Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture, 1901-1939

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2001 - Art - 292 pages
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Written by a poet whose contribution to contemporary Australian poetry is renowned: The Ash Range (1987) and Selected Poems (1996) are among his better known poetry volumes. A vividly written account of Australia's visual arts from Federation through to the end of the Depression, the period from which the modernist movement evolved. It draws together areas of Australian cultural history which have formerly been treated through separate disciplines eg. feminism and modernism.A fascinating re-evaluation of the influences of such artists as Grace Cossington Smith, Norman Lindsay, May Gibbs and Lloyd Rees. It brings together the events and ideas that influenced these artists and seeded the perceptions of nationalism and internationalism.
 

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Contents

A Floating World
1
The Barbary Coast
16
Economies of Scale
35
The road to Hyperborea
55
New and old dreams
71
Colour music and other displacements
100
The hallucinatory city
118
Rome or Naples?
127
A sort of mythical thing
158
the Wizards of Castlecrag
173
Interiors 1
195
Interiors 2 276
216
Notes
232
Bibliography
261
Index
281
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