Selected articles 1920-1950
Selected & introduced by Elizabeth Butel
Richmond Imprint, 140pp
AU$29.95, May 2003
Selected from the pages of Australias
little magazines and established art journals
by Elizabeth Butel (author of Margaret Preston, ETT
Imprint 2003), this collection addresses Prestons
recurring preoccupations modern art,
an Australian national art and the craft of art-making.
Never shy of voicing an opinion, Preston
launched into print on a variety of subjects, from flower
arranging and furnishing a bedroom, to Aboriginal art
and design and its place in the creation of a national
art for Australia.
The natural enemy of the dull,
Prestons style is infused with paradox, retaining
its freshness, through her very direct, uncompromising
attack. Absorbing in itself, this collection
published for the first time invites us to reassess
the relevance of her writings, both in her era and today
and the impact they had on her own art-making; in the
process, proving a context for a renewed appreciation
of her work.
With thirty articles and 30 woodcuts,
it has been introduced and indexed by Elizabeth Butel
in an elegant large-format paperback.
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