Lund Humphries Landmarks: Grim Glory – Pictures of Britain Under Fire edited by Ernestine Carter (1941)

Antony Penrose explains the fascinating story behind the book which revealed the realities of London’s Blitz to the American public. By the time the full ferocity of the Blitz began on September 7 1940 Lee Miller, formerly a fashion model turned Surrealist photographer in Paris and collaborator of Man Ray, had been working freelance for Vogue for […]

Book of the Week: Whitechapel at War: Isaac Rosenberg and his Circle

‘Art is not a plaything’, wrote painter-poet Isaac Rosenberg in 1912. He was by all accounts a serious, sensitive young man. When Rosenberg was first introduced in 1911 to the group of East End writers and artists known as the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, aspiring writer Joseph Leftwich described him as ‘depressingly self-absorbed … he did not smile once all that first […]

Celebrating the ICA’s History of Innovation

Tomorrow 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 […]

Book of the Week: The Ceramic Art of James Tower by Timothy Wilcox

  It was a precarious business negotiating around James Tower’s exquisite ceramic vessels at the private view of Erskine, Hall & Coe’s exhibition last night, particularly if you were encumbered by a large handbag. But Tower’s distinctive ceramic pieces, at once delicate and substantial, were beautifully displayed within the gallery’s high, bright-white yet quirkily intimate space, and refreshingly free […]