Much has been written about the lives and art of Heide, but finally the remaining members of the inner circle have entrusted the full story to be told through this intimate biography of John and Sunday Reed. Part romance, part tragedy, Modern Love explores the complex lives of these champions of successive generations of Australian artists and writers, detailing their artistic endeavours and passionate personal entanglements.
It is a story of rebellion against their privileged backgrounds and of a bohemian existence marked by extraordinary achievements, intense heartbreak and enduring love. John and Sunday’s was a remarkable partnership that affected all those who crossed the threshold into Heide and which altered the course of art in Australia.
Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan are curators at Heide Museum of Modern Art and have co-authored three books about Heide history: Sunday’s Kitchen: Food and Living at Heide (2010), Sunday’s Garden: Growing Heide (2012) and Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (2015), all published by Melbourne University Publishing in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern Art and the State Library of Victoria.
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