The Art of the Sublime

‘Wrong from the Start: Modernism and the Sublime’, 30 November 2009, Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain

Beginning with Ezra Pound's rejection of ‘“the sublime” / In the old sense. Wrong from the start’ (‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’, 1920), this one-day interdisciplinary symposium invited participants to consider modernism’s vexed relationship with the concept of the sublime.
The symposium considered what modernism puts forward in place of the sublime, and whether this is solely a narrative of rejection, or if there is any sense of a dialogue with Romantic notions of the vast, the great and the terrifying.

How to cite

‘‘Wrong from the Start: Modernism and the Sublime’, 30 November 2009, Clore Auditorium, Tate Britain’, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, January 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/the-sublime/wrong-from-the-start-modernism-and-the-sublime-30-november-2009-clore-auditorium-tate-r1141374, accessed 27 December 2014.