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In a career that has spanned four decades and three continents, Denise Green has bridged the tricky distance between artist and critic, an accomplishment captured in Denise Green: An Artist’s Odyssey. Combining her life story with observations of leading figures in the art world, the book is at once a window on artistic theory and practice and a virtual how-to for aspiring artists.
Green’s own story begins in Brisbane and moves through her subsequent years of training in Paris during the revolutionary events of 1968. She goes on to describe her apprenticeship as a painter in New York’s Soho, where she became embroiled in the debates dominating the art world.
Complementing Green’s account are the contributions of noted artists, art historians, critics, and curators like Ingrid Periz, Richard Kalina, Frances Lindsay, Anthony Bond, Peter Timms, Roland Mönig, Christof Trepesch, and Lilly Wei, as well as one of the most prominent collectors in Australia, Kerry Stokes. From the interplay of these perspectives, a rare picture emerges of art as it is made, understood, and lived.
Reflecting on an internationally recognized Australian American artist and writer
About the Author
Denise Green is an Australian American artist and writer who has had more than 115 solo exhibitions. She is the author of Metonymy in Contemporary Art: A New Paradigm (Minnesota, 2005). Retrospectives of her work have been in major museums from MoMA PS1 (New York) to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney). In 2007 she was awarded the Order of Australia medal.
Table of Contents
Preface: “Sylvia Plath with a Camera”
Introduction: Between Intention and Effect
1. Documentary Photography and the Positivist Social Gallery
2. Portraits, Pastiche, and Magazine Work
3. The Body in the 1960s
4. Madness, Disability, and the “Untitled” Series
5. The Social Panorama in Context
Revelations: Darkness and Illumination