Humanities Research

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Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, 2013

Contemporaneous Traditions: The World in Indigenous Art/ Indigenous Art in the World
It may turn out ... that going back can be a way to go forward.1Multiple ModernitiesIn the 1980s postmodernism's retro culture was widely diagnosed as the endgame of modernism. Some suggested that a bigger endgame was in play. Hal Foster glimpsed the...
Il Gesto: Global Art and Italian Gesture Painting in the 1950s
This essay examines how the remarkably vibrant and cosmopolitan art scene in post-war Italy helped to shape a society undergoing a difficult period of transition. In a few short years, despite catastrophic economic problems and deep, ongoing political...
Introduction: The World and World-Making in Art
This special issue of Humanities Research offers a selection of papers presented at the international conference 'The World and World-Making in Art: Connectivities and Differences' held at The Australian National University (ANU) from 11-13 August 2011.1The...
Making Worlds: Art, Words and Worlds
Introduction'The world' seems, often, to be more a proposition than a place, more a theory than a thing-in-itself. The fluidity of its meanings means that the dominant discourse tends to focus on the conceptual, the economic and the political, rather...
The Challenge of Uninvited Guests: Social Art at the Blue House
The Blue House was an ambitious and multifaceted social art project conceived and conducted by Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk from mid- 2005.1 The project involved artists and others undertaking social art research practices to investigate the then...
The Precarious Ecologies of Cosmopolitanism
Making Worlds After the FactFleeting, fragile patterns, rendered in dust, gradually covered the floor of an abandoned Georgian farmhouse in Bicker, Lincolnshire, as the artist Catherine Bertola meticulously 'cleaned' the space from dawn to dusk each...
The Third Biennale of Sydney: 'White Elephant or Red Herring?'
The focus of this essay is the indisputably important 1979 Biennale of Sydney, which launched Sydney's biennial as an international event seeking out adventurous art from Western Europe and the USA. We will argue that it sought both to present an image...
Tolerance: The World of Yang Fudong
In an essay titled 'Poetry and Painting' Simon Leys discusses the Chinese scholarly art of brush-and-ink painting, a practice in which calligraphic mark making, the careful balancing of ink brush strokes and areas of void, or darkness and light, is understood...
Worlds Pictured in Contemporary Art: Planes and Connectivities
It is difficult to imagine a theme more relevant to contemporary concerns than that of this conference.1 The imagining of worlds within the World is a topic that has concerned me for some time, to the extent of nominating it in recent publications as...
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