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- DescriptionThe Invention of New Zealand is an important study of nationalism in twentieth-century New Zealand art. From the 1930s onwards, artists, writers and critics such as Toss Woollaston, Allen Curw, Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, A R D Fairburn, Doris Lusk and Monte Holcroft deployed art, literature and theory in the construction of a national identity, the search for the essence of New Zealand and the invention of a specifically New Zealand high culture. Francis Pound ponders, decodes, memorialises and celebrates this project from its starting moment when painters and poets became newly self-conscious about New Zealand art. He argues that in the early 1970s the framework was largely dismantled and the discourse abandoned by a new generation of artists and critics, such as Richard Killeen, Ian Scott and Petar Vuletic. Over ten fascinating chapters, Pound covers the Nationalists' major concerns, their problems with antecedents, the formulation of their can and their various co-option, adoption and rejection of Regionalism, Cubism, Modernism and Primitivism in their quest for invention. The Invention of New Zealand is a well-illustrated and engagingly written narrative by one of our most brilliant and original art historians.
- Author BiographyDr Francis Pound is a senior lecturer in art history at the University of Auckland, with particular expertise in twentieth-century New Zealand art and an interest in how a national identity was constructed in art and literature, the intersections of nationalism with primitivism, and New Zealand readings and misreadings of international modernism. His books include the groundbreaking Frames on the Land: Early Landscape Painting in New Zealand (1983) and The Space Between: Pakeha Use of Maori Motifs in Modernist New Zealand Art (1994). He recently curated, and wrote a book to accompany, the exhibition Walters en Abyme, and is currently completing a book about Gordon Walters.
- PrizesShortlisted for New Zealand Post Book Awards: General Non-Fiction 2010.
- PublisherAuckland University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2009
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationAuckland
- Country of PublicationNew Zealand
- ImprintAuckland University Press
- Content Noteillustrations, chiefly colour
- Weight1500 g
- Width100 mm
- Height100 mm
- Spine100 mm
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