Sport and modernism in art in this week’s podcast brought to you by the British Society of Sport History in association with the Institute of Historical Research with Geoff talking to Dr Bernard Vere of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Geoff talks to Bernard about the relationship between sport and modernist art and architecture in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century in a wide-ranging discussion that takes in Robert Delanunay’s landmark work, The Cardiff Team, the battle of styles between tennis champions Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills, fascist architecture and Darlington’s (much-lamented) Feethams ground.
They also cover British Modernism with a discussion of David Bomberg’s work Jui Jitsu, currently (Jan 2020) on display at the National Gallery in London.
Dr Bernard Vere is the author of Sport and Modernism in the Visual Arts in Europe, 1909–1949 (Manchester University Press, 2018). He is Programme Director of the MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. He has also written the essays ‘Pedal-Powered Avant-Gardes: Cycling Paintings in 1912–1913’ (International Journal of the History of Sport, 2011), ‘BLAST SPORT: Vorticism, Sport and William Roberts’s Boxers’ (Modernism/ Modernity, 2017) and ‘A “Modern Rendezvous” in London: Painters, Pilots, and Edward Wadsworth’s A Short Flight (1914)’ (British Art Studies, 2017). He is currently working on an essay looking at ‘The Young Man’s Home’, a 1935 collaboration between Fernand Léger, Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and René Herbst, to be included in the collection Sport and the European Avant-Garde, 1900–1945 (eds. Przemyslaw Strozek and Andreas Kramer, forthcoming from Brill).
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