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The first truly comprehensive look at contemporary art in Australia and New Zealand in this century. It explores the particular regional uniqueness which comes from a mix between Indigenous, Western and Asian cultures. Featuring 80 artists, the book shows ANZ art to be diverse in culture, medium and theme. Many of our artists have international reputations, for example: Paddy Bedford, Simryn Gill, Tracey Moffat, Ah Xian, Shaun Gladwell and Bill Henson. Others such as Ben Armstrong, The Kingpins, Monica Tichacek and Rohan Wealleans are amongst the region's freshest voices. Lavishly illustrated with over 240 pages of images selected to showcase each artist's overall practice and most recent work. Key aspects of contemporary art are set out, explained and examined in six essays by key curators.Todd describes them as a a#39;rainbow of afflictiona#39;, stressing an oddly Utopian underside to their condition. ... In Necrolopolous, 2004, Maddens model a#39;city of the deada#39;, death flowers in a baroque excess that is near psychedelic. ... Michael Parekowhai referenced the 1993 Gothic melodrama The Piano in creating a piano-coffin littered with carved wooden lilies, imagining the ... But, in both cases, the Gothic styling is just icing on an otherwise right-on cake:the antithesis of the Gothic.

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