Crucible of Modern Art or Cornish sideshow?
Michael Bird reassesses St Ives' place in the cultural landscape of postwar Britain. He shows how the artists who arrived in the 1940s and 1950s were looking for all kinds of things and experimenting with many types of practice, from constructivism to action painting and photomonage.
Michael Bird is a writer and art historian. His books include The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time and monographs on Sandra Blow, Bryan Wynter and Lynn Chadwick. He is currently writng a children's history of art, to be published by Laurence King in 2015.