Australian Art

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Art - 257 pages
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, and 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 art.
 

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Contents

Art and the Dreaming
9
The Lines of Empire 17881835
23
The Pursuit of Knowledge 183570 43
70
Colonial Artworlds 185188 59
79
Art and Decorative Art 18901920
99
Art between the Wars 191939
121
Aboriginal Art and its Reception 193449
141
the Australian Avantgarde 193950
155
Contemporary Art 196899
197
Notes
222
Timeline
230
Further Reading
238
Websites
241
List of Illustrations
242
Index
249
Copyright

Icon and Abstraction 195168
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About the author (2001)


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).

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