Janet McKenzie: Contemporary Australian Drawing #1

Justin Clemens


Contemporary Australian Drawing #1
by Janet McKenzie, with Irene Barberis and Christopher Heathcote
Palgrave Macmillan, $99.95 hb, 240 pp, 9781921394539


Just because something is being done right now doesn’t make it contemporary. On the contrary, the predicate ‘contemporary’ in contemporary art is the name for a problem, not a clarified or self-evident state of affairs. As Boris Groys puts it, ‘This is because the contemporary is actually constituted by doubt, hesitation, uncertainty, indecision – by the need for prolonged reflection, for a delay.’ Such experiences, however, are not especially high priorities in the world of corporate rationalisation.

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Justin Clemens

Justin Clemens

Justin Clemens teaches at the University of Melbourne. His most recent publications include Minimal Domination (Surpllus, 2011), a collection of art criticism, and me ‘n’ me trumpet (Vagabond, 2011), a poetry chapbook.

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