New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier Brzeska
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) was a pioneer of modern sculpture. Born in France, but working in London from 1911 to 1914, Gaudier’s precocious talent was cut short by his death at the age of twenty-three in the First World War.
Published in 2015 to accompany the NEW RHYTHMS exhibition at Kettle’s Yard and mark 100 years since Gaudier’s death, NEW RHYTHMS explores how his interests in dance, rhythm and movement (including wrestling) decisively influenced his sculpture. Alongside his contemporaries, Gaudier’s ambition was to make art for a new age. With over 80 illustrations and an introduction from Dr Jennifer Powell (Kettle’s Yard) and essays by Dr Doïna Lemny (Pompidou Centre, Paris), Dr Sarah Victoria Turner (Paul Mellon Centre) and Dr Evelyn Silber, this publication showcases how Gaudier’s works can inspire NEW RHYTHMS today.