The Influence of the Bauhaus in Australia: Experimentation and Collaboration in the Work of Dahl Collings, Geoffrey Collings, Alistair Morrison, and Richard Haughton James

  • In tracing the complex circulation of Bauhaus principles and approaches to design in Australia throughout the 1940s and 1950s, this dissertation establishes the various exchanges between the Australian artists Dahl and Geoffrey Collings and Alistair Morrison, the British artist Richard Haughton James, and Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy, and György Kepes in London during the period from 1935 to 1937. Through various case studies, visual analysis, and by drawing on the critique of unidirectional notions of agency and influence, I demonstrate how certain practices of collaboration and experimentation used at the Bauhaus were applied and advocated by the Collingses, Morrison, and James in Australia throughout their wide-ranging artistic practices, which included photography, film, design, and painting. Furthermore, I demonstrate how this group of designers promoted the Bauhaus and its associated collaborative and experimental principles in their lectures, writings, and exhibitions and through their involvement in professional art and design organizations. I argue that this group of designers all subsequently played crucial roles in introducing Australia to the Bauhaus and improving art and design standards in Sydney and Melbourne during the post-war period, enriching Australia’s art and culture for decades.  

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Publishing Institution:IRC-Library, Information Resource Center der Jacobs University Bremen
Granting Institution:Jacobs Univ.
Author:Veronica Bremer
Referee:Isabel Wünsche, Julia Timpe , Harriet Edquist, Regina Göckede
Advisor:Isabel Wünsche
Persistent Identifier (URN):urn:nbn:de:gbv:579-opus-1011016
Document Type:PhD Thesis
Date of Successful Oral Defense:2021/06/08
Date of First Publication:2022/06/22
Academic Department:Social Sciences & Humanities
PhD Degree:History and Theory of Art
Focus Area:Diversity
Other Countries Involved:Australia
Call No:2021/24

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