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Author Cheetham, Mark A., author

Title Artwriting, nation, and cosmopolitanism in Britain : the 'Englishness' of English art theory since the eighteenth century / Mark A. Cheetham
Published London : Routledge, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 182 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of color plates) : illustrations (some color), facsimiles
Series British art : global contexts
British art. Global contexts.
Contents Chapter Introduction: Artwriting and National Identity (or, No Theory Please, we're English) -- chapter 1 Englishness, Foreignness and Empire in British Artwriting, c. 1700-1900 19 / Jonathan Richardson, Senior -- chapter 2 Indigenes, Imports and Exports: Englishness in Artwriting from Modernism to the Twenty-first Century
Summary "Arguing in favour of renewed critical attention to the 'nation' as a category in art history, this study examines the intertwining of art theory, national identity and art production in Britain from the early eighteenth century to the present day. The book provides the first sustained account of artwriting in the British context over the full extent of its development and includes new analyses of such central figures as Hogarth, Reynolds, Gilpin, Ruskin, Roger Fry, Herbert Read, Art & Language, Peter Fuller and Rasheed Araeen. Mark A. Cheetham also explores how the 'Englishing' of art theory-which came about despite the longstanding occlusion of the intellectual and theoretical in British culture-did not take place or have effects exclusively in Britain. Theory has always travelled with art and vice versa. Using the frequently resurgent discourse of cosmopolitanism as a frame for his discourse, Cheetham asks whether English traditions of artwriting have been judged inappropriately according to imported criteria of what theory is and does. This book demonstrates that artwriting in the English tradition has not been sufficiently studied, and that 'English Art Theory' is not an oxymoron. Such concerns resonate today beyond academe and the art world in the many heated discussions of resurgent Englishness."--Provided by publisher
Notes Originally published 2012 by Ashgate Publishing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Aesthetics, British.
Art criticism -- Great Britain
Nationalism and art -- Great Britain
Aesthetics, British.
Art criticism.
Nationalism and art.
Great Britain.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315096811