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Finch, James (2016)
Languages: English
Types: Doctoral thesis
Subjects: NX
The English art critic and curator David Sylvester (1924-2001) played a significant role in the formation of taste in Britain during the second half of the twentieth century. Through his writing, curating and other work Sylvester did much to shape the reputations of, and discourse around, important twentieth century artists including Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and René Magritte. At the same time his career is of significant sociohistorical interest. On a personal level it shows how a schoolboy expelled at the age of fifteen with no qualifications went on to become a CBE, a Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the first critic to receive a Leone d'Oro at the Venice Biennale, assembling a personal collection of artworks worth millions of pounds in the process. In terms of the history of post-war art more broadly, meanwhile, Sylvester's criticism provides a way of understanding developments in British art and its relation to those in Paris and New York during the 1950s and 1960s.\ud \ud This thesis provides the first survey of Sylvester's entire output as an art critic across different media and genres, and makes a case for him as a commentator of comparable significance to Roger Fry, Herbert Read, and other British critics who have already received significant scholarly attention. I take a twofold approach, analysing both the quality of Sylvester's writing and criticism, and its function as a catalyst for furthering the careers of artists and instigating significant exhibitions. Common to all of these strands is Sylvester's distinctive critical sensibility, which placed an emphasis on his own aesthetic experiences and how they could be articulated through criticism.
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    • 3.3 Film and Television Chapter 4: Interviews
    • 4.1 Reasons for Interviewing
    • 4.2 Sylvester as an Interviewer
    • 4.3 The Editing Process
    • 4.4 Chapter 5: The Monographs
    • 5.1 Henry Moore
    • 5.2 Alberto Giacometti
    • 5.3 René Magritte
    • 5.4 Francis Bacon Chapter 6: On Showing Art
    • 6.2 Experience and Interpretation: Curating since the 1970s Chapter 7: Looking Back
    • 7.2 Living with Art
    • 7.3 About Modern Art Conclusion 1. Installation shot, Exhibition of Islamic carpets from the Joseph V.
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    • Gimpel Fils (DS); F.- Windom's Way (Robertson); TH.- Benn Levy, The E28 Critics - The Wreck of the Deutschland, Third Programme
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    • Third Programme, 20 February 1958, TGA 200816/4/1/54; TGA
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    • (DS)], Home Service, 23 February 1958, BBC WAC E31 Critics - Where's Charley?, Palace Theatre (Findlater); R.-
    • Anstey)], Home Service, 2 March 1958, BBC WAC E32 Critics - Famous Trials No. 3- The Turf Libel', Home Service
    • Playhouse (Findlater)] Home Service, 9 March 1958, BBC WAC E33 Critics - F.L. Lucas, The Search for Good Sense (Lane); A.-
    • Photography and Cinematography, Network 3 (Gibbs-Smith)
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    • 1958, BBC WAC E50 A Cartoon Film [on Richard Williams, The Little Island], Comment
    • Third Programme, 15 January 1959, BBC WAC E51 [On Michael Bentine's radio series 'Round the Bend'] Comment
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    • Programme, 22 April 1959, TGA 200816/8/1/6 E59 Critics - Samuel Taylor with Cornelia Otis Skinner, The
    • (Aragno)], Home Service, 3 May 1959, BBC WAC E60 Critics - 'Asking the World', Home Service (Craig); B.- Elsa
    • of Paul Slickey, Palace Theatre (T.C. Worsley)], Home Service, 10 May
    • 1959, BBC WAC E61 Critics - Robert Graves, Collected Poems (Al Alvarez); A.-
    • Independent Television (Craig)], Home Service, 17 May 1959, BBC WAC E62 [Review of Agee on Film], Talking of Films BBC Network Three, 19
    • May 1959, BBC WAC E63 Critics [A.- Henry Moore, Marlborough Gallery (DS); F.- A Lesson
    • (Alvarez)], Home Service, 24 May 1959, BBC WAC E64 Critics - Sapphire (Freda Bruce Lockhart); TH.- Tennessee
    • (Alvarez); A.- Jack Smith, Matthiesen (DS)], Home Service, 31 May
    • 1959, BBC WAC E65 Critics - Bernard Miles, Lock Up Your Daughters (adapted from
    • Fielding's Rape Upon Rape, Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock (Worsley); TV.- 'This Week', Independent Television (Craig); B.- Edmund Keeley, The Libation (Alvarez); A.- Victor Brauner, Leicester Galleries (DS); F.- Shake Hands with the Devil (Lockhart)], Home Service, 7 June 1959, BBC WAC
    • ', Home Service (Brunius); B.- Bruno Bettelheim, The Informed Heart (Alvarez); A.- Toulouse-Lautrec, Tate Gallery (DS)], Home Service, 5 March 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - The Connection, Duke of York's Theatre (Worsley); R.- 'Painting of the Month', Home Service (Barbara Bray); B.- David Holbrook, Imaginings and W.D. Snodgrass, Heart's Needle (Alvarez); A.- Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia (DS); F.- The Rebel (Marowitz)], Home Service, 12 March 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - 'Meeting Point', BBC (Bray); B.- Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd (Alvarez); A.- Victor Pasmore, New London Gallery (DS); TH.- John Whiting, The Devils, Aldwych Theatre (Worsley)], Home Service, 19 March 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics [B.- Ian Fleming, Thunderball (Alvarez); A.- Carel Weight, Zwemmer Gallery (DS); F.- The Sins of Rachel Cade (Anstey); TH.- Ibsen, The Lady from the Sea, Queen's Theatre (Worsley); R.- William Golding, Break my Heart, Home Service (Bray)] , Home Service, 26 March 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - Landseer, RA (DS); F.- 101 Dalmatians (Anstey); TH.- The Miracle Worker, Royalty Theatre, Kingsway (Worsley); R.- Quanta and Reality, Third Programme (Bray); B.- Robert Harbinson, Up Spake the Cabin Boy (Alvarez)], Home Service, 2 April 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - The World of Apu (Anstey); TH.- Sparrers Can't Sing, Wyndhams Theatre (Hope-Wallace); R.- The Flight of the Wild Geese, Third Programme (Laurence Kitchin); B.- Claude Lévi-Strauss, A World on the Wane (J.G. Weightman); A.- Rebeyrolle, Marlborough Gallery (DS)], Home Service, 9 April 1961, BBC WAC
    • Today 14 June 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics TH. - Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House, Wyndhams (Worsley); R.- Tristan da Cunha No More, Home Service (Cyril Ray); B.- Colin M. Turnbull, The Forest People (Huxley); A.- Epstein, Tate Gallery (DS); F.- Gorgo (Dehn)], Home Service, 12 November 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - A Cry for Help (Ray); B.- T.E.D. Howarth, Citizen King: The Life of Louis-Philippe (Huxley); A.- Modern Jewellery, Goldsmiths Hall (DS); F.- The Connection (Dehn); TH.- Aeschylus, Oresteia, Old Vic (Worsley)], Home Service, 19 November 1961, BBC WAC
    • Reith Lectures by Margory Perham, Home Service (Ray)], Home Service, 26 November 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - American Folk Art, American Embassy (DS); F.- The Innocents' (Dehn); Gwyn Thomas, The Keep, Royal Court (Worsley); R.- Patrick Dickenson, Myello's [?] Laurel Bow, Home Service (Ray); B.- George Steiner, The Death of Tragedy (Huxley)], Home Service, 3 December 1961, BBC WAC
    • Critics - Coventry Cathedral (Robinson and DS); B.- J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey (Smith); TH.- Françoise Sagan, Castle in Sweden, Piccadilly Theatre (Hale); R.- The Imposters, Home Service (Craig)], Home Service, 3 June 1962, BBC WAC
    • Critics [F.- Barabbas (Robinson); TH.- Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall, England our England, Princes Theatre (Hale); TV.- 'Juke Box Jury', BBC (Craig); B.- Iris Murdoch, Iris Murdoch, An Unofficial Rose, (Smith); A.- Francis Bacon, Tate Gallery (DS)], Home Service, 10 June 1962, BBC WAC
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