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Susan Steggall

It’s absurd to pretend that we are or ever have been no more than exiled Europeans … forever condemned to inhabit some irrelevant, Antipodean limbo.’ This statement encapsulates Joan Kerr’s determination to rewrite established codes of Australian art history and to expand the lexicon of its cultural heritage ...

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Although it is regrettable that A Singular Voice: Essays on Australian art and architecture by Joan Kerr, first proposed in 2003, when Kerr was still alive, has taken so long to appear, it has been worth the wait. The handsomely produced book displays Kerr’s writings to advantage, and the sparing but judicious use of images enhances and reinforces the egalitarian kind of art history that Kerr espoused.

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