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Contemporary Australian Drawing Vol. 1


Contemporary Australian Drawing Vol. 1
Authored by Dr Janet McKenzie, Essay by Christopher Heathcote and Coda by Dr Irene Barberis

A Metasenta® commission, Palgrave Macmillan publication, featuring the work of 78 Australian artists.

In 2006-2007 Irene Barberis travelled to the United Kingdom to engage in research and collaborative projects with British universities and discovered an expanded interest in drawing and its global spectrum of contemporary practice. In the UK, it was undergoing a renaissance with a focus on its international characteristics. There was a buzz in the air and dialogue occurring throughout the galleries and art schools. After meetings with Anita Taylor and Stephen Farthing of the University of Arts London, and at the Drawing Room, London, Barberis was challenged regarding the amount of attention given to drawing in Australia and resolved to find a way of generating national and international interest in contemporary Australian drawing.

In Scotland, she was fortunate to meet Janet McKenzie, author of an earlier book on drawing in Australia (Macmillan, 1986), travelling from her home in Scotland to Australia to research the recent work of the 77 artists she selected for inclusion. In a concluding essay, artist and art historian Christopher Heathcote provides a passionate account of drawing as he has seen it practised and taught in Melbourne since his own student days. Jenny Zimmer, of Macmillan Art Publishing, with her commitment to Australian art, was welcomed as the designer and editor of the publication that captures the escalating worldwide interest in, and revision of, the art of drawing.

Additional Information:
ISBN: 978-1-921394-53-9
Published: 2012, Palgrave Macmillan
Authors: Janet McKenzie; Christopher Heathcote
Designed and edited by Jenny Zimmer

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