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      Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read in Leeds


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      September 2, 2019 - August 1, 2020

       

      2 Great George Street
      Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3BR

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      Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read

      Time: 10:00 - 17:00
      Date: Monday 2 September 2019 - Saturday 1 August 2020

      Location: Treasures of the Brotherton - Launch Map
      Interval: Every day
      Cost: Free event
      Type: Exhibitions
      Open to: General public
      Faculty: Society and Politics

      Who was Herbert Read? Discover the life of an anarchist, art critic and poet.

      Delve into the contradictions in the life of Sir Herbert Read, who gained a considerable international reputation as a poet, critic, anarchist, educationalist, historian and philosopher.

      Guest-curated by artist Stephen Sutcliffe and arts organisation Pavilion this exhibition comprises over 165 items from Read’s archive and library. It has been put together with a collagist’s sensibility to reflect the contradictory life of the man himself. The son of a farmer, Read was raised in Yorkshire and studied at the University of Leeds.

      In 1915 he went to fight in the First World War, emerging in 1918 as a decorated hero, committed pacifist and published poet. He went on to be one of the most important cultural figures of the day, co-founding the Institute of Contemporary Arts with Roland Penrose.

      Using Read’s own collection, the exhibition gives a unique glimpse into the private life of this multi-talented man. On display is everything from the mundane, such as a 1964 receipt for a domestic dishwasher, to the extraordinary, like a postcard sent to Read by Pablo Picasso.

      Central to the exhibition is a new projected video work by Glasgow-based and Yorkshire-born collage artist Stephen Sutcliffe.

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