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Rhythm & Colour Book



Rhythm & Colour
Hélène Vanel, Loïs Hutton & Margaret Morris

Richard Emerson

Published by Golden Hare, Edinburgh, 2018

Designed by James Brook

ISBN 9781527221703

Hardback with dust jacket | 245 x 178mm | 624 pages | Printed by Allander, Edinburgh on Olin Regular Cream with cover of Keaycolor Sombre Grey


Hélène Vanel (1898-1989), Loïs Hutton (1893-1972), and Margaret Morris (1891-1980) were dancers of the avant-garde who performed in their own theatres, in costumes they designed, against backcloths they painted themselves. Without money, precedent or male support, these three women achieved fame and notoriety at the centre of the great artistic movements of the 20th century. Their history has been largely forgotten, but in this book Richard Emerson uncovers this extraordinary story, which sees the three women moving from London and Wales to Paris and the French Riviera.

Through newly discovered letters, photographs, journals, memoirs, and contemporary criticism, the book considers the place of dance in post-WWI Modernism from Morris’ involvement with Futurism and Vorticism to Vanel’s dances at the opening of the 1938 International Surrealist Exhibition in Paris which are now heralded as the beginning of Performance Art.

Rhythm & Colour charts the dancers’ uncompromising commitment to their art and their vibrant love affairs, both with the places they lived and with each other, notably Hutton’s affair with American poet Edna St Vincent Millay, Morris’ relationship with J.D. Fergusson, and the pursuit of Vanel by Scottish Colourist painter, Leslie Hunter. Their theatres in Chelsea, Paris and the French Riviera attracted, among many others Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and James Joyce (whose daughter Lucia was among their pupils). The dancers worked with Jean Renoir, Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí.

The book’s author, Richard Emerson is an Art Historian. Formerly the Deputy Conway Librarian at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings at Historic Scotland.

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Phyllida Barlow: Quarry Book




This is Phyllida Barlow: quarry, a book that I have been designing in collaboartion with the artist and the team at Jupiter Artland. Commissioned by Nicky and Robert Wilson for the tenth anniversary of Jupiter Artland, quarry brings together three monumental sculptural objects made from concrete and steel, each with Barlow’s signature textural surfaces, and located within the grounds of Jupiter Artland, just outside Edinburgh. The book documents the gestation of quarry and includes texts by the artist and Jupiter Artland director, Nicky Wilson, a contextualising essay by Jo Applin, and photographs by Allan Pollok-Morris, Anna Kunst, and Thierry Bal. The book also features Phyllida Barlow’s original working drawings for quarry.

The book has 80 pages and is printed on Munken Lynx Smooth 150gsm; the cover is quarter bound with a foil-blocked spine of blue Brillianta cloth with black head and tail bands with endpapers of Colorplan Real Grey. The book was printed by Gomer Press in Llandysul, Wales.

quarry is the first publication in Jupiter Arland’s Artist Commission series, along with Self-Fulfilling-Ego by Marco Giordano. The book can be purchased from the Jupiter Artland website.



Phyllida Barlow: Quarry Book Cover



Here is another taster for Phyllida Barlow: quarry, a book that I have been designing with the artist and the team at Jupiter Artland. Commissioned by Nicky and Robert Wilson for the tenth anniversary of Jupiter Artland, quarry brings together three sculptural objects made from concrete and steel, each with Barlow’s signature textural surfaces. The text pages of the book are printed on Munken Lynx Smooth 150gsm, and the cover is quarter bound with a foil-blocked spine of blue Brillianta cloth with black head and tail bands and endpapers of Colorplan Real Grey. Here is a detail of the cover proof with a sample of Brillianta Blue 4014. The book has arrived from the printers and will be launched tonight when quarry will also be revealed to the public for the first time.

Find out more about quarry and Jupiter Artland here.

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