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Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read

Art in an Electric Atmosphere: the Library and Archive of Herbert Read
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2 Sep 2019 - 1 Aug 2020

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Treasures of the Brotherton

Brotherton Gallery, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT

Who was Herbert Read? Discover the life of an anarchist, art critic and poet.
Delve into the contradictions in the life of Sir Herbert Read, who gained a considerable international reputation as a poet, critic, anarchist, educationalist, historian and philosopher.

Guest-curated by artist Stephen Sutcliffe and arts organisation Pavilion this exhibition comprises over 165 items from Read’s archive and library. It has been put together with a collagist’s sensibility to reflect the contradictory life of the man himself.

The son of a farmer, Read was raised in Yorkshire and studied at the University of Leeds. In 1915 he went to fight in the First World War, emerging in 1918 as a decorated hero, committed pacifist and published poet. He went on to be one of the most important cultural figures of the day, co-founding the Institute of Contemporary Arts with Roland Penrose.

Using Read’s own collection, the exhibition gives a unique glimpse into the private life of this multi-talented man. On display is everything from the mundane, such as a 1964 receipt for a domestic dishwasher, to the extraordinary, like a postcard sent to Read by Pablo Picasso.

Central to the exhibition is a new projected video work by Glasgow-based and Yorkshire-born collage artist Stephen Sutcliffe.

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Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access to the galleries is through the Chemistry Building to the right of the Parkinson Building steps. The entrance is marked “Chemistry” and has ramp access.

The accessible wheelchair entrance opens automatically between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, visitors can press the buzzer above the card reader and speak to a member of staff who can open the door remotely.

It is approximately 70 metres from the wheelchair accessible entrance to the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery and approximately 105 metres to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery.

Assistance dogs are welcome and there are hearing aid induction loops in the galleries.

Large print exhibition guides are available.

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