Globalism and Provinciality

Over the next few weeks I’m going to post images from my book. Here’s one of my favourite comparisons, aboriginal artist Doug Cranmer and the well known Parisian modernist Bram van Velde. Though van Velde had a great interest in the art of Cranmer’s tribe, and it shows in the work illustrated, this chapter is not standard comparative art history. It gets to a general truth, and it’s concrete, objective, material and formal—if not formalist.

Doug Cranmer, Untitled painting (abstraction) 1982

Doug Cranmer, Untitled painting (abstraction) 1982

Bram van Velde, Untitled 1962

Bram van Velde, Untitled 1962

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