Marketing Bohemia: the Chenil Gallery in Chelsea, 1905-1926

Helmreich, Anne and Holt, Ysanne (2010) Marketing Bohemia: the Chenil Gallery in Chelsea, 1905-1926. Oxford Art Journal, 33 (1). pp. 43-61. ISSN 0142-6540

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On 20 June 1914, the Vorticists set out to shock the British cultural establishment with their journal Blast; its bold type marching diagonally across its bright pink cover. Within, readers found a powerful manifesto, trumpeted in heavy font, specifying individuals, institutions, and items to be blasted or blessed. Amidst those to be blasted, sandwiched between Edward Elgar, cod liver oil and Clan Strachey, was the Chenil Gallery. The Vorticists' indictment, at first glance, seems to support the myth of the avant-garde with its habitual disavowal of the commercial art world. Yet, the Chenil, the only gallery cited by the magazine, had gained its reputation and visibility since it was founded in 1905 by supporting artists who positioned themselves as outsiders, first by calling upon the paradigm of bohemia, as in the case of Augustus John, later by adopting the strategies of the urban avant-garde as, for example, with David Bomberg. Why then did the Chenil incur such wrath in 1914?

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V300 History by topic
W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 May 2010 10:19
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:42

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