For all the ways in which the Vorticists
emulated Marinetti and his followers, there were significant differences between the movements' aesthetic approaches.
announced their arrival with two issues of a magazine called Blast, written by Lewis, a "great self-publicist".
If we view professionals as knowledge-based groups concerned with self-legitimation, treatises such as the Vorticist
manifestos of Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, Mina Loy's "Feminist Manifesto," and the numerous Futurist manifestos responded to this perceived threat by articulating uniquely modernist approaches to the problem of group identity.
19) For a brilliant reading of what those new discourses look like, see Janet Lyon, "Militant Discourse, Strange Bedfellows: Suffragettes and Vorticists
before the War," Differences 4.
Like the Futurists, the Vorticists
advocated a break with the past and a modern art that embraced the industrial, the urban, the mechanical and the abstract.
The ambition of the Pompidou show was to situate the genesis of Futurism in the extensive back-and-forth that took place in Paris between the Italian painters and their fellow artists, including not only Picasso, Braque, and the Salon Cubists but also the Orphists, Russian Cubo-Futurists, and British Vorticists
The former were painters of exceptional originality, using emotive colours in paintings as different from, and more advanced, than anything to be seen in Britain prior to the appearance of the Vorticists
In Britain, a Futurist-inspired cult of tactility was promoted by Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) and the Vorticists
And many Futurists were not Italian: They were, for instance, French, or Czech, or British Vorticists
, or hapless poetry-spouting Russian Communists.
Roberts, one of the key Vorticists
, and later a painter and chronicler of contemporary British life, is among the best represented artists in the collector's catalogue of more than 100 20th-century artists.
Cadell was the only Scottish Colourist to serve, and although the angular, jagged forms of the rocks on Iona become more pronounced afterward, his oeuvre, apart from a lost work entitled Poisonous Gas, betrays little of the horrors of war, unlike that of his contemporaries the Vorticists
Uniting over 100 works as well as rarely seen Vorticist
photography, 'The Vorticists
: Manifesto for a Modern World' explores the radical early 20th-century British movement and its links with the American avant-garde.