In the first decades of the 20th century, the art critic Roger Fry introduced English-speaking audiences to modern French art and formalist aesthetic theory. this text, edited by Christopher Reed, brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of Fry's essays. Most appear here for the first time since their original publication in scholarly journals and art magazines, while 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. "A Roger Fry Reader" affords an opportunity to examine both the foundations of modern art criticism from the point of view of one of its foremost practitioners and current debates about the nature ofart and aesthetic experience.
Acknowledgments Editor's Note Introduction 1: Before Formalism 2: Forming Formalism: The Post-Impressionist Exhibitions 3: Refining and Defining: The Post-Impressionist Era 4: Architecture and the Decorative Arts 5: Art and Its Institutions: Exhibition and Education 6: Literature and the Performing Arts 7: Revision and Design: The Later Essays Conclusion: Needed Words Illustration Summary Index