Colour illustrations on end papers.
Published to accompnay the exhibition Call of the avant-garde: constructivism and Australian art held at the Heide Museum of Modern Art from 5 July - 8 October 2017.
Contributors: Lucina Ward, Sally Foster, Anthony Bond, Sophie Matthieson, Ann Stephen, Elena Taylor, Isobel Parker Philip, Anne-Marie Van de Van, Denise Mimmocchi, David Hurlston, LInda Short, David Pestorius, Carolyn Barnes, Kirsty Grant, Francis Plagne, Charles Nodrum, Helen Hughes, Ian McLean, Robert Lingard, Denise Robertson and Anne Loxley.
Artists exhibited: Justin Andrews, Ralph Balson, Gordon Bennett, Cecil Bostock, Stephen Bram, Erich Buchholz, Eugene Carchesio, Anthony Card, Gunter Christmann, Bronwyn Clark-Coolee, Dahl Collings, Olive Cotton, Peter Cripps, Zoé Croggon, Sarah crowEST, Grace Crowley, The Donkey's Tail, Richard Dunn, Max Dupain, Alexander Exter, Emily Floyd, Mark Galea, Alex Gawronski, Melinda Harper, MHKP (Melinda Harper and Kerrie Poliness), Shane Haseman, Barbara Hepworth, Frank Hinder, Margel Hinder, Raafat Ishak, Tom Nicholson, George Johnson, Wassily Kandinsky, Ivan Klun, Valentina Kulagina, Julio le Parc, Sonia Leber, Gerald Lewers, Margo Lewers, El Lissitzky, Kasmir Malevich, Garbriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Ben Nicolson, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, David Noonan, Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowki, Robert Owen, Lenton Parr, Victor Pasmore, Kerrie Poliness, Alexander Rodchenko, Robert Rooney, Gerald Ryan, Nike Savvas, Alex Selenitsch, Caleb Shea, Wolfgang Sievers, Sally Smart, Vladimir Steinberg, Esther Stewart, Valentino, David Thomas, Meredith Turnbull, Dick Watkins and Justine Williams.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 132-141)
"For more than one hundred years, artists have drawn inspiration from the early twentieth-century avant-garde movement Constructivism. Its abstract forms, utopian ideals and vision of art’s vital role in constructing a new society have continued to act as a beacon for artists of successive generations in many countries. This extensive survey of over seventy artists explores how Australian artists have responded to this ground breaking modernist movement and its enduring call upon their imaginations from the 1930s to the present day. A remarkable artistic experiment arising out of the social and political ferment of the Russian Revolution of 1917 Constructivism challenged the idea of the work of art as a unique commodity, explored more collective ways of working, and sought to integrate art into everyday life. Its newly invented language of abstract forms was first seen as early as 1913 in the works of Vladimir Tatlin, Alexander Rodchenko, and Varvara Stepanova among others, and in the paintings of Kasimir Malevich who founded the distinct but closely related movement of Suprematism. The influence of these movements spread to Europe and Britain becoming more broadly known as International Constructivism, and even further afield to Australia, generating local variations in each place. Starting from the early influence of British constructivism on Australian painters and sculptors of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the exhibition traces a growing awareness of Russian Constructivism among artists of later generations through to contemporary times. In keeping with the Constructivist impetus towards an integration of ideas across all the art forms, the display will include painting and sculpture, video and photography, the graphic arts as well as theatre and costume design by visual artists."--Publisher's website - viewed 23 August 2017.