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Professor Catherine Speck (University of Adelaide) to talk on modern Australian artists in Europe

10 September 2013

The talk takes place on September 17th at 4pm in 1st Floor Seminar Room, 7 Woodland Road.



The Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster welcomes Professor Catherine Speck, coordinator of postgraduate programs in Art History and Curatorial and Museum Studies at the University of Adelaide/ the Art Gallery of South Australia, who will speak on 'The ‘Frontier’ Speaks Back: Two Australian Artists working in Paris and London', in 1st Floor Seminar Room, 7 Woodland Road at 4pm on September 17th.


'Australian artists living and working in Paris and London in the Belle Époque and modern eras had a deep engagement with cosmopolitanism in cities that were at the frontiers of international modernism. They experienced the liberation of putting aside issues of nation, and of working in large, alienating but culturally challenging multi-nation environs in the pre and post war years. This paper will explore how two women artists, Hilda Rix in Paris, a hub of internationalism; and Nora Heysen in London, a city ill-described in the Empire language of ‘home’ for Australians, connected with and articulated cosmopolitan culture. Expatriatism facilitated an offshore variant of Australian modernism.' 











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