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Mar 21, 2011    #043
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Art historian Mark Antliff speaks about 20th-century rebel artists from London and New York

UMKC Bernardin Haskell lecture takes place April 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Art historian Mark Antliff will present "Direct Carving/Direct Action: Anti-Imperialism, Anarchism and the Vorticist Revolution in London" at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Room 208 of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Art and Art History, 5110 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the foremost scholars in 20th-century European art, Antliff will present a lecture on the Vorticists -- rebel artists in London and New York from 1914 to 1918. The group took its name from "Vortex," a term coined by American expatriate and literary great Ezra Pound in 1913, when describing the maximum energy he and his colleagues wished to instill among London's literary and artistic avant-garde. The Vorticist painters harnessed the language of abstraction to convey the industrial dynamism they associated with the vortex of the modern city.

The lecture draws on Antliff's research for a major exhibition on Vorticism, which he co-curated with Vivien Greene, curator of Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibition opened in the fall of 2010 at the Nasher Museum at Duke, and will travel to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Tate Britain in London.

Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is the author of "Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde" (1993) and "Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939" (2007) as well as co-author of "Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy" (with Matthew Affron, 1997), "Cubism and Culture" (with Patricia Leighten, 2001), and "A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914" (with Patricia Leighten, 2008). His research and teaching interests focus on art in Europe before 1945, with special attention to cultural politics in all its permutations, as well as the interrelation of art and philosophy. He is a professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University.

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