John Piper in the 1930s: Abstraction on the Beach (Paperback)
Artist(s): John Piper
Author(s): David Fraser Jenkins and Frances Spalding
Year published: 2003
Publisher: Merrell Publishers in association with Dulwich Picture Gallery
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 192
Illustrations: Fully illustrated in colour and b&w
This book was co-authored with David Fraser Jenkins, originally as a catalogue for the exhibition of the same title held at Dulwich Picture Gallery in the spring of 2003 and afterwards at the Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham. As authors and curators of the exhibition, it was possible to mount a tautly presented argument concerning John Piper’s engagement and disengagement with abstraction during the 1930s, and to study his interest in what he called ‘nautical style’, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic sculpture as well as his desire to revive the Picturesque in modern terms. Both book and exhibition were widely reviewed in the national and art press, including The Times (‘it is an exhibition with attitude, and everything here is of the highest quality’.
This Piper book/catalogue was awarded second prize in the Art Catalogue of the Year award, promoted by the Art Newspaper. Now out of print but in very good condition.