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Literature, Art, and a Media Frenzy

In response to the 'Great Spectacle' event at the Royal Academy of Arts (12 June-19 August 2018), commemorating 250 years of its Summer Exhibition, Dr Jaron Murphy (Southampton Solent University) has written up interviews with Dr Sarah Victoria Turner, Deputy Director for Research at the Paul Mellon Centre, and Dr Mduduzi Xakaza, Director of the Durban Art Gallery. The interviews are downloadable here.

Student Reviews of IWM North Exhibition

The recent exhibition of Lewis's paintings at Imperial War Museum North attracted a lot of attention in the national press. Excitingly, it also attracted attention from several undergraduate students at the University of Salford. Two review-responses to the exhibition, by Polly Riggs and Noman Mohammad, are now available for download below. Our thanks to Dr Caroline Magennis for sending on these reviews, which impressively attest to the complexity of Lewis's work and to the difficulties involved in presenting it responsibly to different kinds of audience.

Review by Polly Riggs.

Review by Noman Mohammad.

CFP 'JWLS' 2018

Special Issue (2018) of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies (Tarr: 100 years on)

Wyndham Lewis’s quintessentially modernist novel Tarr was published in 1918 (Knopf, USA; Egoist Press, UK). To commemorate the centenary of the novel’s publication, the 2018 volume of JWLS seeks 7,000- to 10,000-word essays reconsidering Tarr’s significance, legacy, and meaning.

Walter S. Michel (1922-2017)

The Wyndham Lewis Society is saddened to report the death of Walter S. Michel, the pioneering Lewis scholar and author of Wyndham Lewis: Paintings and Drawings (University of California Press, 1971), among other volumes. Walter passed away early in the morning of February 22nd, 2017.

Lewis Conference September 2017

A conference devoted to Lewis's work, 'Benign Fiesta: Wyndham Lewis's Texts, Contexts, and Aesthetics', will be held at the University of Nottingham, 11-13 September 2017.  

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Vorticism on 'World at One'

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Frances Spalding says Vorticism was aggressive

As part of its coverage of the 1918 Armistice centenary, BBC Radio 4’s World at One decided to look at Modernism. On 9 November 2018 they asked along Will Gompertz and Frances Spalding, to be interviewed by Mark Mardell. They would, he said, "discuss the cultural impact of the First World War". Here is an account of the sense and nonsense that followed. All quotes are taken from the online recording, so they’re exact.


Cy Fox (Obituary & Eulogy)

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Colleen Fox has sent (via Society member Alan Munton) an obituary for the esteemed Lewisian Cy Fox (1931-2018), along with her eulogy for him.


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Events of Interest

By Gareth Mills

An up-to-date list of academic events of interest to scholars of Lewis and modernism can be located on the BAMS website.