Curator Anthony Bond began building a contemporary international art collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 1984. The collection w features many important artists, including Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley, Francis Bacon, Anish Kapoor and Doris Salcedo. In The Idea of Art, Bond discusses the guiding philosophies that steered his formation of the gallery's collection. Incorporating conversations with many high-profile contemporary artists, the book offers important insights into how recent invations connect with the art of the past, and with human experience.`Anthony Bond's intimate kwledge of and friendship with artists and empathy with their processes gives his insight a particular richness and relevance.' - Antony Gormley
Anthony Bond OAM is a freelance writer and curator. Until 2013 he was Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney where, since 1984, he was responsible for the gallery s collection of international contemporary art. Among the many major exhibitions he has curated are Francis Bacon: Five decades (2012 13), Body (1997), Self portrait: Renaissance to contemporary (2005 06) and Anselm Kiefer: Aperiatur terra (2006 07). He was also curator of the inaugural Liverpool Biennial in 1999 and the 1992 Biennale of Sydney. His writing on art has been published widely in Australia and internationally.