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On Looking at Looking: The Art & Politics of Ian Burn

Ann Stephen
Miegunyah Press / Melbourne University Publishing
Format: Hardcover in Dustjacket
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Thoroughly researched and lavishly illustrated, this study is the first biography of acclaimed Australian artist Ian Burn. Chronicling his early years as a landscape painter in Australia, this account follows his journey to London and New York, where he became a part of the conceptual art movement of the 1970s. Also explored are Burn's intense politics and a decade's worth of significant career struggles.

n this, the first biography on Ian Burn, art historian Ann Stephen traces his extraordinary body of work from the intimate viewpoint of friend and occasional collaborator. Her account is no conventional monograph, as Stephen approaches and presents Burn's work through a series of imaginary and real "dialogs" with other artists, inspired by his own collaborations and anecdotes. Through these encounters, she reveals Burn's concerns with marginal art and the relations between amateur and professional, the politics of place and distance, deskilling, and the concept of originality. With more than 160 images, "On Looking at Looking: The art and politics of Ian Burn" explores his unique contribution to Australian art as an artist, writer, and curator. Stephen convincingly shows how Burn's work is alive to the most pressing questions facing art and culture today. pp. 251 illusts First Edition #0319

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