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The End of an Era? New Perspectives on Edwardian Art at YCBA

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If you’re anywhere near New Haven this May, I recommend the following:

The End of An Era? New Perspectives on Edwardian Art

Friday, May 10th, 2013, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 9:30 am–5:45 pm

This international symposium coincides with the Center’s major exhibition Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century, curated by Angus Trumble, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art, and Andrea Wolk Rager, Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western University. Although King Edward VII reigned for only nine years, he gave his name to an era remarkable for its opulence and its contradictions. This symposium will offer a forum for considering the state of the field of interdisciplinary studies of the Edwardian period. Presenting a series of position papers in response to key themes, speakers will examine why the Edwardian era continues to exert a powerful afterlife and provide new interpretations of the art of the period. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the exhibition with the curators. Speakers include: Tim Barringer  (Yale University), Grace Brockington (University of Bristol), Michael Hatt (University of Warwick), Linda Ferber (New-York Historical Society), Barbara Gallati (Independent Curator), Morna O’Neill (Wake Forest University), Susan Sidlauskas (Rutgers University), Sarah Turner (University of York), and Alison Inglis (University of Melbourne).

The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is recommended. Register online through May 8. For further information, please contact Research (ycba.research@yale.edu) or visit the website.

Edwardian Opulence – Catalogue Review


Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager, ed. Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century (Yale Center for British Art; Yale University Press, 2013).

The last couple of years have witnessed an upsurge of interest in art of the Edwardian era. Recent months have seen a special edition of Visual Culture in Britain dedicated to ‘Edwardian Art and its Legacies’, the launch of the Tate-based Camden Town Group in Context, and the first part of Yale’s Edwardian project, The Edwardian Sense (published in 2010). Now we have Edwardian Opulence, the four-hundred page catalogue to the exhibition currently showing at the Yale Center for British Art, and the culmination of a decade’s research into early twentieth-century British culture.

Long seen, in the wonderful words of Edwardian Opulence curators Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager, as ‘an indolent coda drifting behind the long Victorian era’, the first decade of the twentieth century has struggled for some time to find its own voice, with many commentators holding onto the cliché of the ‘long summer afternoon’ or the ‘country house garden party’. This trope has not been accepted by all: Samuel Hynes, in his 1968 book The Edwardian Turn of Mind, was one of the first to call attention to the darker undercurrents of the age – an idea taken up with gusto in the field of art history by the 1987 exhibition The Edwardian Era. Indeed, it is fair to see both of these as foundational texts to which this current influx of Edwardian surveys owe a large debt. The title – and bold, Boldini cover – of Edwardian Opulence, however, suggests a slight shift in interests. Continue reading

Edwardian Opulence: Events


Yale Center for British Art’s major exhibition ‘Edwardian Opulence’ opens later this week accompanied by a range of events including an opening conversation with curators Angus Trumble and Andrea Wolk Rager, and the graduate symposium ‘Art, Anxiety, and Protest in the Edwardian Belle Époque’. More details on the latter event can be found below:

Art, Anxiety, and Protest in the Edwardian Belle Époque
Graduate Student Symposium
Saturday, March 2, 9 am–6:30 pm
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

Keynote Lecture 5:30 pm

Edwardian Modernities: Art and Music in London, 1901-1910: Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University

This one-day graduate student symposium considers the visual arts in Britain and its empire, America, and Continental Europe between 1901 and 1910—the era marked out by the reign of the British monarch Edward VII—in relation to the intersecting social, economic, sexual, political, and psychological tensions and anxieties of the period. Continue reading