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Rex Butler



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Dr Rex Butler is an art historian, writer and Professor (Art History & Theory).

His research interests include Australian art and art criticism, Post-War American art and Critical Theory. Rex Butler has recently completed a book, Outside In:10 Essays on UnAustralian Art, with ADS Donaldson and edited a selection of Bernard Smith's writings, Antipodean Perspective, with Sheridan Palmer. He is currently writing a book on Stanley Cavell and the Arts.

He is the author or editor of eleven books, including What is Appropriation?(1996), Jean Baudrillard: The Defence of the Real (1999), A Secret History of Australian Art (2002), Slavoj Zizek: Live Theory (2005), Borges' Short Stories: A Reader's Guide (2010) and Deleuze and Guattari's What is Philosophy?: A Reader's Guide (2015).

Research area keywords

  • Art History
  • Art Criticism
  • Art Theory

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Memo Review - Growth and Consolidation

Butler, R.


Project: Research

Memo Review

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Project: Research

Research Output

Duchamp and Australia in opposition

Butler, R. & Donaldson, A. D. S., 2020, Artlink, 40, 1, p. 60-67 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

John Nixon's 'Laziness'

Butler, R., 2020, The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-Work Politics. Attwood, D. & Russell, F. (eds.). Southbank, Vic, Australia: A+A Publishing, p. 167-179 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Research

How to do things with words: Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley's Word Works

Butler, R., 2019, Eyeline, 91, p. 50-55 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

'In the Beginning': Janet Burchill's Word Works

Butler, R., 2019, Bulleen, Vic, Australia: Heide Museum of Modern Art. 4 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

On Vanishing Land (2013) The Eerie, W. G. Sebald, and English Hauntology

Butler, R., 2019, The Persistence of Melancholia in Arts and Culture. Bubenik, A. (ed.). New York, NY, USA: Routledge, p. 94-106 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Public lecture: 'Various Responses - Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065'

Helen Hughes (Contributor), Rex Butler (Contributor)
14 Apr 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

THE AUSTRALIAN: 'Review: Scholar was creative in exploring history'

Rex Butler & Sheridan Palmer


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature