In 1930 pioneering female gallerist Lucy Wertheim opened The Wertheim Gallery in London. Wertheim challenged the established art scene conventions; she was a woman without formal art training, driven by intuition and a belief that young British artists should have the same opportunities as their European counterparts.
Adventure in Art is Lucy’s 1947 autobiography, telling the story of her career in the British Modernist era.
Republished by Unicorn to coincide with the forthcoming Towner Eastbourne exhibition, A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim & Reuniting the Twenties Group (Summer 2022), this book brings to a contemporary audience the trials and tribulations of a key participant in the male-dominated art world in the first half of the twentieth century. Lucy Wertheim’s discerning eye and business acumen helped to propel big names such as Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, Cedric Morris, Henry Moore and Frances Hodgkins into the mainstream.
With three commissioned essays – the first by Frances Spalding (Lucy Wertheim – Her Gallery in Context); Ariane Banks (Lucy Wertheim – A Pioneering Woman and Her Contemporaries); the third by Towner Eastbourne's Collections & Exhibitions Curator, Karen Taylor (Lucy Wertheim – Her ‘Forty-One Year Experiment’ [1930–71]) – this new edition not only brings Lucy Carrington Wertheim’s words and deeds back into our conscience, but it also publishes over 70 artworks, many of which are featured in the Towner Eastbourne exhibition, as well as newly photographed ephemera from the Estate’s extensive archive. Together, this exhibition and book will significantly reset the accepted narrative, and shine a light on a neglected corner of mid-twentieth century art history.
Format: Hardback, 144 pages.
Published:1st Jun 2022
Dimensions: 247mm x 183mm
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