Mirrors and a dark, brilliant imagination

Bea Maddock: Catalogue Raisonné Volume I 1951–1983

edited by Daniel Thomas

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, $99 hb, 302 pp, 9780977595563

Ann Stephen

Ann Stephen

Ann Stephen is Senior Curator at the University Art Gallery and University Art Collection, The University of Sydney. She has worked for

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Long before the era of digital media, the catalogue raisonné evolved as a virtual art museum to house the oeuvre of a single artist. Such scholarly tomes are known by the French adjective meaning a ‘reasoned’ catalogue, implying a tool for making sense. Thus by assembling each work with precise details on medium, dating, and provenance, an artist’s career can be fully understood and any attribution can be tested.

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Published in October 2012 no. 345

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