Uproar! The First 50 Years of The London Group 1913-63
Co-publishers: Ben Uri with Lund Humpries, 2013. Hardback.
An overview and critical assessment of The London Group’s turbulent early history and an equally important period in British art. Formed in 1913 from an amalgamation of the Camden Town Group and the so-called ‘English Cubists’ (later Vorticists), The London Group exploded onto the British art scene as a radical alternative to the Royal Academy and the art establishment. Its controversial early years reflect the upheavals associated with the introduction of British modernism and the experimental work of many of its early members (who included David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Roger Fry, Mark Gertler, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Paul Nash, C R W Nevinson, Walter Sickert and Edward Wadsworth).
Published in the Group’s centenary year, this book draws on fascinating archival material and historical press reports to explain the importance of these highly experimental years, painting a vivid picture of the various disputes between artists and the press/public, the jostling of various artists’ movements or groups, and the internecine warfare that often erupted between them. As well as providing an overview of the Group’s early history and subsequent development, this essential reference book showcases and illustrates 50 works by 50 artists representative of the Group’s first 50 years, drawn from public and private collections throughout the UK (with captions compiled by relevant experts in the field); biographies for each artist illustrated; a full bibliography; a timeline; and a listing of all the artists who exhibited with the Group, with the year of exhibition and number of works illustrated.
Contents: Acknowledgements; Map: Selected London Group Exhibition Venues; Ben Uri Chairman’s Foreword, David Glasser; The London Group President’s Foreword, Susan Haire; Introduction: Origins of the London Group, Wendy Baron; ‘Uproar!’: The Early Years of The London Group 1913-28, Sarah MacDougall; ‘Neither Gospel nor Creed’: The London Group 1928-49, Rachel Dickson; ‘Many Persuasions’: The London Group 1950-64, Sarah MacDougall and Rachel Dickson; Vision and Leadership, Denys J Wilcox; The London Group 1963-2013, David Redfern; Catalogue of Works; Artists’ Biographies; Timeline; Appendix; Notes; Artistic Movements Connected to The London Group; Bibliography; Contributors’ Biographies; Lenders and Credits; Short History and Mission Statement; Patrons and Board; Index.
About the Editors: Rachel Dickson is Head of Curatorial Services at Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art. She has curated both historical and contemporary exhibitions for the museum since 2002 and has contributed to or edited many of the museum’s catalogues and a number of academic publications, including Judy Chicago (Lund Humphries, 2012). Sarah MacDougall is Eva Frankfurther Research and Curatorial Fellow for the Study of Émigré Artists: Head of Collections at Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art. Her previous publications include Mark Gertler (John Murray, 2002). Dr Wendy Baron OBE is former Director of the British Government Art Collection and author of The Camden Town Group (Scolar Press, 1979) and Sickert: Paintings & Drawings (Yale University Press, 2006). Dr Denys Wilcox is an art historian who has written extensively about 19th and 20th Century British Art. His books include The London Group 1913-1939: The Artists and Their Works (Scolar Press, 1994). David Redfern is a current member of The London Group and its most recent historian.
We are very grateful for the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art towards exhibition research and the exhibition publication.