A tale of twin gold rushes and transoceanic eucalyptus trees

I came across a handsome new art theory book at the library yesterday entitled Images of the Pacific Rim: Australia and California 1850-1935 by Erika Esau. It is part of a four-book series on Australian art and art theory, published by the University of Washington Press.

So what does Australia have in common with California? Apparently, a lot. The two regions have shared an artistic aesthetic for the last two hundred years, due to a similar climate and a common place on the Pacific periphery. Art historian Erika Esau takes us on a visual tour of the photography, graphic art, and architecture that has led to an extraordinary cross-cultural exchange, and the development of a “Pacific Rim” sensibility in art. I am very much looking forward to reading the other three books in this series, shown below.