PMSA Publishing launched

Cover, Sculpting Art History

On 1 October, the PMSA launched its own label, PMSA Publishing, which will specialise in books on sculpture. Its first publication, Sculpting Art History: Essays in Memory of Benedict Read, edited by Katharine Eustace, Mark Stocker and Joanna Barnes, commemorates the celebrated art-historian, Benedict Read.

Benedict Read died suddenly on 20 October 2016. His influence on art-history in the field of sculpture, and his ground-breaking authoritative volume, Victorian Sculpture (1982) were hugely important. He was instrumental in bringing about a sea-change in academic attitudes towards both the nineteenth century and to sculpture. The memorial Festschrift published by the PMSA of which Ben was a founder, former Chairman and trustee celebrates his academic achievement, his considerable contribution to scholarship and the generosity of spirit with which he shared his knowledge. It is a powerful testament to the inspiration of a remarkable person.

Athenaeum launch of Sculpting Art History
The Editors with Sculpting Art History (photo: © Robert Lisney)

Sculpting Art History: Essays in Memory of Benedict Read contains 30 essays by friends, former students and colleagues – James Lomax, Marjorie Trusted, Julius Bryant, Rowan Bailey, Caroline Hedengren-Dillon, Jykri Suikonen, Joanna Barnes and Harriet Israel, Alison Inglis, Philip Ward-Jackson, Sandra Berresford, Ann Compton, Barbara Bryant, Claudine Mitchell, Alison Glew, Jane Winfrey, Andrew Jezzard, Juliette Peers, Mary Ann Steggles, Michael Paraskos, Sarah Crellin, Paula Murphy, Mark Stocker, Patrick Eyres, Katharine Eustace, Jonathan Black, Gerardine Mulcahy-Parker, Gillian Whiteley, Charles Avery and Jacqueline Banerjee together with 17 appreciations by Ben’s family, friends and colleagues.

Athenaeum launch of Sculpting Art History
The launch of Sculpting Art History at The Athenaeum, London
(photo: © Robert Lisney)

The publication was made possible by the generous donations of many subscribers and also grants from the Henry Moore Foundation, the Leeds Art Fund, The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Ben’s life was divided between Leeds and London – to mark this, launches of the memorial Festschrift were held at the Henry Moore Insitute in Leeds and at The Athenaeum in Pall Mall, London.

Sculpting Art History: Essays in Memory of Benedict Read
(eds) Katharine Eustace, Mark Stocker and Joanna Barnes
270 × 210 mm, 468pp including 250 illus. mostly in colour
1st October 2018, h/b, ISBN 978-1-912793-00-6

RRP £65 inc. p&p. PMSA Members’ special price £55 inc. p&p
To order – email the PMSA: [email protected]