Master of Still­ness: Jef­frey Smart

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‘Master of Still­ness’ doc­u­ments the prac­tice of ex­pa­tri­ate Aus­tralian painter, Jef­frey Smart; from his be­gin­nings in Ade­laide un­til his last ma­jor com­po­si­tion Labyrinth (2011), painted in Italy, where he lived un­til his death in 2013. Il­lus­trated with paint­ings of ur­ban land­scapes, stu­dio shots with the artist at work, as well as per­sonal and pro­fes­sional pho­tographs, this book pro­vides a unique in­sight and un­der­stand­ing of Smart’s ca­reer. Cu­ra­tor Barry Pearce ques­tions: ‘What was the gen­e­sis of Smart’s pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with par­al­lel lines, cubes, spheres, curves and rec­tan­gles as the foun­da­tion of his vis­ual lan­guage? And from where came his in­cli­na­tion to trans­form a cool, dystopian vi­sion of the 20th-cen­tury city and it’s tech­nolo­gies into a star­tling new aes­thetic?’

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