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Modernism and Australia: Documents on art, design and architecture 1917-1967

Stephen, Ann , McNamara, Andrew E., & Goad, Philip (2006) Modernism and Australia: Documents on art, design and architecture 1917-1967. The Miegunyah Press/Melbourne University Publishing, Australia, Victoria, Melbourne.

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Abstract

This first anthology of writings about modernist art, design and architecture in Australia reveals the raw nerves that modernism exposed. In more than two hundred documents—talks, letters, debates, public manifestos and private diaries—the main players of the period convey in their own words the tensions, aspirations and paradoxes behind the reception of modernism. Each document is introduced by informed editorial comment. Overturning many key assumptions about Australian culture, this book reveals that Australia was not in a "time-lag," but had an up-to-date engagement with international trends and developments in modernism. The documents show a willing acceptance of modernism in the commercial realm (design, fashion, interior decoration), yet they also chronicle the dogged institutional resistance that greeted modernism, particularly in the fine arts.

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ID Code: 6716
Item Type: Book
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Keywords: Art history, modernism, architectural history, design history, Australian history
ISBN: 0522852890
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > ART THEORY AND CRITICISM (190100) > Art Theory and Criticism not elsewhere classified (190199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design History and Theory (120301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (The authors)
Copyright Statement: This book is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 and subsequent amendments, no part may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted by any means or porcess whatsoever without the prior permission of the publishers.
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:26

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