37 Titles


100 Years of Cruelty

edited by Edward Scheer
100 Years of Cruelty brings together responses to the Artaud question from some of the leading contemporary scholars working in the humanities today. The essays cover a wide variety of topics in opening the Artaud question to the disciplines - and the demarcations upon which so much knowledge and art practice is defined. They are intended as an affront to conservative thought, as an attack on clinical reason and as an open challenge to the corporate university.


Ambitious Alignments

edited by Stephen H. Whiteman, Sarena Abdullah, Yvonne Low, Phoebe Scott
This new volume explores the art and architecture of Southeast Asia in the postwar period. Ten essays by emerging scholars draw upon unexplored archives and works of art, bearing witness to rich local histories and uncovering complex artistic exchanges across Cambodia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and beyond. The collection sheds new light on the significance of...


Rebecca Coyle, Philip Hayward
Long before virtual reality captured the imagination, holography provided artists with a new, challenging, three-dimensional medium. Its very immateriality demanded that artists approach its illusions in unforeseen and inventive ways. Apparition provides the first detailed study of holographic art in Australia, of the artists producing it and the scientific institutions assisting them. It includes examinations of the work of Paula Dawson, Alexander, and Margaret Benyon and of the...


Geoffrey Batchen
An engaging and provocative account of photography's first commercial applications in England and their global implications. This book addresses a persistent gap in the study of photography's history, moving beyond an appreciation of single breakthrough works to consider the photographic image's newfound reproducibility and capacity for circulation through newsprint and other media in the nineteenth century.

Asian Modernities

John Clark
Winner of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand's Best Book prize. Asian Modernities is a groundbreaking comparison of two contemporary Asian art cultures. This is the first analysis that defines a space for Asian modernity without direct reference to Euroamerica. Based on John Clark's extensive primary research using vernacular written and interview materials in Chinese and Thai, Asian Modernities also develops theoretical perspectives on genealogies of...


Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond

Philip Goad
Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond: Transforming Education through Art, Architecture and Design presents an extraordinary new Australasian cultural history. Beginning in 1930, the arrival of émigré, internee, and refugee educators, exiles from Nazism, helped to transform art, architecture, and design in Australia and New Zealand. Fifteen thematic essays and twenty individual case studies, bringing to light a tremendous amount of new archival...

Bleed Bled Said

edited by Russell Storer
This book focuses on the Geczy / Parr work, Film Noir Politique Blanche. Russell Storer writes that "the sequence of words in the title of this publication and essay, Bleed / Bled / Said, explicitly states the narrative impulse, and the temporal dimension, of Adam Geczy and Mike Parr's collaborative project, Film Noir, Politique Blanche. The artist's body, which is central to the practice of both artists, is located by the title both in the present and past. Geczy's film of Parr's...



Felix Guattari, translated by Paul Bains, Julian Pefanis
The final work by the author before his death in 1992, Chaosmosis is a radical and challenging work concerned with the reinvention and resingularization of subjectivity. It attempts to embody affective change, the short-circuiting of signification and the proliferation of sense necessary to engage with non-discursive, artistic, poetic and pathic intensities. It includes critical reflections on Lacanian psychoanalysis, structuralism, information theory,...

Contemporary Art and Philanthropy

edited by Nicholas Jose
The second Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Forum explores the current and future role of private foundations in sustaining contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region during a time of rapid development, transition, and change. The participants address the nature and economics of giving while taking into account the regional and international context in which art is produced and circulates.


Dale Harding

edited by Hannah Mathews, Dale Harding, with Kate Harding, Deborah Edwards, Nancy Underhill, Ann Stephen, Jacky Huggins, Paul Taçon
Through a Lens of Visitation pays homage to the stories and presence of matrilineal figures in Dale Harding's family. It documents a first-time collaboration with his mother, textile artist Kate Harding. Kate Harding's quilts and Dale Harding's painterly responses together reflect on cultural knowledge as it is held, practiced, and transposed across generations, gender, and...


Ends of Painting

edited by David Homewood, Paris Lettau
Contemporary art begins where painting ends, or so goes one of recent art history's most dominant narratives. This book is a postmortem of the supposed death of painting in the period following World War II. In eleven essays by a global array of leading scholars, Ends of Painting offers a counter-history, showing how the practice and discourse of painting remained integral to art throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Written by art historians from Australia, Asia, Europe,...


Falling for You

edited by Lesley Stern, George Kouvaros
How do we understand and respond to performance in cinema? How does the performing body move through cinematic space and according to cinematic temporalities? Focusing on the work of the actor, but not simply about acting, Falling for You offers a range of theoretical approaches for illuminating the affective force of cinema. Concentrating on the work of important figures such as Welles, Cassavetes, Scorsese, Hartley, Ts'ai Ming-Liang, Chaplin, Keaton and...

Floating Time

Stephen H. Whiteman, Minerva Inwald, Bingqing Wei, with John Clark
Floating Time: Chinese Prints, 1954–2002 brings together, for the first time, the University of Sydney Art Collection's ninty-three modern and contemporary Chinese prints. This substantial collection includes national prize-winning prints and works by internationally acclaimed artists, including Zhao Zongzao and Su Xinping. The half-century represented here reveals not only the development of the powerful woodcut tradition under Mao, but also...


Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett, edited by Angela Goddard, Tim Riley Walsh
The first publication to survey the writing practice of the late Gordon Bennett (1955–2014), Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings gives vital insight into one of Australia's important contemporary artists in his own words. Bringing together nearly forty published and unpublished essays, and providing a glimpse into Bennett's personal archive via the reproduction of previously unseen notebooks, correspondence, sketches, preparatory compositions, and more, this...

The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

Jean Baudrillard, translated by Paul Patton
Comprised of three essays written by Baudrillard in the lead-up to, during, and after the military clash in the Gulf in 1992, this book is a penetrating and provocative analysis of the unfolding drama using the author's well-known concepts of simulation and the hyperreal. Paul Patton's introduction surveying the debate aroused by the conflict argues that Baudrillard, more than any other critic of the events, correctly identified the political stakes involved in the gestation...


Hegel's Owl

Sheridan Palmer
Bernard Smith began life as a ward of the State; he would go on to become the father of Australian art history. In 2008, Smith invited writer and art historian Sheridan Palmer to write his biography. Through years of interviews and exclusive access to Smith's papers and library, Palmer reveals the unique character of an exceptional man.

How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art

edited by Ian McLean
This is the first anthology to chronicle the global critical reception of Aboriginal art since the early 1980s, when the art world began to understand it as contemporary art. Featuring 96 authors—including art critics and historians, curators, art center co-ordinators and managers, artists, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers and novelists—it conveys a diversity of thinking and approaches. Together with editor Ian...


The Illusion of Life II

edited by Alan Cholodenko
The Illusion of Life II 2 continues and extends the pioneering work in the theory of animation begun in The Illusion of Life: Essays on Animation. It provides an abundance of understandings, approaches, correctives, and challenges to scholars not only in animation studies and film studies, but in disciplines across the spectrum. It proceeds on the assumption that animation, in increasingly taking center stage thanks to computer animation and anime, calls ever more insistently...

Images of the Pacific Rim

Erika Esau
Australia and California have shared aesthetic ideas through imported popular imagery for nearly two hundred years. From gold rush photography to Spanish-style houses, Images of the Pacific Rim tells the fascinating story of aesthetic exchange between two "cultures on the periphery." The absorption of images into the everyday life of these "new" Western societies, made possible by the development of mechanical processes of production, constructed distinctive cultural...

Imants Tillers

Elita Ansone, Graham Coulter-Smith, Mark Ledbury, Ian McLean, Imants Tillers
For the renowned artist Imants Tillers, whose career spans more than four decades of prolific creative practice, this "journey to nowhere" is neither a homecoming nor a departure, but a fertile and thought-provoking meeting of worlds. The son of Latvian parents who were displaced during the Second World War, Tillers was born in Sydney, Australia, where he spoke Latvian before English and long felt the pull of a distant culture.