Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris & his Legacy 1860-1960
'This is an intensely absorbing exhibition. It makes you think about Morris and his abiding achievements, about social history, art, even Britishness. But it is also wonderfully inspiring, stirring the visitor into a shaky hopefulness, a feeling that we must all do better, work harder, be kinder both to one another and to the landscapes in which we live.' - The Guardian
William Morris (1834–1896) was an artist, craftsman, designer, poet, polymath, and visionary thinker. Morris is well known for his convictions that good design should be available to everyone and that the learning of manual skills makes for a well-rounded human life. In this book, published to accompany an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, Fiona MacCarthy looks at how Morris's vision has reverberated through the decades.
The book is organised into six chapters exploring topics including Morris's views on art, sexual politics and libertarianism; The Garden City Movement; the impact of Morris's ideas on British artists of the 1920s and 30s and the perpetuation of Morris's philosophy in British art and design of the 1940s and beyond.
The text is generously illustrated with about 175 paintings, photographs, and pictures of artefacts from the exhibition. Also included is a summary of Morris' personal and professional history, brief biographical sketches of more than 60 artists, writers, designers, philosophers and other key figures and an extensive bibliography of works by and about Morris and others featured in the book.
- Author: Fiona MacCarthy
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Date published: November 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1855144842
- Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 24.1 x 2.5 cm
'an intensely absorbing exhibition..wonderfully inspiring' - The Guardian
'Essentially, as E P Thompson observed, Morris was "one of those men that history will never overtake", and with this exhibition and catalogue, as well as her earlier fine biography, Fiona MacCarthy has done him proud' - The 20th Century Society
'This is a wonderful exhibition that begins to reinstate forgotten, overlooked linkages and continuities' - The Burlington Magazine