Australian Art and Artists in London 1950-65: An Antipodean Summer

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages314
ISBN (Print)9781409420545
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameBritish art, global contexts
PublisherAshgate

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