In the May issue of APOLLO, Peter Cormack referred to the idealism of the uniquely democratic Arts and Crafts movement
, in which women played a major role.
But while the Arts and Crafts movement
evoked an idealized, pre-industrial never-never land - a Marxist fantasy of Arthurian Britain - the Glasgow Style drew its vitality straight from its booming, thoroughly modern hometown.
Max Palevsky, the founder of one of America's earliest big computer companies, in his 'sponsor's statement' in the LACMA book/catalogue writes: 'Just as the Arts and Crafts movement
took issue with the alienation of people from "pleasure in labour" and the resulting Joss of human creativity, I, too, oppose the depersonalisation that comes from the hypnotic quality of computer games, the substitution of a Google search for genuine enquiry, the instant messaging that has replaced social discourse.
There you'll find decorative arts by Charles and Henry Greene, well-known, turn-of-the-century Pasadena architects who were Southern California's answer to the arts and crafts movement
3 John Dando Sedding was a high Victorian and one of the fathers of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Surely a similar 'blockbuster' devoted exclusively to the British Arts and Crafts movement
would have been of no less interest as a marketable commodity to overseas venues (a factor one recognises as essential in today's museum realities)?
But that does not mean that the Arts and Crafts Movement
has nothing to teach us today - particularly in architecture, where the Movement's qualities of honesty, response to place and social idealism are even more important than they were 100 years ago.
Besides, it represents the pioneering, primitive phase of the Arts and Crafts movement
The Arts and Crafts Movement
revolutionised attitudes to design in the late 19th century and was heavily influenced by the work and ideas of William Morris and John Ruskin.
FROM FEBRUARY TO EARLY JUNE 2016 the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College will mount the first comprehensive exhibition of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Irish Arts and Crafts movement
COMPTON VERNEY, NEAR WELLESBOURNE: The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now, the history and appeal of the Arts and Crafts movement
B BIRMINGHAMSCHOOLOFART Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BX Tel: 0121 331 597 Birmingham was a significant centre for the international Arts and Crafts movement
tor two or three decades either side of 1900 - and the focus of this period was the now Grade I-listed Birmingham School of Art (right), the first Municipal School of Art.