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Modern Painters 1931-1970
by James Gleeson


First edition, published in 1971 by Lansdowne Australian Art Library, Melbourne, as part of the Australian Painting Studio Series under the editorship of John Henshaw.
Illustrated throughout with colour reproductions of the works of modern Australian painters selected by Australian artist James Gleeson, from post-impressionism, abstraction and op-art to the hard-edge minimal and colour-field painting, inc. Ian Fairweather, Sydney Ball, Fred Williams, John Perceval, Albert Tucker, Sydney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, John Passmore, Alun Leach-Jones, John Olsen, Brett Whitely,  Rodney Milgate, Colin Lanceley, Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotowski, Col Jordan, Dick Watkins, Michael Johnson, Tony McGillick, Henry Salkauskas, Eva Kubbos, Judy Cassab, Roger Kemp, Margo Lewers, Ralph Balson, Jeffrey Smart, Donald Friend, Ray Crooke, Michael Kmit, Jon Molvig, Sali Herman, Charles Blackman, Robert Dickerson, Eric Wilson,Godrey Miller, Russell Drysdale, William Dobell, William Dobell, Grace Crossington Smith, Grace Crowley, Rah Fizelle, Roy de Maistre, Margaret Preston, Roland Wakelin, and more.
Introduction by author, lengthy biographies on each artist featured throughout the book, works in public collections, acknowledgements, and select bibliography.

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The Field

Rare and very collectable first edition of this iconic catalogue produced in 1968 to accompany “The Field”, regarded as a landmark exhibition in Australian art history – a radical showcase of 74 abstract and conceptual, colour field, geometric and hard edge artworks. Influenced by the American origins of abstract art, the exhibition opened to much controversy at the NGV in 1968 with its silver foil-covered walls and geometric light fittings, boldly launching the careers of a generation of young Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson and Robert Jacks. It was the first the NGV staged in its new Swanston Street galleries.
Handsomely designed with its wrapped, french-flap, die-cut cover, the book includes profiles on each exhibiting artist in the exhibition, including colour and black and white reproductions of all 72 of the works exhibited.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary the NGV will restage the exhibition as The Field Revisited, opening in May 2018 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

Texts by Elwyn Lynn, Patrick McCaughey, Royston Harpur, and an introduction by Brian Finemore (Curator) and John Stringer (Exhibitions Manager).

Artists included: Sydney Ball, Peter Booth, Janet Dawson, Robert Jacks, James Doolin, David Aspden, Tony Bishop, Ian Burn, Gunter Christmann, Tony Coleing, Noel Dunn, Garry Foulkes, Dale Hickey, Michael Johnson, Col Jordan, Michael Kitching, Alun Leach-Jones, Nigel Lendon, Tony McGillick, Clement Meadmore, Michael Nicholson, Harald Noritis, Alan Oldfield, Wendy Paramor, Paul Partos, John Peart, Emanuel Raft, Melvyn Ramsden, R.C. Robertson-Swann, Robert Rooney, Rollin Schlicht, Udo Sellbach, Eric Shirley, Joseph Szabo, Vernon Treweeke, Trevor Vickers, Dick Watkins, John White, Normana Wight.

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Recent Australian Painting
A Survey 1970-1983


Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition “Recent Australian Painting – A Survey 1970-1983” curated by Ron Radford in 1983, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
“The exhibition RECENT AUSTRALIAN PAINTING: A Survey 1970-1983 is the first survey exhibition ever staged covering the whole period. It documents the major artists of the period and the overlapping movements or styles which can generally be labelled as Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Neo Realism, Political Art, Ocker Funk, Popism and New Image Painting.”

Features the work of Arthur Boyd, Mike Brown, Robert Hunter, Jenny Watson, Paddy Carrol Tjungurrayi, Dini Nolan Tjampitjinpa, Robert Rooney, Juan Davila, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Robert Macpherson, John Nixon, Dale Frank, Fred Williams, Annette Bezor, Brett Whiteley, Dick Watkins, John Brack, Gunter Christmann, Gareth Sansom, Uta Uta Tjangala, and many others through full colour and black and white reproductions of works, plus biographies and texts. 

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Apocalypse + Utopia
curated by John Nixon

WE ARE AT AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS. THE GALLERY HAS BECOME THE CAVE. IT IS A TIME OF THE APOCALYPSE + UTOPIA. THE ARTISTS HAVE ‘HEWN THEIR PAINTINGS INTO THE WHITENESS OF THE WALLS’. IT IS ONCE AGAIN A PRIMITIVE SOCIETY. THE PICTURES TELL THEIR OWN STORIES.
– JOHN NIXON

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Apocalypse + Utopia” at University Art Gallery, Melbourne, Feb 23 – April 8, 1984, curated by artist John Nixon and featuring the work of Gunter Christmann, Geoff Lowe, Dick Watkins and Jenny Watson.

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