From rock art to Australian modernism, from bark paintings to the Heidelberg School, The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art provides a wide-ranging overview of the movements, themes and media found in Australian art. This Companion features essays that explore the influence of different cultures on Australian art, written by some of the leading scholars and professionals working in the field. Generously illustrated with over 200 colour images, from more than 40 collections and sites throughout Australia, this Companion provides a comprehensive exploration of the artistic identity of past and present Australia.
Table of Contents
Editor's preface; 1. Introduction Jaynie Anderson; 2. Special places and images on rock: 50,000 years of indigenous engagement with Australian landscapes Paul Tacon; 3. Encountering an Aboriginal aesthetic from the eighteenth to the twentieth century Philip Jones; 4. Home: expressions of social identity from the 1820s to 1860s Mary Eagle; 5. Cultural acclimatization: Australian colonial art within the British Empire Alison Inglis; 6. National life and landscape: the Heidelberg School as mythmaker 1880–1905 Ann Galbally; 7. Australian artists within a wider world 1900–1920 Anne Gray; 8. Print – matters Roger Butler; 9. Foreign natives: Australian modernism 1915–1955 Anthony White; 10. Art in central Australia: refigured ground John Carty and Alison French; 11. Transformations of bark painting from the nineteenth century until today Luke Taylor; 12. Coming to terms with Aboriginal art in the 1960s Howard Morphy; 13. When and what was the 1960s? Andrew McNamara and Ann Stephen; 14. The gift that time gave: myth and history in the Western Desert painting movement Ian McLean; 15. Photography and Australia Isobel Crombie; 16. Picturing self-determination: the use of photography by Australian indigenous artists Jonathan Jones; 17. 'Asian art' and Australia John Clark; 18. Post-provincial, still peripheral: Australian art on the global stage, 1980–2009 Anthony Gardner; 19. Transnational virtuality: new media art, contemporary concerns Terence Smith; 20. The cross-cultural art museum in Australia Gerard Vaughan; 21. Buying and selling Australian art: a brief historical survey Jane Clark and Wally Caruana.