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GROWN BUT NOT MADE: BRITISH MODERNIST SCULPTURE AND THE NEW BIOLOGY. Edward Juler. Manchester University Press, 2015. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 264 pp. with 75 ills. (10 col.). 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9780719090325 In English.
Publisher's description: In Britain, during the 1930s, biology and modern sculpture underwent a period of extraordinary transformation and intellectual exchange. Old certainties about the nature of organic matter were swept away by the revolutionary forces of the 'New Biology' at the same time as Modernist sculpture broke free from the shackles of a moribund classical and figurative tradition. In this lucid and thought-provoking book, Edward Juler provides the first detailed critical history of British Modernist sculpture's interaction with modern biology. Discussing the significant influence of biologists and scientific philosophers such as D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Julian Huxley, J.S. Haldane and Alfred North Whitehead on interwar Modernist practice, Juler's study provides radical new interpretations of the work of key British Modernist artists and critics, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash and Herbert Read. Cohered around five thematic chapters each of which addresses a different aspect of Modernist sculpture's rapport with the New Biology -- aesthetic scientism, metamorphosis, organicism, morphology and photomicrography -- Juler's thesis incisively demonstrates the close correspondence between the emergence of British sculptural Modernism and the birth of the New Biology.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1900-1945 — Sculpture
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166183
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