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A blog dedicated to Modern British Art from Lund Humphries, the leading publisher of books on the subject.
In the early 1960s, Alan Bowness became an informal editorial adviser to Lund Humphries and a regular author, contributing to the development of a growing programme of monographs and catalogues on contemporary artists in the period following the death in 1959 of Lund Humphries chairman Peter Gregory. It was a role in which Alan was to continue for nearly 40 years.
Lund Humphries Landmarks – Ben Nicholson Volumes 1 & 2, with introductions by Herbert Read (1948 & 1956)
Posted onBenedict Read discusses the two books written by his father Herbert Read on the artist Ben Nicholson in 1948 and 1956 and the wider impact of Lund Humphries’ monographs in this period. The Lund Humphries monographs started with Henry Moore in 1944. This set a format of listing works, plentiful illustrations, an artist’s own writings […]
Lund Humphries Landmarks – Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Drawings, with an Introduction by Herbert Read (1952)
Posted onFrances Guy considers the contributions of Barbara Hepworth and Herbert Read to a book which helped to establish Hepworth’s reputation as a key British artist. This was the first major monograph to be published on Barbara Hepworth, at the start of a decade which saw her career develop on the international stage and her sculpture […]
Lund Humphries Landmarks – Paul Nash: paintings, drawings and illustrations, edited by Margot Eates, with essays by Herbert Read, John Rothenstein, E.H. Ramsden and Philip James (1948)
Posted onAndrew Causey describes Paul Nash’s extensive involvement in preparing the book on his work which was in the end published posthumously by Lund Humphries in 1948. Paul Nash had been preparing for at least two years before his death in 1946 material for the book which Lund Humphries would publish in due course. He collected black-and-white prints […]
Lund Humphries Landmarks – Henry Moore Sculpture and Drawings, with an Introduction by Herbert Read (1944)
Posted onFormer Head of Collections and Exhibitions at The Henry Moore Foundation, David Mitchinson, describes the importance of the comprehensive book on Henry Moore’s work which was published by Lund Humphries in 1944. The triumvirate of sculptor Henry Moore, art historian Herbert Read and printer/publisher Peter Gregory was one based on friendship, Yorkshire, and mutual respect. Read had […]
Posted onTomorrow sees the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) publish a new book documenting its fascinating early history. Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1946-1968, written by art historian Anne Massey and with a foreword by ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir, is the first in-depth examination of the extraordinary period of artistic activity which followed the Institute’s foundation. The early ICA […]
Posted onThe Year of Modern British Sculpture continues this month with an interesting confluence of sculptor-anniversaries. Ten years ago, in April 2003, British sculptor Lynn Chadwick died at his home in Gloucestershire, having enjoyed a long and successful career. ‘A great late 20th century sculptor … the successor to Henry Moore’, wrote Terence Mullaly in the Guardian‘s obituary. In […]
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