Degenerates And Perverts

Degenerates And Perverts

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The 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art was the most momentous art exhibition ever held in Australia. The public greeted the opportunity to view over 200 major works by modern masters, including Cezanne, Dali, Picasso and Modigliani, with enthusiasm. But it divided Australia's art establishment. J. S. MacDonald, director of the National Gallery of Victoria, along with many others, described the art as 'the work of degenerates and perverts'. Degenerates and Perverts, the first definitive account of the exhibition and the events surrounding it, describes how modern art and the public taste for it developed in Australia. Richly illustrated and meticulously researched, it dispels the myths associated with the exhibition and explores the evolution of modernism in Australian art.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 234 x 270 x 30mm | 1,619.34g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • illus
  • 0522851045
  • 9780522851045
  • 1,026,625

About Eileen Chanin

Eileen Chanin is the author of C"ontemporary Australian Painting" and "Collecting Art: Masterpieces, Markets and Money." She is the director of Macquarie Galleries, which was established by the curator of the 1939 Herald exhibition.show more