A short history of unAustralian art

Butler, Rex and Donaldson, A. D. S. (2007). A short history of unAustralian art. In Ian North (Ed.), Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics (pp. 107-122) Parkside, SA, Australia: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.

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Author Butler, Rex
Donaldson, A. D. S.
Title of chapter A short history of unAustralian art
Title of book Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics
Place of Publication Parkside, SA, Australia
Publisher Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781875751313; 9781875751310; 1875751319
Editor Ian North
Chapter number 10
Start page 107
End page 122
Total pages 16
Total chapters 16
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subjects B1
410102 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
750202 The creative arts
Formatted Abstract/Summary
What's in a name? In the pages that follow we will be pointing towards a whole other history of Australian art, a long list of artists, critics, exhibitions and events that have not until now been seen to form part of the art history of this country. And because it has not been seen to form part of this history, much of what we discuss is not really known or has been allowed to slip into forgetfulness. But this is perhaps to go too far, or this is not the whole story. If in one way we uncover a tradition that has not been previously recognised, in another we are merely giving a name to what has already been spoken of and acknowledged. However, this name allows us to join what was previously seen as unconnected and in that allows us to see more. It provides it with a narrative and meaning-for facts never speak for themselves - and in a paradoxical fashion makes it part of that Australian art history it might otherwise contest. This is the complication of what we pursue here. It remains of interest only insofar as it is 'Australian--belongs to the art of this country; and yet it also challenges the idea of what it is to be Australian; what has been considered to be 'Australian throughout the history of Australian art.
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