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HURST, Cameron and Jeremy GEORGE (editors)

Venus in Tullamarine : art, sex, politics and Norman Lindsay

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/ with contributions from Ian McLean, Adrain Martin, Cameron Hurst, Jeremy George, James Nguyen, Soo-Min Shim. [Cover title]. Small octavo (175 x 105 mm), illustrated wrappers, pp. 152; an as-new copy.

‘Norman Lindsay (1879–1969) was a prolific, popular, and controversial Australian artist. He is best known for his children’s book The Magic Pudding (1918) and his skilled prints, which mostly draw on Greek and Roman mythology and nineteenth century literature and philosophy. The Australian cultural consciousness is indelibly marked by Lindsay’s output, his prominence in the Sydney bohemian intellectual scene and by The Magic Pudding, which marks the imagination of generation after generation of children growing up in Australia. This consciousness is shaped too by the paradoxical conjunctions of Lindsay’s life: artistic bohemianism and fascist tendencies, avant-gardism and a fervour for the rule of law, libertinism and conservatism, worship and denigration.

This collection of essays examines Lindsay’s current position in Australian art history. The authors‘ opinions are erudite, varied and often incendiary; few figures are as divisive as Lindsay.

Film critic Adrian Martin writes alongside Ian McLean, the Hugh Ramsay Chair of Australian Art History at the University of Melbourne, art historian Cameron Hurst, and literary critic Jeremy George. Art historian Soo-Min Shim responds to a video work by artist James Nguyen.’  (Publisher’s website)