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Australian Gothic
By Janine Burke

Australian Gothic

The Life of Albert Tucker

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Australian Gothic by Janine Burke

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award 2002.

Book Description

The acclaimed biography of one of Australia's pre-eminent artists, Albert Tucker. Australian Gothic is the first biography of Tucker, one of Australia's most significant and influential artists. A member of the 'Angry Penguins' group which included Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Joy Hester, Tucker is best remembered for his paintings of wartime Melbourne- Images of Modern Evil. He showed the city streets as they had never been shown before as the site of evil, carnality and darkness. Burke's research also analyses the inlfuence of fellow artisy Joy Hester on Tucker's career. Passionate, earthy and gifted, Hester was Tucker's great love and muse. Controversially, Burke argues that following Hester's abandonment of Tucker, his art changed irrevocably. Author, curator and art historian, Janine Burke, enjoyed a 22-year association with Tucker, and her biography draws on hours of conversations and interviews she conducted with him. Written with a friend's respect and affection, and a scholar's deep appreciation of the forces that shaped Tucker's career, it provides a comprehensive account of his life and work. Meticulously researched, vivid and absorbing, Australian

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740512237
ISBN-10: 1740512235
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 133mm x 41mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Janine Burke

Janine Burke is the award-winning author of fifteen books of art history, biography and fiction. Between 1977 and 1982, she lectured in art history at the Victorian College of the Arts before resigning to write full time. She has degrees in art history from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and Deakin University. She has written extensively on the Heide Circle, including Joy Hester, Dear Sun- The Letters of Joy Hester and Sunday Reed and The Eye of the Beholder- Albert Tucker's Photographs. Australian Gothic, her acclaimed biography of Tucker, was published by Knopf in 2002 and the final book in the Heide quartet, The Heart Garden, a biography of Sunday Reed. She has lectured extensively on art, curated exhibitions, written for newspapers and journals and acted as a consultant to films and documentaries.

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