In his long career, English artist John Piper (1903-92) oscillated among painting, printmaking, set design, stained glass design, photography, and writing. Though his shifting focuses and somewhat mercurial styles have made him difficult to classify, for a number of years in the 1930s Piper was intensely focused on the modernist abstract style. He became a major proponent of the modernist movement, and his paintings and collages helped to focus attention on abstract art in a largely unreceptive England. Spalding (British art, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne) contributes an essay that traces Piper's influences and describes his fluctuating styles and interests during the important modernist decade of the 1930s. Short essays by Jenkins (senior curator, Tate) helpfully introduce each grouping of full-color plates. While this work has no comprehensive biography and an undersized bibliography, it is an able companion to Jenkins's John Piper: The Forties. Since no book is yet available that looks at Piper's whole career, these two books by Jenkins are the best available. Recommended for museum and academic library collections that cover 20th-century British art.-Kraig A. Binkowski, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.