null Skip to main content
Every purchase supports the
Art Gallery of NSW
Added to cart
Item name
Every purchase supports the Art Gallery of NSW
  • Art Gallery exclusives
  • Prints
  • Books
  • Homewares
  • Fashion
  • Kids
  • Gifts

UnAustralian Art

ISBN: 9780909952105 ISBN: 9780909952105

Member’s price $36.00Not a member? Join Now

Ships within 2-11 business days

UnAustralian Art: Ten Essays on Transnational Art History proposes a radical rethinking of Australian art. Rex Butler and ADS Donaldson do not seek to identify a distinctive national sensibility; instead, they demonstrate that Australian art and artists have always been engaged in struggles and creative exchanges with the rest of the world. Examining Australian art as much from the outside in as the inside out, Butler and Donaldson’s methodology opens Australian art history to an encyclopedic multitude of hitherto excluded stories—from Australian expatriates who lived and worked overseas to artists who came from elsewhere and continued to make art in Australia.

Beginning with the impressionist John Russell at the turn of the century in France and ending with the great Anmatyerre artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye in the late twentieth century, the book presents new research detailing the artistic connections between Australia and New Zealand, France, Britain, Germany, Asia, North America, South America, and the Pacific.

This book asks us to reconsider who an Australian artist is and has been. In a world of increasing global connectedness, this new history of UnAustralian art is a history of the present, helping us understand the Australia of the twenty-first century.

Author: Rex Butler and A. D. S. Donaldson
275 pages
24.5 x 17.5 cm

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 20cm x 15cm x 1 cm


Members save 10% at the Gallery Shop*

* excludes DVDs and Gallery publications

Members save 10% at the Gallery Shop*

Join or renew now

* excludes DVDs and Gallery publications

Get our newsletter

Be sure you never miss out on new products, our sales and special offers!

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Gallery stands, the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.