Dr Virginia Button
- Biographical overview
- An accessible and affordable, concise introduction to the artist’s life and work
The book offers both the non-specialist and specialist reader an accessible and affordable, concise introduction to the artist’s life and work, written by an established expert on British modern art. Alongside a biographical overview, shorter chapters explore key aspects of her work in more depth. Currently no such book on the artist exists.
Barns-Graham’s contribution to the story of ‘St Ives’ modernism has been relatively overlooked. The book provides an opportunity to assess her work as a woman artist in an overtly masculine, post-war art world milieu, and tells how, following early promise and success, she overcame personal and professional challenges in mid-career to achieve recognition at the end of her life.
About the author
Dr Virginia Button is a writer, curator and academic consultant based in Cornwall. She has written extensively on modern and contemporary British art and is the author of The Turner Prize (1997, 5th revised edition 2007), Christopher Wood (2003), Ben Nicholson (2007), social systems, exh. cat., ProjectBase, Cornwall (2007), St Ives Artists: A Companion (2009) and Lucian Freud (2015).