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Modernism and the Museum: Asian, African, and Pacific Art and the London Avant-Garde

Rupert Richard Arrowsmith


This book proposes an entirely new way of looking at the evolution of Modernist art and literature in the West. It shows that existing surveys of Modernism tend to treat the early stages of the movement as a purely European phenomenon, and fail to take account of the powerful and direct influence of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific islands operating via museums and exhibitions, particularly in London. The book presents the poet Ezra Pound and the sculptor Jacob Epstein as two seminal figures whose development of a Modernist aesthetic depended almost entirely on innovations adapted from extra-Euro ... More

Keywords: Ezra Pound, Jacob Epstein, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, African, Modernism, Modernist, museum, transcultural

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593699
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rupert Richard Arrowsmith, author
Research Associate, University College London