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George Gittoes art diaries, 1987-2015

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George Gittoes art diaries, 1987-2015

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1DrmJBy9

George Gittoes art diaries, 1987-2015

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George Gittoes art diaries, 1987-2015

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George Gittoes art diaries, 1987-2015

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1987-2015

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MLMSS 9589

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1DrmJBy9
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4.2 metres of textual material (44 boxes)

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Copyright status : In copyright - Life of creator plus 70 years

Copyright holder : George Gittoes

Rights and Restrictions Information : The State Library of New South Wales has the right to reproduce and publish any work it owns by George Gittoes; George Gittoes to be advised of each use. All other uses (not by State Library of New South Wales) must clear copyright with George Gittoes.

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Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy George Gittoes.

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS

Contents

George Gittoes' visual diaries closely reference his lived experience, a montage of recorded memories, observations, and philosophy. They also record Gittoes' extensive travel itinerary in volumes he has created on planes, in bus shelters, refugee camps, battlefields, hotels, great cities of the world, and some of the most remote places on earth. T...

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Purchased from George Gittoes, August 2014

Administrative / Biographical history

George Gittoes, painter, film maker, printmaker, puppeteer, performance artist, was born in Sydney in 1949. He grew up in Rockdale and was educated at Bexley Infants and Primary Schools, Kogarah Boys High and Kingsgrove North High and University of Sydney. A talented drawer, influenced toward art by his mother Joyce and sister Pamela, his early interests also included poetry, Sufism and Islamic culture. He attended the first Power Lecture in May 1968 and met American critic Clement Greenberg, who advised him to travel to New York. There, Gittoes spent time at The Art Students’ League, worked with the African American realist artist Joseph Delaney, met Andy Warhol, and observed the operations of The Factory.

Returning to Sydney in 1969, Gittoes befriended artist Martin Sharp, Albie Thoms and others in their circle. Together they established The Yellow House, based on Van Gogh’s ideal, in 1970 at 59 Macleay Street Potts Point. Gittoes was now a performer and puppeteer and began to create elaborate diaries, visual, collaged and written records of art and ideas. He continued this practice throughout his career, especially in relation to documenting his international expeditions. These diaries are crucial to Gittoes' creative process and are often exhibited alongside his more formal work.

Gittoes moved to Bundeena in 1971 and worked with a group of Aboriginal artists from Mornington Island. Exploring aspects of Aboriginal sensibility, he made paintings, performances, holograms and a film, The Rainbow Way (1977). Gittoes made his first documentary for ABC TV in 1982, Tracks of the Rainbow, then Warriors and Lawmen in 1983. In 1986, Gittoes travelled to Nicaragua to make a war film, The Bullets of the Poets (1987). This initiated a long-term commitment to involve his art with people and cultures in conflict. In 1988, Gittoes’ received his first acceptance in the Sulman Prize and in 1993 was awarded the Wynne Prize with Open Cut. He won the Blake Prize for Religious Art with Ancient Prayer in 1992 and The Preacher in 1995. In 1997 Gittoes was awarded an AM for his services to the arts and international relations. In 2001 he was awarded a Centenary Medal 'for service as an internationally renowned artist’, and in 2008 he received an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of New South Wales.

Gittoes’ paintings, drawings, photographs and films related to human conflict, including The Rwandan Genocide (1994) and 'The War on Terror' in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and United States (ca. 2001-ca. 2013), led to international recognition. He is a nomadic artist, living and working in Cambodia, Rwanda, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Bosnia, East Timor, Palestine, Congo, South Africa, Lebanon, Chechnya, Western Sahara, Yemen, Iraq, United States of America, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Norway and Germany. Gittoes’ practice of travelling to combat zones and engaging with soldiers, civilians and victims, his use of cross media, his adaption of journalistic methods of access and image gathering, combined with independent artistic interpretation and publication of the realized work through mass media, is all unparalleled in contemporary art practice.

References: Compiled from the collection and www.gittoes.com/bio (viewed 28/08/14)...

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1DrmJBy9

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