Rebel Modernists: Viennese Architecture since Otto Wagner

Set within the fascinating cultural and political world of Vienna from the fin-de-siècle to the present day, Rebel Modernists: Viennese Architecture since Otto Wagner by Liane Lefaivre provides an insightful analysis of the city’s extraordinarily rich architectural tradition. Despite being a small city, since 1900, Vienna has produced many great architects and their work includes some […]

‘Designing the V&A’: some reflections by the author

It may seem strange that the largest object in the Victoria and Albert Museum is not in the care of a curator. The building itself is a masterpiece of Victorian and Edwardian art and design, indeed, it is the most elaborate and complex museum building in Britain. Fortunately, many curators have fallen in love with […]

Frank Lloyd Wright 150th anniversary

Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th anniversary celebrated in two publications from Lund Humphries In May 1939, the celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright visited London and gave four lectures at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Each evening the newly completed Jarvis Lecture Hall was full and the meetings were hailed at the time as the […]

The Public and Private Lives of Keith Vaughan

In light of the recently opened Tate exhibition Queer British Art 1861–1967, author Gerard Hastings discusses the experiences of gay artist Keith Vaughan in a period before the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England.   It is very gratifying to see the work of Keith Vaughan so prominently displayed at Tate Britain’s Queer British Art exhibition. And how marvellous it looks! […]