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The Shape of Things: Still Life in Britain (2024)

Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Simon Martin, Lydia Miller, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Miriam O'Connor Perks et al
Format: paperback
Year published: 14 May 2024
Publisher: Pallant House Gallery
Publisher Location: Chichester
Total Pages: 160
Illustrations: 140 colour and black and white illustrations

£30.00

Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at Pallant House Gallery (11 May – 20 October 2024).

The Shape of Things shows how in the early 20th century British artists renewed the traditional genre of still life for the modern age, a spirit of experimentation with the genre that continues today. Showing how the genre sits at the heart of different artistic movements in Modern British art including the Seven & Five Society, Unit One, the British Surrealist Group, St Ives and post-war abstraction, Neo-Romanticism, pop art, conceptual art and post-war figurative art, and YBAs, it presents a history of British art as understood through the lens of the still life.

Other themes which will be touched on include identity, migration, consumerism, existentialism, and climate change, themes that are eminently relevant to contemporary audiences. Featuring texts from contributors including Simon Martin, Lydia Miller, Miriam O’Connor Perks, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Phoebe Cummins, Michael Bird, Emma Sharples and Chloe Nahum.

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