russian ballet riot


paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, newspaper work
paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, newspaper work



paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, newspaper work
paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, newspaper work

paula roush: Russian Ballet Riot, 2012
newspaper work, 64 pages, 29 ×38 cm, msdm publications
Commissioned by the Borough Road Gallery, London.

Newspaper work developed in response to the exhibition London’s Post War Art Scene: David Bomberg & The Borough Group.
Researching the teaching and learning environment in the Borough Polytechnic “which was to become the centre of the most vanguard and adventurous art education in post-war Britain,” [1] the work is inspired by the traces of the former art studios in Borough road and the University archives.
Bomberg’s revolutionary teaching methods, informed by a search for the “spirit in the mass,” [2] that was keenly adapted by the Borough Group (1946-1951) as their modus operandis, precedes current practice-based approaches to art as research and comes alive in the new self-published work.
Bomberg’s early enthusiasm for self-publishing and his involvement with the performative aspects of modern culture was evident in his pamphlet-book Russian Ballet (1919) whose reinterpretation is part of the work.
Bringing side by side the Borough group’s artwork and the newly commissioned publication completes the circle that started with the radical educational approaches to modern art in post-war Borough Polytechnic and continue with contemporary discursive approaches to art in the University’s photographic arts teaching.

[1] Dominika Buchowska, 2011, Teaching Art In Post-War Britain: The Case Of The Borough Group 1945-1953, Polish-AngloSaxon Studies volume 14-15, pp. 107-129; [2] C. Holden, History of the Borough Group, date of access: 6 Nov 2012, www.cliffholden.co.uk