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Modernism on Sea

Art and Culture at the British Seaside


Edited By Lara Feigel and Alexandra Harris

Modernism on Sea brings together writing by some of today’s most exciting seaside critics, curators, filmmakers and scholars, and takes the reader on a journey around the coast of Britain to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage that can be found there, from St Ives to Scarborough. The authors consider avant-garde art, architecture, film, literature and music, from the early twentieth century to the present, setting the arrival of modernism against the background of seaside tradition.
From the cheeky postcards marvelled at by George Orwell to austere modernist buildings such as the De La Warr Pavilion; from the Camden Town Group’s sojourn in Brighton to John Piper’s ‘Nautical Style’; from Paul Nash’s surrealist benches on the promenade in Swanage to the influence of bunting and deckchairs on the Festival of Britain – Modernism on Sea is a sweeping tour de force which pays tribute to the role of the seaside in shaping British modernism.
The essays in this book were inspired by the ‘Modernism on Sea’ conference that was held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea in July 2007.


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Index References in italics indicate figures Adshead, A.D. 166 Aldeburgh 11, 211–25 Festival 211–12, 216–17, 219–21 Altieri, Charles 74–5 amusement parks 167–71 Ancon (ship) 152 aquatic therapy 202 Aquitania (ship) 145 Architectural Review 5, 136, 139, 140–1, 143, 162, 204, 208, 235 L’Atlantique (ship) 151–2 Auden, W.H. 7, 179, 215–16, 223, 230 see also Way to the Sea, The Bakhtin, Mikail 203 Barke, James Major Operation 23 bathing machines 163 Baudelaire, Charles 186 Baxter, John see Love on the Dole (film) beach huts 163 beauty contests 166 Benjamin, Walter 19, 186–7 Betjeman, John 37, 242–3 Bexhill-on-Sea 2, 10, 45 see also De La Warr Pavilion Black, Misha 154 Blackpool 6, 7, 16, 19–28, 40, 169, 170, 193, 196 Blackpool Illuminations 22, 23, 40 Blake, Peter 212 Bognor Regis 176 Bourke, John 101 Bowen, Elizabeth 4–5, 6, 179–89, 237–8 The Death of the Heart 180, 184–9 The Heat of the Day 19 The House in Paris 181 The Little Girls 237–8 Bowie, David 42 Boydell, Philip 207 Branksome Chine Solarium, Poole 163–4, 164 Bridge, Frank 215 Brighton 28–31, 58–69, 64, 139–40 Britannia (ship) 135 Britten, Benjamin 11, 211–25, 228–9 Albert Herring 218, 220 Curlew River 221 Gloriana 222–3 Les Illuminations 215 A Midsummer Night’s Dream 221 Noye’s Fludde 221 Peter Grimes 211–25, 215, 228–9, 231 Winter Words 217 Brooks, Cleanth 120–1 bunting 202, 206,...

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