Andrew Sayers

Many good books are published about Australian art, but few change the way we see and understand it. When Andrew Sayers’ ​Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century appeared in August 1994, it immediately did that, as the critic Bruce James was quick to recognise

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 orthodo ...

Andrew Sayers has one large and important idea that distinguishes his account of Australian art from all others: the story must include equal attention to Aboriginal art and to the art of white European settlement. However commanding and commendatory the idea, it will not, I suspect, be a popular one.

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