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Modernism and Australia

By: Ann Stephen, Andrew McNamara, Philip Goad

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.

ISBN: 9780522852899
ISBN-10: 0522852890
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1068
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PUB
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.9  x 5.8
Weight (kg): 1.59
Edition Number: 1

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