Ian Burn

Ian Burn

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In this, the first biography on Ian Burn, art historian Ann Stephen traces his extraordinary body of work from the intimate viewpoint of friend and occasional collaborator. Her account is no conventional monograph, as Stephen approaches and presents Burn's work through a series of imaginary and real "dialogs" with other artists, inspired by his own collaborations and anecdotes. Through these encounters, she reveals Burn's concerns with marginal art and the relations between amateur and professional, the politics of place and distance, deskilling, and the concept of originality. With more than 160 images, "On Looking at Looking: The art and politics of Ian Burn" explores his unique contribution to Australian art as an artist, writer, and curator. Stephen convincingly shows how Burn's work is alive to the most pressing questions facing art and culture today.show more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 208.3 x 259.1 x 22.9mm | 1,043.26g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 200 colour plates
  • 0522851673
  • 9780522851670
  • 1,197,544

About Ann Stephen

Ann Stephen is an art historian and curator of social history at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. She collaborated with Ian Burn in writing The Necessity of Australian Art: An Essay About Interpretation and edited and curated Artists Think: The Late Works of Ian Burn. She has also edited or coedited numerous other books, including The Lions of Retreat Street: A Chinese Temple in Inner-Sydney and Pirating the Pacific: Images of Travel, Trade & Tourism.show more