Letters to the Editor

Boyd’s ‘Brides’ and other matters

Apolitical Brides SIR: I am grateful to Christopher Heathcote for his thorough dismissal (March 2016) of attempts by feminist academics and curators to reinterpret and politicise Arthur Boyd’s Bride series. The Angry Penguins painters believed in artistic autonomy. They were deliberately apolitical, partly because they believed that art transcended politics and partly because of their bitter fight and narrow victory over the communist Realists in the Contemporary Art Society who demanded social, as opposed to individual and personal, “responsibility”. Attempts to politicise the Bride series serve only to diminish the original vision of Arthur Boyd, whose creative force came out…

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