Herbert Read was a Brisitsh art historian, poet, literary critic and philosopher, best known for numerous books on art, which included influential volumes on the role of art in education. Read was co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. As well as being a prominent English anarchist, he was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism.

In his philosophical outlook, Read was close to the European idealist traditions represented by Friedrich Schelling, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, and … More

From poverty & a Yorkshire orphange, Read became the most significant cultural critic to come out of England in the 20th century. A man who went from being awarded a DSO after the second battle of the Somme, to starting the Institute of Contemporary Arts. For five decades Read argued that humanity had to face up to a new age of uncertainty. The historic certainties of culture, politics, morality and religion were, in Read’s view, no longer tenable.

For Read, in our age of change, the arts are a tool for adjusting and surviving: Art is a biological … More