Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons by Deborah Hart

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October 2011, no. 335

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons by Deborah Hart

National Gallery of Australia, $39.95 pb, 240 pp

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons by Deborah Hart

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October 2011, no. 335

The writers of two books about Fred Williams published in the 1980s, Patrick McCaughey and James Mollison, were friends of the artist, and involved with him in their roles as art critic/historian and gallery director. Their respect for Williams led them to write against the grain of their usual modes. Mollison, professionally always on the knife-edge of making judgement, held back, exploring with great precision within the factual boundaries of materials and processes, numbers, dates, and sequences. McCaughey, too, looked between art and artist rather than to mainstream contemporary art. In a new chapter written for the 2008 edition of his book, McCaughey endorsed the insights of younger writers, thereby providing a springboard for Deborah Hart.

Mary Eagle reviews 'Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons' by Deborah Hart

Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons

by Deborah Hart

National Gallery of Australia, $39.95 pb, 240 pp

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