In the first decades of the twentieth century, the art critic Roger Fry introduced English-speaking audiences to modern French art and formalist aesthetic theory. A Roger Fry Reader, edited by Christopher Reed, brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of Fry’s essays. Most essays appear here for the first time since their original publication in scholarly journals and art magazines. At the same time, some have never been published before. Representing 40 years of engagement with the arts, the essays cover a broad spectrum of topics, from Fry’s influential promotion of Post-Impressionism to art education, museums, architecture, decorative art, and the implications of literature and dance for the visual arts.
Reed also provides valuable historical background and considers Fry’s legacy for the present. Thus, a Roger Fry Reader allows examining both the foundations of modern art criticism from the perspective of one of its foremost practitioners and current debates about the nature of art and aesthetic experience.