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The story of the sixties...a pile-up on the freeway of advanced art

McNamara, Andrew E. & Stephen, Ann (2011) The story of the sixties...a pile-up on the freeway of advanced art. In Anderson, Jaynie (Ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art. Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 168-179.

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Abstract

When does 1960s art begin and end? Certainly, aside from a few affinities, the decade’s artistic output does not exactly correspond to its popular conception as the ‘Swinging Sixties’. While it was rare that psychedelic art was truly challenging, the decade saw a number of perceptions change regarding the aims, boundaries and possibilities of experiencing art. Thus, this era has come to represent a watershed or crisis in modernist art. While in the Australian context many of these nascent trends were properly realised in the 1970s – with the full force and impact of post-object art – other challenges were first articulated in the 1950s. So, like any other demarcation of a decade, its limits and boundaries are porous.

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ID Code: 49866
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Art history, Visual Arts, Australian studies
ISBN: 9780521197007
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2012 09:01
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 00:44

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