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Les Kossatz

The Art of Existence

written by Paul Guest, Zara Stanhope

Macmillan Art Publishing | ISBN 9781921394201

Hardback – 288 pages


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Les Kossatz's career as an exhibiting artist can be traced back to as early as 1963. As a sculptor, painter, printmaker, glass-artist and creator of extraordinary ideas and events, Les Kossatz has occupied a unique position within Australia's art world for more than 40 years. Early recognition of his striking paintings of flags and other Pop Art images was followed in the 1970s by his remarkable sculptures of sheep caught in peculiar predicaments that echoed aspects of the universal human condition. He then went on to complete major sculpture commissions such as The Eternal Flame at the War Memorial in Canberra. He also contributed to the development of Australian sculpture through his teaching roles at RMIT and Monash Universities. This significant, richly illustrated monograph was published to coincide with a major retrospective of the artist's work curated by Zara Stanhope for Heide Museum of Modern Art in November 2008. A particularly interesting feature of the book is the illustrated biography compiled by Diana Gribble. It completes an all-together intriguing account of an artist's journey to this point in time.

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