Christopher Menz (ed.): Visions Past and Present

Jane Clark

 

Visions Past and Present: Celebrating 40 Years
edited by Christopher Menz
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, $22 pb, 116 pp, 9780734047670

 

Reading this book is like taking a stroll through the exhibition with which it was published to coincide, in the wonderful company of its thirty-one expert, articulate, and enthusiastic authors. Visions Past and Present: Celebrating 40 Years – as both book and exhibition – celebrates the University of Melbourne’s art museum: launched as the University Art Gallery in 1972 and known since 1998 as the Ian Potter Museum of Art, in Swanston Street, Parkville. The exhibition continues until 26 August (free and open to all). The book – a handbook of collection highlights rather than a catalogue – will have a much longer shelf life.

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