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Steven Miller

Steven Miller

Steven Miller is head of the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. His new book, Dogs in Australian Art, is reviewed in the July–August 2012 issue of ABR.

Steven Miller reviews 'Sydney Long: The Spirit of the Land' by Anne Gray

December 2012–January 2013, no. 347 26 November 2012
Symbolist art has received an unusual amount of attention recently. First there was Denise Mimmocchi’s Australian Symbolism: The Art of Dreams at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (which Jane Clark reviewed in the September 2012 issue of ABR). Now Sydney Long: The Spirit of the Land celebrates Australia’s foremost exponent of the movement. Sydney Long (1871–1955) was born in Goulburn, so th ... (read more)

Steven Miller reviews 'Concerning the Spiritual: The influence of the Theosophical Society on Australian Artists 1890–1934' by Jenny McFarlane

July–August 2012, no. 343 09 July 2012
Jenny McFarlane, in this fascinating study of Theosophical influences upon Australian artists, attempts a ‘cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interrogation of modernity’. Rather than viewing modernism in the arts as the progression of a series of ‘isms’, leading by a linear narrative to abstraction, she presents a picture of multiple, interweaving modernisms. Her period of interest exten ... (read more)