Grown but not made: British Modernist Sculpture and the New Biology

With introduction from author Dr Edward Juler
Book Launch
24th June 2015
Henry Moore Institute Reception, 7.30pm

Cover of 'Grown but not made: British Modernist Sculpture and the New Biology'

Courtesy Manchester University Press

In Britain, during the 1930s, biology and 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 major critical history of British Modernist sculpture's interaction with modern biology. Discussing the 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, this study provides radically new interpretations of the work of key British Modernist artists and critics, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash and Herbert Read.

Edward Juler is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Between 2009 and 2011 he was a Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow and most recently a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Art History at Edinburgh.

Grown but not made: British Modernist Sculpture and the New Biology is published by Manchester University Press and will be available to purchase on the night at a 50% discount of £37.50.

Preceding this event is Julia Kelly's (University of Loughborough) lecture 'Eileen Agar's Found Sculptures' at 6pm, and a Guided Tour of our current exhibitions at 7pm.

The Henry Moore Institute is open until 8pm on Wednesday evenings.

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