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Australian Art and Artists in London 1950-1965 an Antipodean Summer

Pierse, Simon

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ISBN 10: 140942054X / ISBN 13: 9781409420545
Published by Ashgate, 2012
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Title: Australian Art and Artists in London 1950-...

Publisher: Ashgate

Publication Date: 2012

Book Condition:Very Good

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Subtle and wide-ranging in its account, this study explores the impact of Australian art in Britain in the two decades following the end of World War II and preceding the 'Swinging Sixties'. In a transitional period of decolonization in Britain, Australian painting was briefly seized upon as a dynamic and reinvigorating force in contemporary art, and a group of Australian artists settled in London where they held centre stage with group and solo exhibitions in the capital's most prestigious galleries. The book traces the key influences of Sir Kenneth Clark, Bernard Smith and Bryan Robertson in their various (and varying) roles as patrons, ideologues, and entrepreneurs for Australian art, as well as the self-definition and interaction of the artists themselves. Simon Pierse interweaves multiple issues of the period into a cohesive historical narrative, including the mechanics of the British art world, the limited and frustrating cultural scene of 1950s Australia, and the conservative influence of Australian government bodies. Publishing for the first time archival material, letters, and photographs previously unavailable to scholars either in Britain or Australia, this book demonstrates how the work of expatriate Australian artists living in London constructed a distinct vision of Australian identity for a foreign market.

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Simon Pierse was born in London. He is Lecturer in Art at Aberystwyth University where his research focuses on British perceptions of Australian art and identity.

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