A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections

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Although of another place and time, the Bloomsbury group confronted issues that are remarkably current: international crises, war, the value of craft in an industrialized world, women's rights, environmental protection, and the search for the true, the good, and the beautiful in their art and their lives. A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collectionsexamines the group's responses to these issues, providing a valuable mirror on how people can address similar concerns today. A hundred years after the Bloomsbury group was established, their story still resonates and brings together a variety of interests across many artistic and intellectual pursuits.

This catalog, the companion catalog to an acclaimed exhibition organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in 2008, isillustrated with full-color plates of the two hundred exhibited works, as well as numerous color figures of comparative works and documentary photographs. It alsofeatures essays by several leading Bloomsbury scholars. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, author of a major 1995 Carrington biography, provides a personal overview of artistic Bloomsbury. Nancy E. Green, the Johnson Museum curator and organizer of the exhibition, explores the Victorian-era influence on sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. Mark Hussey's essay discusses the cultural differences behind how British and American audiences experience Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. Benjamin Harvey offers "An Appreciation of Bloomsbury's Books and Blocks." Christopher Reed presents personal stories behind many of the prominent Bloomsbury collectors in North America.

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"This book, and the exhibition it accompanies, showcases how American admirers of the writing of Woolf, Strachey, and their circle acquired art that complemented these literary interests. . . . Five essays from a team of arts and letters specialists present a useful survey of the entire Bloomsbury project and its American context. The book features over 250 illustrations, most in color. Recommended."—W. S. Rodner, Choice, September 2009
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