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
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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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