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Australian Art (Oxford History of Art) Paperback – July 19, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0192842145 ISBN-10: 0192842145

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842145
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


`a comprehensive and detailed survey of painting in Australia' Art Newspaper, 01/07/01

`clarity and passion' Galleries, 01/07/01

About the Author

Andrew Sayers is Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Previously he was Assistant Director (Collections) at the National Gallery of Australia. Between 1985 and 1996 he was Curator of Australian Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia. He was responsible for several retrospective exhibitions of the drawings of Australian artists. His definitive study Drawing in Australia was published in 1989, following the extensive survey exhibition mounted for the Bicentennial in 1988. He is the author of Sidney Nolan: The Ned Kelly Story (1994) and Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century (1994).

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ameer Hamza Adhia on February 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Let me admit this first: This is my first book on Australian art. And it is a wonderful addition to my personal library. I did not know anything about Australian art except that Aborigines created some extensive works of practical as well as illustrative art forms, which was unfortunately changed when white men wiped their entire populations and forced them into slavery. That changed lot of their art. So did commercial interests. But except this I was not aware of Australian art. But to a person like me this is a good general introduction to the art forms from 18th century onwards. Author's style is lucid and the book is divided into readable chapters with fine illustrations to go with the text. This is a paperback edition and as the introduction mentions, it is not a comprehensive work on Australian art. It is just an overview and must be taken as such.

I recommend this book to all those who wish to understand the dynamics and style of Australian art.
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