Walter Sickert’s Miss Earhart’s Arrival: Collapsing Paint and Flight in a Topical Painting

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This article considers Walter Sickert’s Miss Earhart’s Arrival (1932) in relation to contemporary discourses on heavier-than-air flight. I look at the negotiation of the future in paint, and through discourse analysis of its reception I conclude that Arrival questions the capacities of new technologies. By examining a cross-medium practice concerned with transcribing found press images of historic events, I situate this work in my larger argument that Sickert’s late work offers us perspectives on painting’s mediation of changing interwar notions of historical time, Utopia/dystopia, and the capacity of paint to critically engage technologies of memory and transit, both materially and temporally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalVisual Culture in Britain
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2015

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