Outsider artists and the reformulation of Australian art

Anthony White, Professor Charles Green, Grace McQuilten

This ARC Discovery Project (2018-2020) aims to produce an understanding of outsider artists, their lives, their histories, and the socio-historic context in which they made their work. “Outsider artists” includes artists experiencing incarceration, disability, mental illness and other forms of marginalisation. Integration of their work will lead to a deeper understanding of mainstream art in Australia to paint a richer, more complex picture of the history of Australian art. The project will alter the perspective of arts policy and agencies, and of Australian artists themselves.

About Professor Charles Green

Charles Green is Professor of Contemporary Art in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Author of Peripheral Vision (Craftsman House, 1996) and The Third Hand (U Minnesota Press, 2001), he published a history of biennials in contemporary art, Biennials, Triennials and Documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art (Wiley Blackwell, 2016), with Associate Professor Anthony Gardner (Oxford University), assisted by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

Green is one of Australia’s foremost art historians in the area of contemporary international and Australian art, and an authority on biennials, on artist collaborations and on artist teamwork. He is also a well-known artist working always in collaboration with Lyndell Brown since 1989. His research has been supported by a stream of ARC (3 Discovery Projects), Australia Council (5 grants) and other grants and fellowships. He has published 4 widely-praised books, edited 6 books, published 36 book chapters, 18 journal articles and more than 200 essays and reviews in professional journals world-wide, including the world’s leading art journal, Artforum. He has co-edited Australia’s peak art history journal. As an artist he has held 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in 45 curated exhibitions at many of Australia’s leading public art museums.

Charles Green academic profile