Chapter Two

Not only did he want to break with the sense of cultural isolation one felt in Australia during the 1950s and the 1960s, but he now pondered on how to "inject that flavour of international extravaganza, originality and explosive vision peculiar to the Italian event".

More importantly, he saw "the possibility of a dialogue to open the door to a much wider audience. The artists of many countries would become ambassadors in a two-way traffic between distant and far away places".



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2004. Brett Whiteley’s Black Totem II, in front of Transfield House at Walsh Bay, Sydney.