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The Avant-Garde in Interwar England: Medieval Modernism and the London Underground
The Avant-Garde in Interwar England addresses modernism's ties to tradition, commerce, nationalism, and spirituality through an analysis of the assimilation of visual modernism in England between 1910 and 1939. During this period, a debate raged across the nation concerning the purpose of art in society. On one side were the aesthetic formalists, led by members of London's ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 24th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published December 1st 1998)
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I love books - particularly histories - that offer an argument to consider and probe and poke assumptions. Saler has written a fascinating book about English modernism. Yet he does not restate the history of the Bloomsbury. Instead, he explores the transformations of the London Underground in the interwar period. He shows how the iconography and imaginings of Ruskin and Morris influenced and framed the architecture and advertising of the Underground. Most significantly, a considered theorization ...more