Serious play: the art of Kevin Mortensen

Haysom, Robert 2015, Serious play: the art of Kevin Mortensen, Thames and Hudson, Melbourne, Vic..

Title Serious play: the art of Kevin Mortensen
Author(s) Haysom, Robert
Publication date 2015
Total pages 224
Publisher Thames and Hudson
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Performing arts
Environmental art
Visual arts
Summary Kevin Mortensen came to prominence in Australia and internationally as an early and highly regarded practitioner of performance art. He represented Australia at an early Venice Biennale and was a major figure in the Mildura Sculpture Triennials, which helped establish contemporary sculpture in this country in the 1960s and 1970s after a long period in which the art form languished. The new sculpture of this time was strongly related to American performance art, Happenings and Earth Art, and in Australia took on environmental concerns and facets of Australia's landscape, flora and fauna. Mortensen's art is highly environmental. More recently Mortensen has practised as a sculptor and also made prints and drawings. He was Head of Sculpture at RMIT University in the 1980s and early 1990s but, today almost a recluse, continues to exhibit new work at Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney. Author Rob Haysom provides a beautifully written and researched account of Mortensen's entire career and the book is lavishly illustrated.
ISBN 0500500606
Language eng
Field of Research 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
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