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Art Exhibition, Wed 23 Oct 2019 - Thu 30 Jan 2020, free entry

Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Arc

Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Arc

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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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Wed 23 Oct 2019 - Thu 30 Jan 2020 10:00 to 17:00

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Free entry

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Treasures of the Brotherton

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Parkinson Building, University of Leeds,
Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds,
LS2 9JT

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