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Art of Australia by Robert Huges

Art of Australia (edition 1998)

by Robert Huges

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Title:Art of Australia
Authors:Robert Huges
Info:Penguin Group (Australia) (1998), Edition: Rev Ed, Paperback
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Tags:lower shelf, art, Australia, history, 2014-14

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I was aware of Robert Hughes' critical tendencies since I read American Visions, a later work. 'Art of Australia' was written when he was younger and a bit more devil-may-care. He merrily claims that the first hundred years of the European Australian colony produced no good artists at all. An artist who is a poor draughtsman, or who has not studied the Old Masters in Europe, or whose style calcifies over time is given short shrift by Hughes. Still, he finds some Australian artists worthy of respect, at least at some stages of their careers. He tries to find a thread of essentially 'Australian' work, but concludes that such is elusive and maybe non-existent as Australia joins a more international style. Early in the book he attempts to connect the visual arts with social history and other art forms such as poetry, but this effort drops off near the end as he gets bogged down with 'modern' abstract artists in Australia. The book suffers from a 'fat telescope' syndrome, where recent art history (the book was written in the late 1960s) is give much more space than earlier work. Still it gives a reasonable view of significant art and artists of Australia. ( )
  questbird | Nov 11, 2012 |
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