Edited by Alexandra Gerstein.
London. The Courtauld Gallery in association with Fontanka. 2009. First edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 183 pages. Over 200 colour illustrations. 265 by 225mm (10½ by 8¾ inches). 1.1kg. 9781906257057. English. Near fine; light bumping at base of spine.
Scarce hardback edition of the catalogue for the important exhibition held at the Courtauld Gallery, London in 2009.
'With the opening of the Omega Workshops in 1913 as a 'laboratory' of radical design ideas, Roger Fry signalled a break with mainstream Edwardian culture and aesthetics. Inspired by contemporary art in Europe, the Workshops created a range of objects for the home, from rugs and linens to ceramics, furniture and clothing - all boldly coloured and patterned with dynamic abstract designs' (from the blurb).
The book is a comprehensive and definitive volume on the Workshop. There is an introduction by Christopher Reed, which is followed by scholarly essays covering textiles, pottery, Gaudier-Brzeska, costumes, dressmaking, politics and more. The book finishes with a fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition and an appendix of drawings.