Australiana to Zeitgeist

An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art



ISBN: 9780500500897 Category:

Melissa Loughnan


Many critics have traditionally dismissed Australian art as derivative. Australiana to Zeitgeist offers an immersive look at a new breed of early career Australian artists proving them wrong. Championing underrepresented and often, unrepresented up-and-comers, it delves into the various themes shaping the Australian psyche and showcases not only contemporary artists, but also artists who are making work that is new and relevant.

From a range of disciplines and working across multiple mediums, these rising stars are making waves here and offshore and setting the direction for generations to follow. From Australiana to Zeitgeist with Kitsch, Land Art and Xerox in between, this book brings together the work of 78 dynamic Australian artists you need to know, now.

Additional information

Weight 719 g
Dimensions 19.9 x 29.6 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2017
Number of pages 272
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19.9 x 29.6 cm
Weight 719 g


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Melissa Loughnan is a curator and gallerist. At the age of 24, she founded Utopian Slumps, a commercial gallery in Melbourne, which ran from 2009-2015. Initially, a non-profit curator-run arts initiative, Utopian Slumps provided a much-needed platform for a younger generation of artists and art lovers. Melissa is now a private art consultant.