Australian Art

Australian Art

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This comprehensive survey uniquely covers both Aboriginal art and that of European Australians, providing a revealing examination of the interaction between the two. Painting, bark art, photography, rock art, sculpture, and the decorative arts are all fully explored to present the rich texture of Australian art traditions. Well-known artists such as Margaret Preston, Rover Thomas to Sidney Nolan, are all discussed, as are the natural history illustrators, Aboriginal draughtsmen, and pastellists, whose work is only now being brought to light by new research. Taking the European colonization of the continent in 1788 as his starting point, Sayers highlights important issues concerning colonial art and women artists in this fascinating new story of Australian more

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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 167.64 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous colour and halftone illustrations
  • 0192842145
  • 9780192842145
  • 1,713,901

About Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers is Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Previously he was Assistant Director (Collections) at the National Gallery of Australia. Between 1985 and 1996 he was Curator of Australian Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia. He was responsible for several retrospective exhibitions of the drawings of Australian artists. His definitive study Drawing in Australia was published in 1989, following the extensive survey exhibition mounted for the Bicentennial in 1988. He is the author of Sidney Nolan: The Ned Kelly Story (1994) and Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century (1994).show more

Table of contents

1. Art and the Dreaming; 2. The lines of empire 1788-1835; 3. The pursuit of knowledge 1835-1870; 4. Colonial art worlds 1851-1888; 5. What should Australian artists paint? 1885-1900; 6. Beautifying the objects of our daily life; art and decorative art 1890-1920; 7. Order and transcendence; art between the wars 1919-1939; 8. Aboriginal art and its reception 1934-1949; 9. Art, myth, and society; the Australian avant garde 1939-1950; 10. Icon and abstraction 1951-1968; 11. Saying and seeing; contemporary art 1968-1999; Notes; Timeline; Bibliographic Essay; Museums and Websites; List of Illustrations; Indexshow more

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