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Lawrence Atkinson, sculpture, and vorticist multimediality

Waddell, Nathan

Authors

Nathan Waddell



Abstract

This article looks closely at the life and career of the avant-garde sculptor and painter Lawrence Atkinson (1873-1931) as a way to reconsider from a new angle at least three persistent clichés about Vorticism (that it was unmusical, that it was stopped by the First World War, and that its members formed a cohesive ‘group’); to establish more firmly an almost entirely unappreciated trajectory within post-war British sculpture, one running from Atkinson’s early interactions with the British Rhythmists to his encounters with Vorticism and beyond; and to re-examine what Matthew Hofer has called the ‘decidedly radical’ early twentieth-century project of non-institutional education focusing on ‘interdisciplinarity through the interaction of the arts’, a project to which Atkinson made a symbolically important contribution. The article suggests that Atkinson deserves a more visible place in histories of avant-garde, inter-disciplinary artistic instruction, and attempts to reclaim Atkinson as a subject worthy of critical scrutiny by showing his importance as a musician and teacher, roles that shaped and benefited from his career as a sculptor in important ways.

Citation

Waddell, N. (2016). Lawrence Atkinson, sculpture, and vorticist multimediality. Modernism/modernity, 1(3), https://doi.org/10.26597/mod.0003

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 30, 2016
Publication Date Sep 30, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 6, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 6, 2015
Journal Modernism/modernity
Print ISSN 1071-6068
Electronic ISSN 1080-6601
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 3
DOI https://doi.org/10.26597/mod.0003
Keywords Lawrence Atkinson, sculpture
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28804
Publisher URL https://modernismmodernity.org/articles/lawrence-atkinson-sculpture-and-vorticist-multimediality
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information ©2016 Johns Hopkins University Press.

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