'Young Poland' shortlisted for the CAA's Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award 2022

The CAA has now announced the 2022 finalists for the two Alfred H. Barr Jr. Awards.

Among these shortlisted works is 'YOUNG POLAND: THE POLISH ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT, 1890-1918' edited by Julia Griffin and Andrzej Szczerski.

This is the first book in any language to explore the Young Poland (Młoda Polska) period in the context of the international Arts and Crafts movements. The Young Poland movement emerged in the 1890s in response to the country’s non-existence for almost a century. It embraced an unprecedented flourishing of applied arts and the revival of crafts, drawing inspiration from nature, history, peasant traditions and craftsmanship to convey patriotic values. The book argues that Young Poland shared fundamental parallels with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, and that it was specifically this Arts and Crafts ethos that fuelled the movement’s patriotic ideology and the nation’s quest to regain Polish independence.

The book is the culmination of an international research project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the ‘Inspiring Culture' Programme. It is a collaboration between Lund Humphries, the William Morris Gallery, the National Museum in Kraków and the Polish Cultural Institute, London.

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The winners will be announced in January 2022, and presented during Convocation in conjunction with CAA’s 110th Annual Conference, taking place in Chicago, February 16-19, 2022.


Find out more about the book HERE.