Kōrero: Arts reviewing

L. D. Austin hits modernism for six, 1960

L. D. Austin hits modernism for six, 1960

This Christmas card was designed by L. D. Austin, a controversial music critic and prolific writer of letters to the editor. It shows him at the age of 83, batting away the representatives of modernism in music, art and literature. Austin regarded modernist artists as destroying all that was good and beautiful, while he upheld Brahms and Chopin as the epitome of culture. 

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: Allan Thomas (ed), LDA: LD Austin's life in music. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2012, p.15
Cartoon by L. D. Austin

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Peter Clayworth, 'Arts reviewing - Struggle with modernity, 1900 to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/cartoon/45125/l-d-austin-hits-modernism-for-six-1960 (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014