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Exhibition Talk


Exhibition Talk

Dr. Evelyn Silber / 'Gaudier-Brzeska and Ezra Pound - friendship and inspiration in the pre-1914 London avant-garde’

Goethe-Institut, Glasgow 3 Park Circus, Glasgow, G3 6AX

20 August 2016

As part of the context for Simon Starling's 'At Twilight', Dr. Silber talked about sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and his peers in the early 20th century. The brilliant young sculptor, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, formed a close friendship with Ezra Pound in 1913-14, creating a monumental portrait in stone on which Starling’s mask of Ezra Pound is based. With Wyndham Lewis, they were the provocative leaders of the Vorticist group. When Gaudier-Brzeska was killed in 1915, Pound published a memoir of his work just a year later. This talk explores their relationship and the wider context of the pre-war literary and artistic avant-garde in London.

Dr. Evelyn Silber is Honorary Professorial Research Fellow (History of Art) at the University of Glasgow. She is a former Director of the Hunterian, University of Glasgow, also of Leeds Museums and Galleries, and Assistant Director at Birmingham Museums and Galleries. Evelyn has lived in Glasgow for over 14 years and is involved in several local heritage and cultural tourism projects.