• Short Summary

    ON VIEW IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND WERE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF 22 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO ILLUSTRATE THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED OLD TESTAMENT, OF WHICH THE FIRST THREE VOLUMES HAVE JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

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    ROYAL ACADEMY; SIGN SHOWING TITLE OF EXHIBITION; INTERIOR VIEW; SEVEN EXHIBITS.




    Initials EH/V/MR/SIM



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    Background: ON VIEW IN LONDON THIS WEEKEND WERE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF 22 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO ILLUSTRATE THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED OLD TESTAMENT, OF WHICH THE FIRST THREE VOLUMES HAVE JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

    THE 700 ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BEING SHOWN AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY BY THE PUBLISHERS, THE OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, WHICH GAVE EACH ARTIST COMPLETE FREEDOM OF INTERPRETATION. THOUGH MOST OF THE MORE MODERNISTIC AND CONTROVERSIAL ILLUSTRATORS MADE THE MOST IMMEDIATE IMPACT ON CRITICS AND PUBLIC. THE BOLDNESS OF THEIR APPROACH WAS, HOWEVER, DEFENDED BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, PRIMATE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, WHO INSISTED THAT THEY HAD SERVED THE OLD TESTAMENT BETTER THAN SOME OF THEIR PREDECESSORS.

    NORMAN ADAMS, WHO CONTRIBUTED AN ABSTRACT DRAWING TO ILLUSTRATE PSALM 113 ("PRAISE YE THE LORD"), SAYS HE "SET THE WORDS RATHER IN THE WAY A COMPOSER MIGHT SET THEM TO MUSIC". JOHN BRATBY, PERHAPS THE MOST WIDELY NOTED OF THE 22, HAS ILLUSTRATED THE BOOK OF JOB WITH HIS CHARACTERISTIC EARTHLY SYMBOLISM. MUCH COMMENT WAS ALSO CAUSED BY THE FRANK LOVE SCENE USED BY CYRIL REASON TO ILLUSTRATE THE SONG OF SOLOMON. CERI RICHARDS, ILLUSTRATING SOME OF THE PSALMS, SAID HE TRIED TO EVOKE THEIR "POETIC LYRICISM" BY LIGHT AND GAY DRAWINGS.

    OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS HAVE SET OUT "TO ATTRACT THE ARTIST AND THE CONNOISSEUR OF BOOKS ILLUSTRATION, AS WELL AS THOSE READERS OF THE BIBLE WHO WILL WELCOME A STRIKINGLY ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA11KSNFXS8X1UQO9KYZ0W64W3R
    Media URN:
    VLVA11KSNFXS8X1UQO9KYZ0W64W3R
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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