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Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism by Mary Ann Caws

Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism

Mary Ann Caws

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Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication date: 10 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781789140552
3 stars out of 5

"a handy, portable book"

Although she has nothing new to say about Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and their familiar friends associated with Charleston farmhouse, [Caw's] recapitulation of the work, the amours and the comings and goings of Bloomsbury people and ideas is astute and affectionate. Invariably Caws’s quotations are apt... There are a few slack constructions in the book (one twisting sentence makes the artists who went to work in St Ives sound like moths ‘attracted by the light’) and some disruptive asides and giddying free associations. Readers may feel as if they have become participants in a game of Consequences when Caws mentions André Breton’s visit to Prague and meets an architectural historian of the city whose brother wrote the first biography of Václev Havel, who in turn was a fan of the Rolling Stones. This hectic dropping of names can seem indiscriminate... Creative Gatherings is a handy, portable book, not a coffee-table slab, but illustrated with sumptuous... This is not a profound book, but it is written in a spirit of gratitude, admiration and contentment that will give pleasure to all readers except latter-day Clara Rilkes.