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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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Conclusion: ‘Half-baked if you like’—modernist afterlives in Britain, 1945–1951

Conclusion: ‘Half-baked if you like’—modernist afterlives in Britain, 1945–1951

(p.150) 6 Conclusion: ‘Half-baked if you like’—modernist afterlives in Britain, 1945–1951
Insane Acquaintances

Daniel Moore

British Academy

This chapter concludes Insane Acquaintances, reflecting on some of the legacies of the pre-War modernist activity in Britain. It argues that while, ultimately, the revolution in taste that so many of the mediators of modernism in Britain wished to enact did not take place, the legacies of their activities continued to be felt after the War. Indeed, the kinds of activity that Fry, Read and others agitated for before the War – an engagement with continental non-representational art amongst the public, the fostering of state activity to encourage experimental art, and the development of an institutional apparatus to support and scaffold such art – reached their apotheosis in the first years of the post-War consensus. This chapter explores some of these afterlives of the modernist moment in Britain.

Keywords:   mediator, institutions of art, Festival of Britain, afterlives of modernism

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