Sheridan Palmer reviews 'Artists in Conversation' by Janet Hawley

Sheridan Palmer reviews 'Artists in Conversation' by Janet Hawley

Artists in Conversation

by Janet Hawley

Slattery Media Group, $39.95 hb, 415 pp, 9781921778735

A conversation is an interactive exchange usually of a spontaneous nature. Janet Hawley’s essays are a mix of journalistic intention, conversational ruminations, observations, enquiries, and a gentle goading of her subjects about the ‘twin crucibles’ of creativity – the personality of the artist and what occurs in his or her sanctum, the studio. Assuming the role of confessional nursemaid and curious witness, Hawley profiles more than thirty successful artists, grand old men and women of the art world, explorers of real and psychological terrains, and deceased enfants terribles. These ‘conversations’ make unexpectedly compelling reading.

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Published in March 2013 no. 349
Sheridan Palmer

Sheridan Palmer

Sheridan Palmer is an art historian, curator, and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her interests are in Australian and European art from the twentieth century to the present, with an emphasis on postwar modernism, artists and art historians. She has published Centre of the Periphery: Three European art historians in Melbourne (ASP, 2008), Hegel’s Owl: The life of Bernard Smith (Power Publications 2016), and co-edited with Rex Butler Antipodean Perspectives: Selected writings of Bernard Smith (Monash University Press).

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