Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read

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Open 13:00 -15:00 on Monday and 10:00 - 17:00 Tuesday-Saturday



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Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds

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Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read

2nd September 2019 - 1st August 2020

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.

View dates & times

Friday 10th July 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday 11th July 2020 - 10:00am

Sunday 12th July 2020 - 10:00am

Monday 13th July 2020 - 10:00am

Tuesday 14th July 2020 - 10:00am

Wednesday 15th July 2020 - 10:00am

Thursday 16th July 2020 - 10:00am

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Tuesday 28th July 2020 - 10:00am

Wednesday 29th July 2020 - 10:00am

Thursday 30th July 2020 - 10:00am

Friday 31st July 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday 01st August 2020 - 10:00am