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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Art and the Dreaming
The Lines of Empire 17881835
The Pursuit of Knowledge 183570 43
Colonial Artworlds 185188 59
Art and Decorative Art 18901920
Art between the Wars 191939
Aboriginal Art and its Reception 193449
Icon and Abstraction 195168
Contemporary Art 196899
List of Illustrations
the Australian Avantgarde 193950