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'Tony Woods: Archive' - a new book documenting the fifty year career of Australian contemporary artist and filmmaker Tony Woods

BY Clea Woods | 05-Jun-2013
This 239 page hardback volume presents an illuminating evaluation of Woods' artistic achievement since he commenced exhibiting in the early 1960s. Richly illustrated, it contains 198 reproductions of his artwork dating from 1962 to the present day with the majority from Woods' private collection. Also featured is previously unseen written correspondence received during the artists' five decade career.

Born in Hobart in 1940, Anthony (Tony) David Woods developed an interest in the visual at an early age. Initially focusing on landscape watercolours, he soon became interested in figurative work. In 1968 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship, spending two years living and working in New York City where he developed an interest in abstraction, inspired by the environment around him. Following the loss of his entire New York studio due to a fire, Woods returned to Australia. Starting afresh, Woods recommenced painting and in later years developed an interest in super 8, video and sound recording. Since 1962, Woods has staged many solo exhibitions across Australia and has been featured in numerous significant group exhibitions. Woods is represented in major public, institutional and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Edited by the curator Andrew Gaynor, contributors to this volume include : Australian arts critic and fiction writer Lesley Chow; trans-disciplinary artist Phil Edwards; independent curator and art historian Dr Sheridan Palmer; poet and architect Alex Selenitsch; artist Dr Gary Willis; and freelance writer Jake Wilson. Each writer analyses a particular aspect of Woods' extensive and varied practice.

Enclosed within each copy of Tony Woods: Archive is a DVD featuring 'Work for the Eyes to Do', a 55 minute documentary on Tony Woods' life and career, as well as eight of Woods' Super 8 films.

To be launched at Block Projects in Melbourne on Sunday August 18 , Tony Woods: Archive will be distributed by Australian Scholarly Publishing (ASP) to all good bookstores and will retail at $79.95.