The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 25, 2017

March 25, 1947

Richard Cork (March 25, 1947) is an art historian. His credentials include a Ph.D from Trinity Hall, Cambridge. His career includes time as:

art critic, for the  Evening Standard, 1969–77, 1980–83; 

editor, at  Studio International, 1975–79; 
and art critic, for The Listener, 1984–90.
Also he was chief art critic, at The Times, 1991–2002,
and from 
2003–06 art critic, at the New Statesman newspaper.

Cork was Slade Prof. of Fine Art, at Cambridge, 1989–90;
and Henry Moore Foundation Senior Fellow, at the Courtauld Institute of Art, from 1992–95.

A partial list of his publications includes:

Vorticism and Abstract Art in the First Machine Age
     vol. I: Origins and Development, 1975, 
     vol. II: Synthesis and Decline, 1976;

The Social Role of Art, 1979;
Art Beyond the Gallery in Early Twentieth Century England, 1985;
 A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War, 1994;
Bottle of Notes: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, 1997;
Everything Seemed Possible: art in the 1970s, 2003;
New Spirit, New Sculpture, New Money: art in the 1980s, 2003;
Breaking Down the Barriers: art in the 1990s, 2003;
Annus Mirabilis?: art in the year 2000, 2003;
Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill, 2009;
The Healing Presence of Art: a history of Western art in hospitals, 2012.

Richard Cork details his hobbies, in his Who's Who writeup as "Enjoying family" (a wife and four children), "looking at art, and walking".

Under the category of looking at art, we are pleased to note a review he wrote titled "The Lion's Sneeze" and subtitled: "Stefano Zuffi's The Cat in Art looks at how depicting the feline has engrossed artists for millennia. Hooray, says Richard Cork."

We couldn't walk away from that.

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