Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection

ISBN: 9780300211665
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Jay A. Clarke, Jonathan Black & Megan Kosinski
Format: paperback
Year published: 2015
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 112
Illustrations: 66 colour illustrations


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This group of 40 prints from the exceptional Daniel Cowin Collection captures the tumultuous aesthetic and political climate of the years surrounding World Wars I and II. An essay by Jonathan Black addresses the impact of World War I on two notable British printmakers, Edward Wadsworth and C. R. Clarke delves into the linocut movement of the 1920s and ’30s, investigating how the role of style and politics impacted this movement as well as the previously unexplored position of women printmakers and the interplay between gender, craft, and decoration. Influences of Futurism, Cubism, and the short-lived but vibrant abstraction of the Vorticist movement saturate the powerful color images, which are accompanied by artist biographies. This publication illuminates the struggle of these radical printmakers as they navigated a conservative market and the


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