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Brett Whiteley by Ashleigh Wilson

Title Brett Whiteley
Author Ashleigh Wilson
Publisher Text Publishing
Release 2016-08-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 432
ISBN 1922253812
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When he died in 1992 Brett Whiteley left behind decades of ceaseless activity—some works bound to a particular place or time, others that are masterpieces of light and line. Whiteley had arrived in Europe in 1960 determined to make an impression. Before long he was the youngest artist to have work acquired by the Tate. With his wife, Wendy, and daughter, Arkie, Whiteley then immersed himself in bohemian New York. But within two years he fled, having failed to break through. Back in Sydney, he soon became Australia’s most celebrated artist. He won the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes in the same year—his prices soared, as did his fame. Among his friends were Francis Bacon and Patrick White, Billy Connolly and Dire Straits. Yet addiction was taking its toll: Whiteley struggled in vain to separate his talent from his disease, and an inglorious end approached. Written with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, and handsomely illustrated with classic Whiteley artworks, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos, this dazzling biography reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist. Ashleigh Wilson has been a journalist for almost two decades. He began his career at the Australian in Sydney before spending several years in Brisbane, covering everything from state politics to the Hollingworth crisis to indigenous affairs. He then moved north to become the paper's Darwin correspondent, a posting bookended by the Falconio murder trial and the Howard government’s intervention in remote Aboriginal communities. During that time he won a Walkley Award for reports on unethical behaviour in the Aboriginal art industry, a series that led to a Senate inquiry. He returned to Sydney in 2008 and has been the paper’s Arts Editor since 2011. He lives in Sydney. ‘Ashleigh Wilson has produced an intriguing, absorbing and assured account of Brett Whiteley’s life and work’. Mark Knopfler ‘With relentless precision, Ashleigh Wilson has provided a peerless grasp of the life and genius of Brett Whiteley. This storied journey of one of Australia’s most mercurial twentieth-century artists will be impossible for the reader to put aside until it is finished. It is the dispassionate biography Whiteley has long needed: a career clarified from the brilliant clouds of myth.’ Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW ‘[Wilson brings] his subject to life in a fast-paced, thrilling way...Clever selection of detail...An excellent biography.’ Books+Publishing ‘A full-dress life of Whiteley that speeds and soars and never ceases to do homage to the colossal confrontation and contradiction the artist represents...Wilson has written that rarest of things, a 400-page biography that is hard to put down...[It] will make you weep for this exasperation of a man and hunger for his art.’ Australian ‘An essential and invaluable resource for any Whiteley scholar...Wilson’s achievement is considerable...Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing is a benchmark publication in Whiteley studies.’ Sydney Review of Books ‘Ashleigh Wilson’s new telling of Whiteley is a remarkable exercise in sustained authorial discipline...Wilson has given Whiteley the biography he deserves. Accommodating, even forgiving on occasion, but never indulgent. Engaged and attentive, unaffectedly interested in the artist, but not uncritical.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘This new book is an engrossing look at the life, artistic development and person behind the enfant terrible of the spotlight.’ Best Art & Design Books of 2016, Readings ‘The best biography I read [this year] was Ashleigh Wilson’s Brett Whiteley: Art, Life and the Other Thing...Combines journalistic rigour and personal compassion his landmark account of one of our greatest artists.’ Australian ‘Ashleigh Wilson’s biography of Brett Whiteley is hard to put down. The narrative hums along beautifully, allowing readers a rare insight into Whiteley’s complex genius. A colossal undertaking, helped by extraordinary access. Wilson has delivered readers—and history—an absorbing, detailed and fascinating read.’ Walkley Magazine ‘Unlikely to be surpassed for its richness of detail, cast of characters and sheer narrative drive—all achieved without a trace of novelistic flourish.’ West Australian ‘Ashleigh Wilson methodically tracks this mercurial artist from early family days to his final years—a motley of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, and importantly, art.’ Art Almanac

William Dobell by Jane Hylton

Title William Dobell
Author Jane Hylton
Publisher Wakefield Press
Release 2003
Category Art
Total Pages 63
ISBN 9781862546028
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Controversy reigned in 1944 after William Dobell's Portrait of an artist (Joshua Smith) was awarded the Archibald Prize. This book describes the curious history of Dobell's famous painting, including the fire that nearly destroyed it and its remarkable restoration, and showcases numerous other early works by this great, enigmatic artist.

Meanjin by

Title Meanjin
Author
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Release 2002
Category Australian literature
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Stranger Artist by Quentin Sprague

Title The Stranger Artist
Author Quentin Sprague
Publisher Hardie Grant Publishing
Release 2020-05-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1743586892
Language English, Spanish, and French
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At a hinge-point in his life, artist and ex-gallerist Tony Oliver travelled to the East Kimberley, where he plunged into the crosscurrents and eddies of the Aboriginal art world. He would stay for almost a decade, working alongside a group of senior Gija artists, including acclaimed figures Paddy Bedford and Freddie Timms, to establish Jirrawun Arts, briefly one of the country’s most successful and controversial Aboriginal painting collectives.

The Stranger Artist follows Oliver’s journey and the deep relationships he formed, an experience that forever altered his life’s trajectory. His story will draw readers close to what he came to know of Kimberley life: the immersion of culture and spirituality in the everyday, the importance of Law, the deep and abiding connection to country, and the humour and tragedy that pervade the Aboriginal world.

Evocative and absorbing in equal measure, The Stranger Artist tells not only of the connections that can be formed through the sharing of mutual interests and experiences, but of what it takes to live between cultures.

Title The Concise Encyclopedia of Australia
Author John Henry Shaw
Publisher G. K. Hall
Release 1989
Category Australia
Total Pages 848
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On Artists by Ashleigh Wilson

Title On Artists
Author Ashleigh Wilson
Publisher Hachette UK
Release 2020-03-31
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 104
ISBN 0733644414
Language English, Spanish, and French
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If we denounce the artist, then what becomes of the work that remains? The #MeToo movement is overturning a cliché that has forgiven bad behaviour for years: to be creative is to be prone to eccentricity, madness, addiction and excess. No longer can artists be excused from the standards of conduct that apply to us all

Title The Macquarie Book of Events
Author Bryce Fraser
Publisher
Release 1983
Category Australia
Total Pages 608
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Bulletin
Author
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Release 2004
Category Sydney (N.S.W.)
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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On Paper by Kirsty Grant

Title On Paper
Author Kirsty Grant
Publisher
Release 2003
Category Art
Total Pages 112
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sixty works on paper from over 20,000 reveal the depth of Australia's most important collection of Australian prints and drawings are dated from 1790 -2001. Every important artist is included in this rich repository and the publication shows the vitality of the artist in this country from the time of its first settlements.

ABM by

Title ABM
Author
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Release 1999
Category Art
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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