Isaac Rosenberg: Whitechapel at War (2008)
Publisher: Ben Uri, 2008. Hardback. This catalogue accompanied the first exhibition to focus on poet-painter Isaac Rosenberg for almost 20 years. Coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the end of World War One and with Rosenberg’s death at the front in 1918, it is also the first exhibition exploring his art in the context of Whitechapel painters David Bomberg, Mark Gertler, Jacob Kramer, Bernard Meninsky and Clare Winsten, along with writers John Rodker, Joseph Leftwich and Stephen Winsten. Today, Rosenberg is regarded as one of the finest war poets of his generation, articulating the struggle between modernism and tradition.
The publication includes contributions from Rosenberg’s biographers and literary critics Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson, Jean Liddiard, Dr Vivien Noakes and Dr Joseph Cohen (USA), plus contributions from art historian Dr Dominic Williams (University of Reading) and Ben Uri curators Sarah McDougall and Rachel Dickson.
Ben Uri's Whitechapel at War: Isaac Rosenberg and his Circle has been named Lund Humphries Book of the Week.
Lucy Myers, Managing Director of Lund Humphries has written about why the book is her choice for texts on modern British artists. Her insightful review is available online.