Bert and Ned
The Correspondence of Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan
written by Patrick McCaughey
Macmillan Art Publishing | ISBN 9780522852615
Hardback – 257 pages
Part of the Miegunyah series.
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Albert Tucker and Sidney Nolan were friends and rivals but never antagonists for the whole of their working lives as artists. Together they participated in the struggle to establish modern art in Australia in the 1940s. Yet by a quirk of fate they rarely lived in the same city or the same continent after 1947. Each deeply valued the friendship, however, and strove to preserve it through this remarkable correspondence. Covering a period of more than thirty years, the letters throw refreshing new light on their expatriate years in the 1950s and mark their changing and changeable attitude to Australia, both as place and culture. Patrick McCaughey, who knew both artists, explores the various themes running through these letters.
Artist: Sidney Nolan