'What is Vorticism?'

June 15 2011

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Picture: Tate Britain/EPA. Detail of Wyndham Lewis' 'Workshop'.

A new exhibition of Vorticist paintings has gone on display at Tate Britain. More details here.

The show was featured on the Today programme by the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz. Evan Davis began by asking Gompertz, 'what is Vorticism?', and got this fantastically baffling (to the average listener) response:

Vorticism was a London-based modern art movement started in 1914 and it was in effect a British version of Italian Futurism with a splash of Parisian Cubism added to bring out a distinctive flavour. [cue guffaw from John Humphrys] 

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