Antipodean Perspective: Selected Writings of Bernard Smith


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ISBN 9781925495669

Butler, Rex






Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 15.3 × 23.4 cm


Smith (1916-2011) was unquestionably one of Australia’s greatest humanist
scholars and its finest art historian. His European
Vision and the South Pacific, 1768-1850
(1960) was a foundational
text of post-colonialism, and in Australian
(1962) he set out the definitive history of Australian art
to that time. Antipodean Perspective: The
Selected Writings of Bernard Smith
presents twenty-six art
historians, curators, artists and critics, from Australia and overseas, who
have chosen a text from Smith’s work and sought to explain its personal and
broad significance. Their selections reveal Smith’s extraordinary range as a
scholar, his profound grasp of this nation’s past, and the way his ideas have
maintained their relevance as we face our future.

About the author
Rex Butler is an art historian who writes on Australian art and teaches in the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture at Monash University. Sheridan Palmer is an art historian and curator who has written a biography of Bernard Smith, Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith (2016).

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