Faculty of ArtsAustralian Institute of Art History

Kenneth Clark and Australian Art

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson at the opening of Recent Australian Painting, Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

Sir Kenneth Clark and Sir Colin Anderson

at the opening of Recent Australian Painting

Whitechapel Gallery, June 1961.

Dr Simon Pierse
Senior Lecturer, Ysgol Gelf/School of Art,
Prifysgol Aberystwyth University


Simon Pierse is a visiting fellow at the AIAH and is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Thursday, 25 September 2014
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Admission is free
Bookings are required
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Old Arts-Theatre D
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, 3010

In this lecture Simon Pierse sheds new light on the role that Sir Kenneth Clark (later Baron Clark of Saltwood) played in bringing Australian art to a new audience in Britain during the early 1950s. Pierse examines the crucial part that Joseph Burke, inaugural Herald Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, had in directing Clark’s attention towards the work of Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd and attempts to discover what may have lain beneath Clark’s abiding passion for Australian art and life.

Simon Pierse is Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University and visiting fellow at the Australian Institute of Art History.  His research focuses on British perceptions of Australian art, landscape and identity.  His award winning book Australian Art and Artists in London, 1950-1965: an antipodean summer, was published by Ashgate in 2012.

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