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Art Monthly- August 12th, 2011









Future Past

Christopher Townsend on a very British modernism

Wakefield’s new Barbara Hepworth museum gives visitors a slice of mid-century British modernism, but how can we comprehend this historical period when it is refracted – via contemporary culture – through late capitalism’s self mythologising?


‘The era of mid-century modernism and modernity is lost to us now, its Utopias are as unattainable as the archaic ages of Knossos and Troy, and presented to us in fragments gathered from the archaeological excavation of what was to come rather than the digging up of what really happened.’

The programme is hosted by Matt Hale who has worked at Art Monthly since 1991.

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