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Kettles Yard

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Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery and functions as a unique place for art, music, learning and research of the highest quality. The creation and opening of Kettle's Yard in 1957, the home of Jim and Helen Ede, grew out of a deeply held belief that art was too important to be the privilege of the few.

Kettle’s Yard house and gallery are currently closed while we carry out a major building project to create a four-floor Education wing, improved exhibition galleries, a new entrance area and a café. While we are closed there are off site displays, events and concerts happening in Cambridge and further afield, to find out more visit http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/

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£33.00

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Joint Life Membership

£500.00

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Life Membership

£350.00

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Patron Annual Membership

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Kettle's Yard Exhibition Catalogues

Winifred Nicholson, Music of Colour

Winifred Nicholson, Music of Colour

£12.00

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Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) is one of the most important and best loved artists in the Kettle’s Yard collection. Nicholson met Kettle’s Yard’s founder Jim Ede in 1924, and they kept in regular contact over the following decades. Ede credited Winifred Nicholson directly for “[teaching] me much about the fusing of art and daily living” and at Kettle’s Yard he built the largest public collection of her work.

This book published in 2012 brings together some of Nicholson’s most eloquent essays with extracts from previously unpublished letters between the artist and Ede, and the words of their mutual friends, the poet Kathleen Raine and collector Helen Sutherland. This book is richly illustrated and includes reproductions of all works in the collection, a biography and bibliography.

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Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley: Colour, stripes, planes and curves

£14.95

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For fifty years Bridget Riley has been one of the world’s leading abstract painters. For most of that time colour and our perception of its fleeting nature have been at the heart of her work. The 2011 exhibition organised uniquely for Kettle’s Yard looked at paintings and studies from the last thirty years to trace her progress through the agency of stripes, planes, and curves and back to stripes.

The illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition in 2011 contains a conversation between Bridget Riley and Michael Harrison, published jointly with Ridinghouse.

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Immaterial: Brancusi, Gabo, Moholy - Nagy

Immaterial: Brancusi, Gabo, Moholy - Nagy

£6.50

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The dematerialisation of the solid world has been a pre-occupation of Western artists from Impressionism, through Cubism to the present day. This publication explores the aspiration of three modernists of Eastern European origins, Constantin Brancusi, Naum Gabo and László Moholy-Nagy to “dematerialise” the sculptural object.

The catalogue to accompany the 2004 exhibition contains essays from Sebastiano Barassi, Christina Lodder, Martin Hammer and Geraldine Johnson.
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IHF Catalogue

Beauty and Revolution. The Poetry and Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay

£10.00

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The Scottish poet and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) first met and began to correspond with Jim Ede, the founder of Kettle’s Yard, in the autumn of 1964. In the same year, a group of Cambridge students began to exhibit, publish and write about his work. Among the students was Stephen Bann, who went on to become an expert on the artist and subsequently built up an extensive collection of Finlay’s works.

Published to accompany the exhibition at Kettle's Yard in December 2014- March 2015, the publication traces Ian Hamilton Finlay’s artistic development from the poems that made him Britain’s most internationally acclaimed concrete poet, to the images and texts that marked his engagement with the French Revolution.

It's title, Beauty and Revolution, exposes one of the many dualisms within Finlay's practice and includes a new essay for this publication from Professor Stephen Bann, which draws upon the Kettle's Yard archives to explore the dialogues between Finlay and Ede in the 1960s, and sheds new light upon the complex relationship that existed between their aesthetic tastes.

Published in 2014. Paperback, Pages 64, Illustrations: 28 colour, 9 b&w
Dimensions 210x10mm Weight 215g
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New Rhythms

NEW RHYTHMS - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

£14.00

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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) was a pioneer of modern sculpture. Born in France, but working in London from 1911 to 1914, Gaudier’s precocious talent was cut short by his death at the age of twenty-three in the First World War. Published to accompany the New Rhythms exhibition in March- June 2015 and to mark 100 years since Gaudier’s death, NEW RHYTHMS explores how his interests in dance, rhythm and movement (including wrestling) decisively influenced his sculpture. Alongside his contemporaries, Gaudier’s ambition was to make art for a new age.

With over 80 illustrations and an introduction from Dr Jennifer Powell (Kettle’s Yard) and essays by Dr Doïna Lemny (Pompidou Centre, Paris), Dr Sarah Victoria Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) and Dr Evelyn Silber, this publication showcases how Gaudier’s works can inspire NEW RHYTHMS today.

Published in 2015. Paperback, Pages 126, Illustrations: 81 colour, 8 b&w
Dimensions 240x190mm Weight: 445g
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Kettle's Yard Products

Dog - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Dog - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) was one of the leading figures of European avant-garde sculpture. Gaudier played an important role in the development of modern sculpture in Britain, working alongside Ezra Pound, Jacob Epstein, Roger Fry, Wyndham Lewis and others. Like many artists of his generation, his career was tragically cut short by the war. Having volunteered for the French army in the summer of 1914, he was killed in action the following year, at the age of just twenty-three.

Gaudier’s marble “Dog” dates to mid-1914 and was one of his last works. Gaudier compresses the mass of the animal into two main areas of form, the head and the body, in a manner which relates closely to his other works. After the original was damaged in 1961, Jim Ede commissioned twelve bronze casts from the Fiorini & Carney Foundry in London.

“It might be thought simple to make a sculpture like “Dog” by H. Gaudier-Brzeska, but so far as I know no one had done so in the whole world of sculpture, nor is it like any other sculptor’s work. It is essentially sculpture and at the same time is deeply realistic. I have known a child take it to bed instead of his “Teddy Bear’. (Jim Ede 1984 A Way of Life).

“Dog” is made of British Gypsum Plaster and painted brown.

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Dimensions: (L)190 x (H)90 x (W)55 mm

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Duck - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Duck - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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“Duck” (1914) is an example of the small-scale informal carvings that Gaudier made when he was short of materials. Financial circumstances would often leave him without stone to carve. Then he would rely on off-cuts from Aristide Fabrucci (the Italian sculptor who had a studio next to his on the Fulham Road), or on gifts, or on theft from local mason’s yards. The small scale and simple rendition of the Duck’s body suggest that it may have been fashioned from such an off-cut.

Gaudier’s practice of making hand-held sculptures for his friends may have resulted from these restrictions. Duck displays Gaudier’s affection for animals, but like similar pieces by the sculptor its shape and angularity suggest that it might have been conceived almost as a “pocket weapon”. The body of the bird is geometrically simplified, with a triangle emphasising the shape of the tail and an incised circle describing the eye.

Jim Ede acquired the original green marble Duck in 1927. In the mid-1960s he commissioned twelve bronze casts from the Fiorini & Carney Foundry in London. Only one of them remains at Kettle’s Yard; it has been used by Alistair Burgass to make new moulds for the production of these crystacal casts.

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To see more information on Henri Gaudier-Brzeska from the Kettle’s Yard database click here.

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Dimensions: 120mm x 65mm x 40mm

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Ben Nicholson ‘Snowscape’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Ben Nicholson ‘Snowscape’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Ben Nicholson ‘Snowscape’, 1925

In the early 1920s Ben Nicholson and his wife Winifred spent the best part of three winters painting in the Swiss Alps. The practice of working in snowy landscapes especially sharpened Nicholson’s ability to modulate whites and light. By 1925, when he painted Snowscape, he had clearly developed a talent to evoke snowy weather, here through the subtle use of pallid greys, blues and browns. This work was almost certainly painted at the Nicholsons’ Cumbrian farmhouse, Banks Head, which Ben and Winifred bought in 1924. In a letter to Jim Ede Nicholson described the impact of snow there: ‘we have three inches of snow outside & have had a series of amazing storms – huge waves of sleet travelling horizontally & going through & up & round & over everything. I want to do a painting with snow snowing slowly … I hope it’ll look like this view from my studio.’

Card dimensions: 21 x 15cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

 

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Bryan Pearce ‘King’s College Chapel’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Bryan Pearce ‘King’s College Chapel’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Bryan Pearce ‘King’s College Chapel’, 1966

“If anyone is in need of peace, trust and joy, they will find it in the work of Bryan Pearce. He gives with his whole being, totally free of sophistication and totally altruistic; he paints as he breathes. These stones, this road, church, a thousand visual things, are the deep unconscious quality of his interior life and his immediate contact with his close friend God.” Jim Ede, 1976

Card dimensions: 210 x 108mm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Christopher Wood ‘Paris Snow Scene’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Christopher Wood ‘Paris Snow Scene’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Christopher Wood ‘Paris Snow Scene’, 1926

Card dimensions: 15 x 15 cm
Message inside: Blank
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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Flora in Calix Light’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Flora in Calix Light’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring David Jones ‘Flora in Calix Light’ (detail), 1950

Card dimensions: 13 x 13cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Nativity with Beasts & Shepherds’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Nativity with Beasts & Shepherds’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring David Jones ‘Nativity with Beasts & Shepherds’, 1927

Card dimensions: 12 x 17cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Embroidered Trouser Leg, Kurdistan

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Embroidered Trouser Leg, Kurdistan

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Embroidered Trouser Leg, Kurdistan

The trousers were a present to Jim Ede just as he was about to leave Kettle’s Yard in 1973. They were given by Jan Ellison, who ran the Cross Keys Pottery with his wife Zoe in Cambridge. Ellison had worked as an intelligence agent in the Middle East during World War II, and retrained in ceramic studies at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London.

Card dimensions: 147 x 209 mm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Stag’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Stag’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Stag’, 1913

Henri Gaudier was born in St. Jean de Braye, near Orleans, in France. He first came to Britain in 1908. He met Sophie Brzeska while working as a student in the evenings at Ste. Genevieve Library in Paris in 1910. In the same year he left France under a cloud of social hostility and settled in England adding the name Brzeska to his own soon after. He worked in isolation until he met Middleton Murray in 1912, whereafter he built up a circle of artists and intellectuals which included Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis and T. E. Hulme. He became involved in Pound's and Lewis' Vorticist group, contributing to the two issues of their magazine Blast. Gaudier was killed in action during the First World War in Belgium.

This drawing was almost certainly made during a trip to Arundel, West Sussex, in September 1913. Gaudier had met Ezra Pound in London two months earlier. The efficiency and speed with which the stag is outlined suggest that at this time Gaudier was already responding to Pound’s interest in Oriental calligraphy. The use of essential and quickly drawn lines and Chinese inks remained cornerstones of Gaudier’s art for the remainder of his career.

Card dimensions: 150 x 108 mm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Winifred Nicholson ‘Cyclamen and Primula’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Winifred Nicholson ‘Cyclamen and Primula’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Winifred Nicholson ‘Cyclamen and Primula’, 1923

Cyclamen and Primula was painted by Winifred Nicholson in Switzerland and is one of the most important in a group of works made in the early 1920s. The series explores the theme of flowers wrapped in paper on a window-ledge and seen against the Alpine landscape. Nicholson wrote about it: “Ben [Nicholson] had given me a pot of lilies of the valley – mughetti – in a tissue paper wrapper – this I stood on the window sill – behind was the azure blue, Mountain, Lake, Sky, all there – and the tissue paper wrapper held the secret of the universe. That picture painted itself, and after that the same theme painted itself on that window sill, in cyclamen, primula or cineraria – sunlight on leaves, and sunlight shining transparent through lens and through the mystery of tissue paper … I have often wished for another painting spell like that, but never had one.”

Card dimensions: 15 x 15 cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Toy - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Toy - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Toy – otherwise known as Torpedo Fish or Ornament – was commissioned from Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in 1914 by the writer T.E. Hulme, who paid £2 for it. It was one of a number of hand-held pieces made by Gaudier for friends and members of the Vorticist group. These small sculptures were designed to be held, handled, played with and worn. Fellow sculptor Jacob Epstein recalled that Gaudier thought them “great fun to do” and that Hulme would carry Toy “about him in his pocket, and would handle it while talking.”

Normally described as carved in brass, it is more likely that it was carved in plaster or some other material and then cast, and finished by hand; indeed Gaudier’s ‘List of Works’ includes mention of a plaster model of the same dimensions. The original is in the Art Gallery of Ontario. The sculptor Michael Gillespie made a posthumous edition of nine bronze casts and it is from one of these that he has made new moulds and supervised the production of these crystacal casts.

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Dimensions: 160 x 40 x 30 mm

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Kettle's Yard Publications

A Way of Life

A Way of Life

£49.95

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Originally published in 1984. This edition re-printed in 2013, contains the introduction by former director of the Tate Sir Alan Bowness first included in the 1996 edition. “A profoundly original concept-unlike any public museum anywhere-it remains a touchstone”. Sir Alan Bowness

A Way of Life has been put together as lovingly as Kettle’s Yard itself. It takes the form of a guided tour; you enter the door and go round the house, taking in the rooms one by one, seeing the light play on glass, china, wood, stone and canvas, and seeing how the art and the living-space bring each other alive. A series of very remarkable photographs catches the spirit that Jim Ede was trying to evoke, and the text comments on them.
The visit is interwoven with Jim Ede’s account of earlier attempts to create the same wholeness in earlier houses in London and France. He has also placed in the spaces and intervals of the book his choice of poetic texts; an anthology which indicates the spirit in which he has worked.

Three influences animate this unique book: the sense of the way of life that Jim Ede created at Kettle’s Yard, the spirit of the house itself, and the gentle but persistently creative spirit of the man who put it all together and then put together this book as the record of his creation in his own words.

Published in 2013. Hardback, Pages 256, Illustrations: 232 b&w
Dimensions 295 x 350mm Weight 2.34kg
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Alfred Wallis

Alfred Wallis Ships and Boats

£12.00

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Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) is one of the most original and inspiring British artists of the 20th Century. Promoted by the artist Ben Nicholson amongst others, Wallis’s paintings influenced the development of British art between the wars. The directness of Wallis’ vision reflected a lifetime of living by and from the sea. His paintings are of what he knew, remembered and imagined. Yet they are also timeless stories about survival and the nature of our relationship with the world. As Jim Ede commented “Wallis is never local.”

With over 70 illustrations, excerpts from letters and texts by Michael Bird, Ben Nicholson and Jim Ede, this book takes a fresh look at this extraordinary artist and his relationship to Kettle's Yard. It includes some of Wallis's best works from the Kettle’s Yard collection including many that are not normally on display, from ambitious paintings such as Saltash to what Wallis knew and loved best: ships and boats.

Published in 2013. Paperback, Pages 104, Illustrations: 70 colour, 4 b&w
Dimensions: 210x170mm Weight: 345g
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Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood

£12.00

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Christopher Wood (‘Kit’ as he was more commonly known) was born in Liverpool. At 14 he was diagnosed with septicaemia and confined to his bed for three years, during this time he took up drawing. Wood moved to London and worked as an importer of dried fruit, his route to and from work took him through a West End that was still steeped in the bohemian atmosphere of the pre-war years. He was inspired by the comings and goings of this exuberant life and would sit sketching for hours. During this time Wood met Alphonse Kahn, one of the best-connected men in the Paris art world, Kahn invited him to Paris and Wood readily accepted leaving London in 1921.

Through extended visits to Paris between 1921 and 1924 he came into contact with the European avant-garde and established himself as a prominent and popular artist winning the admiration and affection of Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Wood was one of the very few British artists to recognise and respond to the new landscape of modernism and have a solo exhibition in Paris at that time. During his Parisian years Wood became addicted to opium and in 1930 was tragically killed by a train at Salisbury station whilst under the influence of the drug.

This publication coincides with the exhibition Christopher Wood (July-September 2013) focusing on the collection that Jim Ede built, it tells the story of Wood's life through the works at Kettle's Yard. Richly illustrated with over 40 colour illustrations and reproductions of all works in the collection, writings by Jim Ede on Wood, an essay by curator Elizabeth Fisher, the artist John Piper and the poet Max Jacob, alongside previously unpublished extracts from letters between Wood and Jim Ede, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, and his mother Clare Wood. This is a comprehensive account from the largest public collection of works by Christopher Wood.

Published in 2013. Paperback, Pages 97, Illustrations: 47 colour, 4 b&w
Dimensions 210x170mm Weight 315g

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Kettle's Yard and its artists

Kettle's Yard and its artists

£5.95

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Through the writings of its artists and Jim Ede himself this publication affords a glimpse of the thoughts and friendships which combined to make Kettle's Yard. It is intended as a companion to the House Guide and Jim Ede's A Way of Life.

Kettle's Yard and its Artists was first published in 1995. This updated colour-illustrated edition includes additional material drawn from the archive, including extracts from “A Room to Live in” Jim Ede's radio broadcast where he describes the principles underlying his arrangement of living space, his ideas about the role of a work of art and his job specification for his successors.

Published in 2011. Paperback, Pages 84, Illustrations: 40 colour, 6 b&w
Dimensions 210 x 200mm Weight 330g
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House Guide

Kettle's Yard house guide

£5.00

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Kettle's Yard is widely recognised as a highly influential master class in curating; a flawless arrangement of art and objects that is still radical in its philosophy of seeking to fuse art with life. For many it is a place that has that rare power of changing how we see the world and our place within it. With a foreword by Jim Ede and an interesting floor plan guide, this book is a notable keepsake for all who love Kettle's Yard.

Published in 2012. Paperback, Pages 48, Illustrations: 9 colour, 40 b&w
Dimensions 210x200mm Weight 205g
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Modern Times

Modern Times: Responding to Chaos

£12.95

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Lutz Becker is a film-maker, painter and curator of exhibitions. Born in East Berlin, he came to London to study at the Slade and stayed on. For this exhibition (2010) he combined drawing, the oldest and most fundamental medium, with film, one of the most modern. Both, in their own ways, embody time and a sense of transient.

The subtitle “responding to chaos” reflects the predicament of artists addressing a period marked by totalitarian regimes, world wars, the threat of nuclear or climatic extinction, and accelerating technological and social change.

This illustrated catalogue contains essays by Lutz Becker, Ian Boyd Whyte, David Elliott and Nicholas Wadley.

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Savage Messiah

Savage Messiah

£12.50

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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) was one of the leading figures of European avant-garde sculpture. Gaudier played an important role in the development of modern sculpture in Britain, working alongside Ezra Pound, Jacob Epstein, Roger Fry, Wyndham Lewis and others. Like many artists of his generation, his career was tragically cut short by the war. Having volunteered for the French army in the summer of 1914, he was killed in action the following year, at the age of just twenty-three.

In 1930 Jim Ede, who three years earlier had acquired almost all of Gaudier’s work, published a biography of the sculptor. Entitled a life of Gaudier-Brzeska, the book was re-issued a year later with the title Savage Messiah. Ede’s book played an important role in re-establishing Gaudier’s reputation at a time when he was at risk of fading into obscurity.

This new edition, which includes previously unpublished material and new essays that re-contextualise the book art historically, marks the centenary of Gaudier's arrival in Britain from France. It draws from the 1929 manuscript version of Ede's book, now in the archive at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, reproducing many of the drawings and photographs first used by Ede.

Published in 2011. Hardback, Pages 320, Illustrations: 24 colour, 64 b&w
Dimensions 247x172mm Weight 1.09kg

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Vicken Parsons

Vicken Parsons at Kettle's Yard (Publication)

£10.00

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From May to August 2014 fourteen paintings and one sculpture by Vicken Parsons were displayed in the Kettle’s Yard house. This new publication about the display includes photographs by Belinda Parsons, texts by Jim Ede and Andrew Nairne and poems by Kathleen Raine and Emily Dickinson.

ISBN 978-1-904561-52-1
Size: 20 x 12.5 cm
Spine: 8 mm
55 pages
Images Colour: 28
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Light Spells

Light Spells - a photographic exploration of Kettle's Yard

£10.00

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This publication documents the exhibition Light Spells - a photographic exploration of Kettle's Yard held in 2001. For over a year, from the shortest day of 2000, Kathryn Faulkner and Graham Murrell took photographs in the Kettle's Yard house. the resulting images, captured using pinhole and conventional cameras and direct exposure of printing-out paper, offer an unfamiliar 'viewpoint' of the objects of the house, reflecting fleeting moments and continuing human occupation.

Photographs by Kathryn Faulkner and Graham Murrell, with an afterword by Ian Jeffrey.

ISBN 0907074979
Size: 225 x 225 mm
Spine: 12 mm
72 pages
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