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Sybil and Cyril: Cutting Through Time with Jenny Uglow

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

12:00PM ET

Join us for a conversation with author Jenny Uglow as she sheds new light on the dynamic artistic partnership of Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews.

In 1922, Cyril Power, a 54 year old architect, left his family to work with the 24 year old Sybil Andrews. They would be together for 20 years. Both became famous for their dynamic, modernist linocuts, streamlined, full of movement and colour, summing up the hectic interwar years. Yet at the same time they looked back, to medieval myths and early music, to country ways disappearing from sight.

Cyril & Sybil traces their struggles and triumphs, following them from Suffolk to London, from the New Forest to Vancouver Island. This is a world of Futurists, Surrealists and pioneering abstraction, but also of the buzz of the new, of machines and speed, shops and sport and dance, shining against the threat of depression and looming shadows of war.

Jenny Uglow is a critic and award-winning biographer. She is particularly interested in the relation of word and image, and her books include studies of writers, artists and engravers, including William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick and Walter Crane. Her most recent book, Edward Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense won the Hawthornden Prize for 2018

Introduction by Jennifer Farrell, Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Moderated by Gordon Samuel, Founding Partner of Osborne Samuel

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