Start 2017 with our round-up of modernist news. And, as always, if you’ve something to share, email us at

The Clown Prince of Modernism

Settle into this review of a biography of Jean Cocteau, recommended by the Wall Street Journal.

Jens Risom

Celebrate the life of Jens Risom, the modernist interior designer, who designed some of the earliest mass-produced modernist furniture items.

Degas to Picasso

Take a trip to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and see the new spring exhibition, ‘Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France‘.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Centenarian

The Guardian was among publications to mark the centenary of Joyce’s Portrait. Read Colm Tóibín on the novel here.

Bureaucratic modernism

H. G. Wells is now, as of January 1st 2017, out of copyright. Read up on modernism and copyright in this book, and watch out for more authors’ work entering the public domain over the coming years.