Wot's on tele? Oct 23, 2013 5:00:13 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on Oct 23, 2013 5:00:13 GMT -5
Oct 23, 2013 0:50:41 GMT -5 @kleinesc said:Out of interest, Sydney, what do you make of Australian art?
Well as Members may or may not know, it is a wild land, populated for the most part by great oafs and vulgar trollops. Since at least 1850 it has been usual for sensitive and artistic youths simply to leave the country; and the exodus continues to this day. Certain people with certain agenda, such as politicians, may tell you that the days of the "cultural cringe" are over; on no account believe them. All the first-raters continue to depart at the earliest opportunity, as they always have and always will.
There are three painters with whose work I am familiar; Donald Friend (1915 to 1989) is my favourite and one of the great men of the twentieth century.
He first went off to the Torres Strait islands, then to West Africa until the second war began, and after that resided in Italy, Ceylon and - most importantly - Bali. His Diaries - very long, very fascinating - were published a few years ago in four heavy volumes. Although in my view he was by far the best Antipodean painter it is customary in his native land to ignore him because of a) his having lived abroad and b) his enthusiastic and unashamed homo-sexualism. So it will be interesting to see whether your Mr. Capon deigns to mention his name. If he does he will probably use the phrase "too pretty."
Another such was Jeffrey [sic] Smart (1921 to 2013), who spent many years in Europe and settled in Tuscany for the final thirty-five.
Mr. Capon will have more to say about him. Smart's memoir Not Quite Straight is a good read.
A third name worthy of note is that of Justin O'Brien (1917 to 1996), who took up residence in Greece, and whose paintings are religious in subject and feeling.