Enid Marx: The Pleasures of Pattern (Hardcover)

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Enid Marx: The Pleasures of Pattern (Hardcover)


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This is the first monograph on the work of Enid Marx (1902–1998), a leading artist, designer, collector and writer, who played an important role in British cultural life in the second half of the twentieth century. Marx was a leading designer in the first generation to make a distinctive contribution to the growing practice of industrial design in Britain. Her design work, much of it anonymous, including wartime utility fabrics, book illustration and cover patterns, tube train seat fabric and postage stamps, was, in its time, ubiquitous in British public life. As a whole, it remains utterly emblematic of post-war popular visual culture. Drawing on a wealth of research and thoroughly illustrated with high-quality reproductions – many previously unpublished – Alan Powers’ account adds considerably to the existing literature available on Enid Marx and reveals an artist whose work was perfectly poised at the intersection of traditional craft and abstract modernity.
Alan Powers was Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich until 2012. His books include Britain in the series Modern Architectures in History (2007), Curwen: Art and Print (2008), Eric Ravilious: Artist and Designer (Lund Humphries, 2013) and Edward Ardizzone: Artist and Illustrator (Lund Humphries, 2016).
Product Details ISBN: 9781848222526
ISBN-10: 1848222521
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English
"The eyes have it Two artists with designs on dustjackets, seats and tiles." —Frances Spalding, The Times Literary Supplement

Review of the exhibition "Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art, at The House of Illustration" with mention of the book. —RIBA Journal https://www.ribaj.com/culture/print-enid-marx-house-of-illustration-royal-college-art

Interview with Olivia Ahmad, curator of the Enid Marx exhibition at The House of Illustration. —Creative Review https://www.creativereview.co.uk/the-remarkable-prints-and-patterns-of-enid-marx/

Enid Marx exhibition included in their list of the year's best shows. —Digital Arts Online, https://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/creative-business/best-art-design-exhibitions-2018/

Londonist—Feature of the exhibition, https://londonist.com/london/art-and-photography/lovely-london-illustrations-across-two-exhibitions-offer-a-window-into-the-past

"Designers are going crazy for pattern and these vibrant prints will really perk up your home." —mentions the Enid Marx exhibition, citing it in the context of the new design movements, Daily Mail

Shahidha Bari looks at British design pioneers Enid Marx, Edward Bawden and Charles Rennie Mackintosh with curators Alan Powers and James Russell and design historian Eleanor Herring. —Radio interview, BBC Radio 3, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2mgpl

"Twenty years after her death, I hope that through the exhibition I’ve co-curated, and the monograph I’ve written, a new generation will come to understand her extraordinary talent." —Crafts Council magazine

"The book is a feast of patterns and includes reproductions of drawings, paintings, hand-blocked fabrics, linocuts and book illustrations." —Museum Book Store