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The St Ives Artists Michael Bird

The St Ives Artists By Michael Bird

The St Ives Artists by Michael Bird


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St Ives is unique - no other small seaside town has been host to such a roll-call of major artists. Michael Bird's ground breaking study lifts 'St Ives' out of its niche and explores the many - often unexpected - connections between St Ives artists and wider currents in 20th-century British culture and society.

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The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time by Michael Bird

St Ives is unique in the story of modern art in Britain - and perhaps anywhere in the world. No other small seaside town has been host to such a roll-call of major artists. First published by Lund Humphries in 2008, The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time combines in-depth research with 'startling anecdotal richness'. This beautifully produced new edition is fully revised and newly illustrated in colour throughout. Michael Bird's ground breaking study lifts 'St Ives' out of its niche and explores the many - often unexpected connections between St Ives artists and wider currents in 20th-century British culture and society. At the same time it sets the careers of international artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron and Peter Lanyon in the context of a local environment that held strong meanings for their work. The narrative highlights the interplay between modern art's large-scale ambitions and its rootedness in particular places and experiences. It ranges from the tense, idealistic years between the two world wars through the birth of the Welfare State and the Cold War, to the space race of the 1960s - all of which found echoes in artists' work. The artists themselves emerge as vivid personalities, as often embroiled in conflict as in any shared agenda. Do Alfred Wallis, Naum Gabo, Bernard Leach and Roger Hilton really have anything in common? The answers Michael Bird uncovers add up to a fascinating and highly readable account of the St Ives phenomenon.

About Michael Bird

Michael Bird is an author, art historian and broadcaster who has written widely on 20th-century British art. His previous books for Lund Humphries are Sandra Blow (2005), Bryan Wynter (2010)'and Lynn Chadwick (2014). He is a visiting lecturer at Falmouth University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface to Second Edition; Introduction: Outside the Glass; Arrival, 1946; Artists and Gentlemen: A Short Colonial History; Connecting Circles: A Detour via Hampstead; Leaders must Migrate: St Ives 1938-45; Landscape with Wild Men: The Postwar Influx; Partisans: Community Politics in the Early 1950s; Getting Social-Personal: Class and Contacts; Keep it Real: Trouble with Abstraction; Western Horizons: Views Across the Atlantic, 1956-60; Home Ground: Women Artists in St Ives; Spaced Out: Into the 1960s; Terrible Times Together: The Poetry of Departures, 1965-75; Notes; Further Reading; List of illustrations; Index of People and Places.

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GOR012244354
9781848221857
1848221851
The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time by Michael Bird
Used - Like New
Hardback
Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd
20160622
280
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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