Getting into the Giardini di Castello: Australia's representation at the Venice Biennale

Naylor, Stephen (2003) Getting into the Giardini di Castello: Australia's representation at the Venice Biennale. Art and Australia, 40 (4). pp. 594-601.

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This article examines the history of Australian participation in the Venice Biennale exhibition of art, focusing on the reception of Australian art in Europe. Topics include Australian landscape art, Aboriginal art, and how artists are chosen to represent aspects of Australian culture.

Research Statement

Research Background This research was generated from a long term PhD study into how effectively Australia had been represented in the international contemporary art world.
Research Contribution I would first like to commend the … primary research into the history of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale. He has done a wonderful job of sourcing and sorting through files, then interpreting the material and presenting it here for future researchers. He has done a valuable art historical service. Dr Benjamin Genocchio (New York Times). Together with tables, charts and DVD of illustrations and additional data, the thesis includes a vast quantity of previously unpublished or undiscovered material. Indeed the breadth of information addresses in this thesis-text based, interviews, correspondence, screen based, etc.. The bibliography demonstrates an impressive knowledge of recent Australian published material. Dr Alison Inglis (University of Melbourne)
Research Significance The feature essay was published to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Journal and distributed international to align with the opening of the 2003 Venice Biennial (which exposed the journal to over 6000 international arts journalists). Since the publication of this material the research has generated numerous articles and a book chapter. The article is frequently cited in art theory contexts most recently the national exhibition catalogue 2010 Ron Mueck / David Hurlston National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The work has also been used by collaboration between the Australia Council, The College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (COFA) and Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University to generate an online resource for K-12 students studying contemporary art.
Item ID: 867
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 0004-301X
Keywords: Venice Biennale, Australian art
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 100%
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