Cutting and Dazzling: the Woodcuts of Edward Wadsworth
In this presentation I will be discussing the Vorticist woodcuts of Edward Wadsworth, with special reference to the series produced during his service as a Royal Navy camouflage officer, 1917–19. The submarine war had led to the development of a distinctive method of "dazzle-painting" ships, in order to optically confuse the enemy. I shall argue that these woodcuts represent one of the most successful integrations of Vorticist principles with the theme of war.
Robert Hewison leads a treble life as an academic, journalist and cultural consultant. He is Professor of Cultural Policy and Leadership Studies at City University London, where he teaches in the Department of Cultural Policy and Management. He is an expert on John Ruskin, and co-curated the exhibition Ruskin, Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain in 2000, and is a former Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford. In 2010 Yale University Press published his Ruskin on Venice: "The Paradise of Cities". He has also published widely on aspects of 20th century British cultural history. As a cultural consultant he is an Associate of the think tank Demos, where he contributes to the development of cultural policy through reports such as The Right to Art and Not A Sideshow: Leadership and Cultural Value. As a journalist he has written on the arts for the Sunday Times since 1981 and has been a regular contributor to arts programmes on radio and television. This year Lund Humphries will publish his study of a contemporary Scottish painter, John Byrne: Art and Life, while Gower Publishing will release Cultural Leadership; how to run a creative organization, co-authored with John Holden.