Subtitle: Florence Philips and the Making of the Johannesburg Art Gallery Author: Jillian Carman With Author's Inscription Publisher: Wits University Press (2006) ISBN-10: 1868144364 ISBN-13: 9781868144365 Condition: Very Good. The cover has a few scratches and a small dent along the top edge of the pages. Else a very good copy. Binding: Softcover Pages: 425 Dimensions: 22.9 x 17 x 2.7 cm
Weight: 0.8 kg
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Uplifting the Colonial Philistine is a thoroughly researched, fascinating account of the unusual circumstances in which early Johannesburg, then a budding mining town, came to have an art gallery with one of the most avantgarde collections in the world. It describes the larger-than-life characters who brought the Johannesburg Art Gallery to its grand launch in November 1910: Florence Phillips, wife of one of the Randlord patrons, and Hugh Lane, curator. Containing 100 reproductions from the original catalogue, this book unravels the complex intertwining of personal and socio-political agendas that made up the fabric of the founding.