Book Review: Contemporary Australian Drawing #1
Contemporary Australian Drawing #1. Picture: Supplied.

There's nothing like drawing to teach you rigorous selection and clarity and economy of expression. In this new survey of Australian drawing, Scottish-based Australian artist, writer and academic Janet McKenzie moves beyond her 1986 Drawing in Australia, Contemporary Images and Ideas to present an expansive, dynamic overview of drawing in Australia. In so doing, she demonstrates the medium's continued vitality, not just as a tool for artists and designers but as a legitimate art form in its own right. Sandwiched between McKenzie's brilliant introduction and Christopher Heathcote's Journeys into Drawing and coda by Irene Barberis, who commissioned the volume on behalf of the artist-led international organisation, Metasenta, are colour reproductions of artworks, biographical details and detailed descriptions of the art practices of 77 major Australian artists. Cressida Campbell and Ken Done are represented alongside Mike Parr, George Gittoes, Mirka Mora, as well as important indigenous artists like Julie Dowling and Kathleen Petyarre. Indispensible.

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