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A magazine devoted to contemporary art, published in London 1935–7, edited by the writer Myfanwy Evans assisted by her husband John Piper. In the first issue (January 1935) Axis was described as ‘a quarterly review of contemporary abstract painting and sculpture’, but the quarterly intervals became almost half-yearly; the last issue (the 8th) appeared in winter 1937. Evans was encouraged by the French abstract painter Jean Hélion and it was originally intended that Axis should parallel the concerns of the Paris-based Abstraction-Création group. In later issues, however, the commitment to abstraction was abandoned in favour of a Neo-Romantic nostalgia for the English landscape tradition. The impressive list of contributors included Paul Nash and Herbert Read. Although short-lived, the magazine was influential in introducing knowledge of contemporary European trends to Britain.

Subjects: Art.

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