Thoughts on Roberto Gerhard’s ‘Thoughts on Art and Anarchy’

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Edgar Wind’s Reith Lecture series ‘Art and Anarchy’ is notable for being one of the first instalments in the series to address arts and culture. The series received almost unanimous praise for its intellectual rigour but prompted significant and varied criticisms from historians and artists alike who took objection to Wind’s firmly modernist critiques of the contemporary experience of art. Responding to this debate, BBC’s The Listener commissioned three responses to Art and Anarchy for print publication and radio broadcast. Roberto Gerhard was the third contributor to this series. ‘Thoughts on Art and Anarchy’ was written at a significant moment in Roberto Gerhard’s life. It presents perhaps the most detailed insight into Gerhard’s views on the values of art, through his critique of Wind’s thesis. This paper will explore Gerhard’s arguments and draw connections between the ideas he furthers, the concurrent development of his own creative practice, and the cultural space he saw his work increasingly occupy.
Period23 Nov 2023
Event titleRobert Gerhard’s Modernism: Techniques, Influences, Receptions, Meanings
Event typeConference
LocationBarcelona, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational