This work by J.W. Power appears in one of his numerous sketchbooks held by the National Library.

Perhaps the most successful expatriate Australian artist of the interwar years, Power’s art is little know, primarily because he lived and worked in London and Paris. As part of the group Abstraction–Création, Power was closely associated with other avant-garde artists of the period.

The Library’s latest exhibition, Abstraction–Création: J.W. Power in Europe 1921–1938, brings together, for the first time, Power’s sketchbooks from the National Library’s collection with his paintings from the University of Sydney.

Find out more on page 2.

In this issue

  • Abstraction–Création: J.W. Power in Europe 1921–1938
    A.D.S. Donaldson and Ann Stephen examine the life and work of artist J.W. Power, the subject of the Library’s latest exhibition

  • Colonial Mascots: Continuing a Regimental Tradition
    Over a century ago, the New South Wales Lancers set sail for England for training. They took some unusual companions with them, as Craig Wilcox relveals
  • The Australian National Review: A Brave Cultural Venture in an Embryonic City
    Patricia Clarke peruses the pages of a short-lived, but remarkable, Australian journal
  • Politically Speaking: Interviews with Parliamentarians
    Oral histories can capture the realities and nuances of political life that are rarely recorded in print, as Barry York discovers
  • The East Indies: Hidden Reefs, Hidden Dangers and Alexander Dalrymple’s Response
    Colin Simpson examines the work of an English chartmaker
  • Marcus Clarke, Communards and Convicts
    The author of For the Term of His Natural Life had a real-life encounter with a convict escapee, as Barry McGowan reveals