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Insane AcquaintancesVisual Modernism and Public Taste in Britain, 1910-1951$
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Daniel Moore

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266755

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266755.001.0001

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‘A transformed world’: Herbert Read, British Surrealism and the institutionalisation of modernism

‘A transformed world’: Herbert Read, British Surrealism and the institutionalisation of modernism

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Insane Acquaintances
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Daniel Moore

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266755.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the discourses that surrounded the 1936 International Surrealist exhibition in London and the development of a distinctly British Surrealist movement in the years leading up to the Second World War. Using the debates in the periodical press about the movement – and how it might represent a particularly English or British avant garde – this chapter articulates the connection between the movement’s leaders in Britain and the rise of institutional structures to encourage avant garde work in Britain. In particular, it sees Herbert Read as one of the key mediators of modernism in Britain, and ultimately the key driver for the institutionalisation of modernism in Britain in the years around the Second World War.

Keywords:   Surrealism, modernism, Herbert Read, Institutions of Art, avant garde

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