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A new orthodoxy for Australian art

Reviewed by
February 2012, no. 338

A new orthodoxy for Australian art

Reviewed by
February 2012, no. 338

Crossing cultures

Andrew Sayers

 

The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art
edited by Jaynie Anderson
Cambridge University Press, $120 pb, 390 pp, 9781107601581

 

Bernard Smith, who died in September 2011, was responsible for creating the first orthodoxy in Australian art history. His version of the story of Australian art has been persuasive and enduring. It held sway for half a century; in many ways we are still living with it. Smith’s classic account of the development of Australian art was Australian Painting, first published in 1962 and reprinted with updates in 1971, 1991, and 2001.

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