Sydney Moderns

Sydney Moderns

Art for a New World

  1. Edited by Deborah Edwards
  2. and Denise Mimmocchi
  • ISBN 9781741740974
  • 28.00 x 23.80 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 328pp
  • With over 480 illustrations
  • First published 2013
  • Distributed on behalf of The Art Gallery of New South Wales

This important book looks at one of the most distinctive periods in the history of Australian art, bracketed between the two world wars from 1915
into the 1940s.

The Sydney Moderns were progressive artists at the forefront of the development of modernism in Australia. They produced exuberant, cosmopolitan paintings, prints, sculptures, designs and applied arts in response to and as part of the changing modern world and the international
modernist movement. With the rise of the new city, artists explored and promoted modernity through the revolutions in colour and light which
accompanied European modernism, and advanced the forms of abstraction.

Often considered radical, these artists presented the modern metropolis and the dynamic patterns of modern living under Sydney’s light-filled skies or in
coloured interiors as new realms of visual experience.

Sydney Moderns includes some 300 works of art from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s collection, other institutions and private collections supported by diverse pictorial material. In addition to paintings, prints and sculpture, it includes design and fashion, integral to the modernist projec.

There are five major essays by Deborah Edwards, Denise Mimmocchi and Terence Maloon and 35 focus essays by a diverse range of specialist writers which spotlight key artists, groups and events.

This is a must for anyone interested in Australian art, modernism and modernity.