Power Publications is delighted to invite you to the Canberra launch of Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith, featuring an author talk by Sheridan Palmer. The talk will be accompanied by an official launch by Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia.



In 2008 the prominent Australian art historian Bernard Smith invited Dr Sheridan Palmer to write his biography. Bringing together years of interviews and insight through exclusive access to Smith’s papers and library, Hegel’s Owl deftly reveals the unique character of an exceptional man, today acknowledged by many as the father of Australian art history.

For those interested in Smith and his writings, and the development of art history in Australia, Hegel’s Owl offers a rich exploration of the life of Australia’s foremost art historian and founding director of the Power Institute.

We look forward to seeing you at the National Library at 6.00pm on 16 June to celebrate our new publication.

Visit our online shop to purchase your copy of Hegel’s Owl.



Thursday 16 June
National Library of Australia
Parkes Pl W, Canberra
Theatre, Lower Ground 1


Purchase tickets online at the National Library of Australia.