Terence Maloon (ed.): Paths to Abstraction

The sources of modernist art in Australia

Daniel Thomas


Paths to Abstraction 1867–1917
edited by Terence Maloon
Art Gallery of New South Wales, $60pb, 296 pp,9781741740561


The Mondrians in Paths to Abstraction 1867–1917, Terence Maloon’s beautiful, refined exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from June to September this year, and the Gauguins in Ron Radford’s more spectacular Masterpieces from Paris that closed at the National Gallery in April, were drawcards. We last saw a group of Mondrians in 1961; Gauguin had never been properly seen in Australia. The exhibitions and the related books together amounted to a superb and very up-to-date two-part lesson in the history of modernism.

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Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas, now based in Tasmania, was from 1958 to 1990 an art-museum curator and director in Sydney, Canberra, and Adelaide.

Published in November 2010 no. 326

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