Modernism and Australia

Goad Stephen McNamara
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Modernism and Australia

Published

1 February 2007

ISBN

9780522852899

Weight

1642g

Size

234mm x 159mm

Imprint

Miegunyah Press

Modernism and Australia

Goad Stephen McNamara
This first anthology of modernist art, design and architecture in Australia reveals the raw nerves that modernism exposed.
This first anthology of modernist art, design and architecture in Australia reveals the raw nerves that modernism exposed and highlights the role of migrants, expatriates, travel and mass reproduction in the reception of modernism in Australia.

In more than two hundred documents—talks, letters, fiery debates, public manifestoes and private diaries—the main players of the time (1917-67) convey in their own words the tensions, aspirations and paradoxes behind the reception of modernism. Each document is put in context and accompanied by expert commentaries from the editors.

The collection overturns many key assumptions about Australian culture, revealing not a 'time-lag' in reception, but an up-to-date engagement with the latest overseas trends and developments. It shows a surprising acceptance of modernism in the commercial realms (design, fashion, interior decoration), yet chronicles the dogged institutional resistance that greeted modernism, particularly in the fine arts.
This first anthology of modernist art, design and architecture in Australia reveals the raw nerves that modernism exposed and highlights the role of migrants, expatriates, travel and mass reproduction in the reception of modernism in Australia.

In more than two hundred documents—talks, letters, fiery debates, public manifestoes and private diaries—the main players of the time (1917-67) convey in their own words the tensions, aspirations and paradoxes behind the reception of modernism. Each document is put in context and accompanied by expert commentaries from the editors.

The collection overturns many key assumptions about Australian culture, revealing not a 'time-lag' in reception, but an up-to-date engagement with the latest overseas trends and developments. It shows a surprising acceptance of modernism in the commercial realms (design, fashion, interior decoration), yet chronicles the dogged institutional resistance that greeted modernism, particularly in the fine arts.

Goad Stephen McNamara

Goad Stephen McNamara

Between 2003 and 2006 the editors, working on an Australia Research Council grant, produced and co-edited Modernism and Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (Miegunyah Press, Carlton, Vic., 2006; 2nd edn, 2007), which was awarded Best Art History Book, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2008.

Dr Ann Stephen is an art historian and curator at the Powerhouse Museum. She is the author of On Looking at Looking: The Art and Politics…

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