Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of Glasgow's (Scotland's, the world's!) instantly recognizable creative geniuses. Here are some titles that our curator for European Decorative Art and Design from 1800 has written or contributed to.
Alison Brown£29.99 £27.89
In the final decades of the 19th century, the Glasgow Style introduced Art Nouveau in Britain and helped transform an industrial city into Scotland's premier cultural capital. The predominant force behind the Glasgow Style was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an architect and designer who personified the movement's intellectual freedom, sensuality, and spirit of collaboration. This lively and informative book showcases the work of Mackintosh and contextualizes it in relation to a larger circle of designers and craftspeople with whom he shared sources, stylistic features, and patrons. Filled with colour illustrations, archival materials, and essays, this volume explores every aspect of the Glasgow Style - from beautifully appointed homes and restaurants to everyday works of needlepoint, cups and saucers, stained glass windows, magazine illustrations, and textiles. It traces the birth of the Glasgow Style to The Glasgow School of Art, where Mackintosh met fellow students, including his future wife, who would form an influential circle nicknamed the 'Immortals'. And it reveals how the rise of the Glasgow Style went hand-in-hand with the founding of the city's Technical Arts School, where students trained in both industrial and artistic crafts, which helped establish a talented and creative workforce. Far-reaching and influential, the Glasgow Style improved nearly every facet of daily life. ALISON BROWN is curator for European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums. She is responsible for decorative arts and design from 1800 including furniture and interiors, ceramics, glass, stained glass and design education, with particular focus on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Style and decorative art and design c.1860-1920. Alison is a graduate of Norwich School of Art and the Universities of Edinburgh (History of Art) and Manchester (Postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies). She has worked for Glasgow Museums since 1993; firstly on the major 1996 McLellan Galleries exhibition Charles Rennie Mackintosh and its subsequent three-venue tour of the United States and from 1996-9 as Resource Co-ordinator. Other major projects undertaken include: project manager and curator for access development, building restoration and displays at Scotland Street School Museum 1999-2002 and curator of the Ingram Street Tea Rooms research project. She is the curator of the exhibition 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style' which began in the UK and is currently touring the US.