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Title: 'The ugly and the useless' : industry as a theme in Scottish art and aesthetics, 1880-1980
Author: Patrizio, Andrew
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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Abstract:
The thesis proposes that, over the period under discussion, it is possible to detect a distinct tradition of Scottish art and aesthetics which has attempted to interpret the theme of industrialisation within a Modernist context. The thesis is split into two parts, THEORY and PRACTICE. THEORY traces a tradition stemming from Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin to the Arts and Crafts Movement and the generalist position re. art and industry, of Patrick Geddes. It then examines the inheritance of Geddes and general debates on the interconnection between art, culture and industry in the writings of Hugh MacDiarmid, Ian Finlay and J.D. Fergusson. This part concludes with William Johnstone's role as a theoretician and educationalist in the context of European contributions to art and industry. Part Two, PRACTICE, looks first at the series of construction photographs of the Forth Rail Bridge by Evelyn Carey, in the context of the contemporary debate on art and industry within the Arts and Crafts Movement. This also establishes themes of Functionalism and an industrial aesthetic which are carried forward in subsequent chapters. These analyse the major contribution of Muirhead Bone's construction, demolition and wartime graphic work. A related printmaking tradition of industrial subjects is also identified with the Society of Artist-Printmakers, particularly Ian Fleming. Painting's contribution to the theme is analysed in J.D. Fergusson's First World War shipyard scenes, William McCance's art and writings, and the Clyde Group of painters in Glasgow in the 1940s and 1950s.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.660434  DOI: Not available
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