The Death of the Artist as Hero: Essays in History and Culture
OUP Australia and New Zealand
The problems involved in defining and describing a visual aesthetic suited to our modern democratic society are at the centre of this collection of essays, all written during the past ten years. Bernard Smith explores these problems, not only in their Australian but in their universal context, and in such areas as community art, art and elitism, Aboriginal art, art and the urban society, art in a multi-cultural society, art and abstraction, art and Marxism. They have been written in order to develop a greater theoretical interest in the problems facing Australian art and culture.