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Moore, Daniel (Daniel Thomas)
Insane acquaintances : visual modernism and public taste in Britain, 1910-1951 / Daniel Moore.
First edition.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2020.
Physical Description:
191 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and color) ; 24 cm.
Reference Library
N6768.5.M63 M66 2020 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-185) and index.
"Insane Acquaintances explores a range of exhibitions, organisations and institutions that mediated and promoted modernism in Britain. In a series of case studies on subjects ranging from the first Postimpressionist exhibition in London in 1910, the teaching of modernist art in schools, the decoration and design of the modernist home, the International Surrealist exhibition in London in 1936 and the Festival of Britain in 1951, Insane Acquaintances charts some of the ways in which modernism not only sought to improve the quality of art but also the quality of art's reception in Britain. It also provides an institutional history of some of the groups and organisations that fostered modernist art in Britain during that period"--Book jacket.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain.
Modernism (Art)
Modernism (Art) -- Great Britain -- 20th century.

  • 1: Revolutionising 'Bird's Custard Isle'
  • 2: PostimpressionismTM
  • 3 :'A revolution of incalculable effect': modernism and the teaching of art in schools
  • 4: 'But is it possible to live in such a motley setting?': the modernist interior in Britain
  • 5: 'A Transformed World': Herbert Read, British surrealism and the institutionalisation of modernism
  • 6: Conclusion: 'Half-Baked if you like': modernist afterlives in Britain, 1945-1951
  • Bibliography
  • Index.