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The Art of To-day: Grosvenor School Linocuts and their Legacy --- A Symposium on the Occasion of “Modern Times: British Prints 1913-1939” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Monday, October 11th, 2021

12:00PM ET

In 1926, the artist, writer, and teacher Claude Flight wrote "The Art of To-day," in which he described what he saw as the role and responsibilities for contemporary artists, particularly in relation to what he termed "the collective spirit of the times." That same year, Flight began teaching the color linocut technique at London's Grosvenor School of Modern Art, a method he believed most accurately reflected the principles for a more modern, democratic art that he promoted in his writings.

In this series of talks, speakers will discuss color linocuts made by artists affiliated with the Grosvenor School (known as the Grosvenor School artists) and their creation, exhibition, reception, and marketing over a series of decades.

"Perceptive print-making: Grosvenor School linocuts and the middlebrow market"

Claude Flight proposed that the linocut could revolutionise print ownership. This talk explores Flight's beliefs, and how effective the work of the Grosvenor School artists actually became in generating an aspirational middlebrow market for the 'art of to-day'.

Hana Leaper is the John Moores Painting Prize Senior Lecturer and Development Manager at Liverpool John Moores University. Hana contributed to the Vanessa Bell exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2017) and the Virginia Woolf exhibition at Tate St Ives (2018). In 2019, she curated a large-scale retrospective 'Sybil Andrews: Art and Life' at the Glenbow, Calgary.

Moderated by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Prints and Illustrated Books at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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