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When Things Started to Move

Inside the Art Market: Australia’s Galleries 1956–1976 by Christopher Heathcote Thames & Hudson, 2016, 368 pages, $49.95 _________________________ Australian newspapers are replete with stories about those Australian art world “stars” John Olsen, Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Jeffrey Smart whose works routinely change hands for six-figure sums. So it is a shock to discover in Christopher Heathcote’s sweeping and highly detailed account of the rise of the Australian commercial galleries between 1956 and 1976, a dealer remembering the now legendary Jeffrey Smart: “He sent over a show from Sydney … although it was awful because he never sold…

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