Bilingual Australian Art Book Launched in Shanghai

Austrade recently hosted the launch of Australia’s first Chinese-English bilingual guide to Australian art and art galleries at a gala event at the Australian pavilion at World Expo.

The coffee table-style book, A Guide to Australian Art and Galleries, is a joint initiative by Australian and Chinese organisations aimed at promoting some of Australia’s prominent fine art institutions and works to Chinese art connoisseurs and collectors. It contains input from member galleries of the Australian Commercial Art Galleries Association – Australia’s leading national body representing commercial art galleries – and is supported by Austrade. It includes an overview of the history of Australian art and sections on public and commercial art galleries.

“A country’s art has the potential to reveal the soul of a people, and I hope that this publication can foster greater understanding of Australia and deepen the already strong exchanges between our two countries,” said Ms Lyndall Sachs, Commissioner General for Australia at the launch of the book at World Expo.

It is hoped the guide will become a useful tool for Chinese collectors in their navigation of the Australian contemporary art market.

Australia’s visual arts market has annual sales of more than $A300 million – with around 20 percent of this being exported to overseas markets.

A limited number of A Guide to Australian Art and Galleries are available at local Xinhua book stores.

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