Ways of Life: Jim Ede and the Kettle's Yard Artists by Laura Freeman
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