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The Art of Australia

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A comprehensive account of Australian art between the founding of the colony in 1788 & 1966. It traces the twin threads of the desire for independence in Australian vision & the obsessive influence of European & American models. 134 black & white reproductions, 8 color plates.
List of illustrations
Preface to the second edition
Paperback, 331 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1966)
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Alejandro Teruel
A fascinating, outspoken and, for its time, polemical view of Australian painting from 1778 to 1964 with, as the author puts it in the preface to his second edition, "[a] few excursions up to 1966 [that] dealt principally with Australian artists living in London whose work I could see."

The book was written before aboriginal art began to be appreciated by australian and international art circles in the 1970s and thus, sadly, omits any mention to aboriginal rock paintings, arts or crafts, in fact
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Robert Studley Forrest Hughes, AO was an Australian art critic, writer and television documentary maker who has resided in New York since 1970. He was educated at St Ignatius' College, Riverview before going on to study arts and then architecture at the University of Sydney. At university, Hughes associated with the Sydney "Push" – a group of artists, writers, intellectuals and drinkers. Among the ...more
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