UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Summer Examinations: 2001/2002
THE THIRTIES: THE ARTS AND SOCIETY IN INTER-WAR BRITAIN I
Time allowed: 3 hours.
Candidates must answer THREE questions.
Read carefully the instructions on the answer book and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book.
1. How did contributors to Circle envisage that the new language of abstraction might impact upon everyday life?
2. Did Herbert Read make concessions to British taste in his presentation of Surrealism to the public in 1936?
3. Why was Anthony Blunt dismissive of Guernica in 1937?
4. How did members of the MARS Group believe that the architect's role should differ from that encouraged by the RIBA?
5. Does mural painting of the inter-war period reinforce or subvert the traditions associated with the genre?
6. Does it make sense to consider the Design and Industries Association in terms of an avant-garde?
7. Can the controversies over the new architecture be explained simply in terms of xenophobia?
8. What were the aesthetic implications of the Mass-Observation project?
9. What does the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre reveal about attitudes to public building in the period?
10. For what reasons did William Coldstream abandon painting in 1934?
11. Has the critical appreciation of the work of Henry Moore served to distort the understanding of the work of Barbara Hepworth?
12. Can differences between the various artistic and exhibiting groups of the 1930s be accounted for in terms of ideology, style or friendship?