Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas

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'Intellectually substantial and physically beautiful...what many books aspire to be -- an education, an eye-opener, and an invaluable introduction' - Art in Print Mingmarriya', 1997, by Queenie McKenzie


This ground-breaking book follows the rise of a distinctive school of Australian art that first emerged in the 1940s. It begins with the artists of the Angry Penguins movement, Arthur Boyd, Albert Tucker, Joy Hester and Sidney Nolan, whose work exhibited a new strain of surrealism and expressionism. The book continues with the rich variety of 1970s work by Jan Seberg, Robert Jacks and George Baldessin, moving through to contemporary artists such as Rover Thomas and Judy Watson. 

Covering 127 works by 61 artists, as well as concise artists biographies and individual commentaries on the works, this handsome book tells the story of 70 years of Australian art through its prints and drawings.

  • Author: Stephen Coppel
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Date published: May 2011
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0714126722
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.5 x 1.9 cm

'Intellectually substantial and physically beautiful...what many books aspire to be -- an education, an eye-opener, and an invaluable introduction' - Art in Print

'This highly diverse catalogue is a superbly researched authoritative account of a huge period of change in Australian art, a change demonstrated by the inclusion of many works by Aboriginal artists... Coppel has assembled an exhibition and catalogue in which an authoritative historical account is balanced with a rare sensibility towards the practices and processes of printmaking. A visual feast of graphic art, it provides rich insights into the complexities surrounding what it means to construct truly Australian art.' - Printmaking

'A handsome and expertly informative catalogue' -The Spectator

'The catalogue covers the period 1941 - 2008, and Coppel has succeeded in the difficult task of condensing 70 years of Australian art into a balanced survey as told through its prints and drawings... Presents a coherent and familiar story of Australian art, particularly that of Melbourne, that unfolds through intelligent sequencing and the in-depth attention to a number of Australia's major artists' - Print Quarterly

'an exquisite model of the form, both generous and carefully nuanced and brilliantly contextualizing biographies and for individual artists' - Australian Book Review