Outsider art

Building bridges in words and paint
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December 2021, no. 438
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Fairweather and China by Claire Roberts

Miegunyah Press, $59.99 hb, 320 pp

Outsider art

Building bridges in words and paint
by
December 2021, no. 438

Since the time of celebrated figure painter Gu Kaizhi (345–406 CE) of the Jin dynasty (266–420 CE), artists in China have been researchers of sorts. Over millennia, a scholarly ideal in painting would emerge. Late in their working lives, many artists sought an aesthetic that was uncontrived and conformed to the inner workings of nature. For Nanjing-based art historian Xue Xiang, this was Fairweather’s achievement. A Scottish-born artist, son of civil servants to the British Raj, war survivor, migrant, vagabond, builder of makeshift rafts and huts, well-connected recluse, acclaimed foster child of Australian art: what makes Ian Fairweather resonate with Chinese artists across millennia?

Gavin Leuzzi reviews 'Fairweather and China' by Claire Roberts

Fairweather and China

by Claire Roberts

Miegunyah Press, $59.99 hb, 320 pp

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