Art and Work in the Reign of Quantity
By Brian Keeble
Edited and introduced by Andrew Frisardi
About the Book
For more than thirty years, Brian Keeble’s writings have made a most rare and valuable contribution to elucidating the applications of the philosophia perennis to our understanding of art and work — to the activities, in short, that sustain everyday life and economy. Daily Bread: Art and Work in the Reign of Quantity is a selection of pieces from Keeble’s prose publications, intended to bring this important oeuvre to new readers and to consolidate it in a single volume for those already familiar with Keeble’s work. Inclusive of several previously uncollected essays by the author, the volume is divided into two parts: the first introduces Keeble’s principal ideas about art and work, tradition, and the crisis of the modern world; the second discusses these ideas in relation to the work of specific modern artists and poets—Eric Gill, Edward Johnston, David Jones, Cecil Collins, Michael Cardew, Samuel Palmer, Vernon Watkins, David Gascoyne, and Kathleen Raine. These essays reach far deeper and have a much wider scope than most contemporary cultural critique. They offer to the engaged reader ways to confront the contemporary malaise that are viable precisely because the author’s approach is based on universal and timeless metaphysical principles.
About the Author
View full details