Art beyond the gallery : in early 20th century England /
Richard Cork.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1985.
viii, 332 p. : ill. (some col.), ports.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 1985.
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Bibliography: p. 319-326.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-01:
The recent dissatisfaction with the current art market and the role that gallerys play in the life of postmodernism has given rise to renewed efforts at expanding the social relevance of art. This book is part of that shift in emphasis. Cork has long advocated a moral realignment in our thinking about art. All of the projects discussed in his book are attempts at decorative schemes of art in public places by important artists in England. Cork's book is extremely valuable because most projects were either never completed or we have little record of their final form. Through documents and photographs, Cork recreates the social, artistic, and economic histories of these endeavors. For the specialist, this will be a welcomed study of a far too little known segment of English art history; for the general public this provides less stimulating fare-few US readers will be interested in Epstein's statues in the Strand, or the Cave of the Golden Cave. Students of design who might be an audience for the chapter on the Omega Workshops will have already read Judith Collins's recent study of that art center, The Omega Workshops (CH, Nov '84). This book enhances Cork's reputation, for it is well written, thoroughly researched, and a major contribution to both art history and to the social history of art. A book for specialists and graduate students.-T.F. Mitchell, University of Kansas
Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-09-01:
Early 20th-century English art saw an innovative move away from the limits of traditional exhibition areas toward the concept of art made for a specific space, an extension of art's social boundaries. This selective study of those considered by Cork to be worthy of detailed inquiry covers Epstein's sculptural programs, the influential work of Wyndham Lewis, the Vorticists, and the Omega Workshops of Roger Fry. Competition and cooperation are examined in both artistic and social worlds, as well as the cross-connections in concept and execution. Public reaction, not usually favorable, is evaluated in terms of the times and reevaluated in current perspective. Profusely illustrated and with a good bibliography, this is a worthwhile book on a very specific aspect of art that has renewed relevance in this decade. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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In the early decades of the twentieth century, British art was enlivened by a wide variety of imaginative attempts to take painting and sculpture outside the boundaries of the gallery. Some of the works were commissioned by architects as integral parts of new buildings.

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