Modernism & Australia

Modernism & Australia

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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.Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 Ann Stephen Andrew McNamara, Philip Goad ... Exclusive Hand Printsa#39;, cl965 Having trained at the National Gallery School, the George Bell School and the Melbourne Technical College (later known as RMIT), Frances ... She was a leading advocate of interior design, a founding member of the Society of Designers for Industry in 1947 (now theanbsp;...

Title:Modernism & Australia
Author:Ann Stephen
Publisher:Melbourne University Press - 2006


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