Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation
'Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation does full justice to the remarkable life of a man whose whole existence was centred on art – as a collector, museum director, curator, writer, patron, social figure, and finally, gloriously, as an educator in the famous television series Civilisation.' - The Telegraph
Accompanying an exhibition at Tate Britain, this book explores the impact of art historian, public servant and broadcaster Kenneth Clark (1903–1983), widely seen as one of the most influential figures in British art of the twentieth century. As director of the National Gallery he oversaw the relocation of the collection during the Second World War. He chaired the pioneering War Artists Advisory Committee, and persauded the government not to conscript artists - Henry Moore was one such artist who greatly benefited from Clark's support. After the war he resigned his directorship to concentrate on writing, in 1954 was co-founder of the broadcasting company that was to become ITV, and chaired the Arts Council from 1955 to 1960.
This book considers all aspects of his life and work, including his television career that climaxed in the landmark series Civilisation. Particular emphasis is placed on Clark's support of, and influence upon, the art of his time. Chapters consider Clark’s early life, selected works from his collection, his work as a patron and a collector and Saltwood, the restored castle Clark bought in 1953.
- Author: Chris Stephens, Senior Curator of Modern British Art and Head of Displays at Tate Britain
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Date published: May 2014
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1849762601
- Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 21.7 x 2.5 cm