Glenn Barkley and Lesley Harding (eds): Ken Whisson

Eileen Chanin


Ken Whisson: As If
edited by Glenn Barkley and Lesley Harding
Heide Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, $35 pb, 175 pp, 9781921330247


This catalogue accompanies the current exhibition of Ken Whisson’s work at Melbourne’s Heide Museum and, later, at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition and catalogue are a joint exercise by MCA curator Glenn Barkley and Heide’s Lesley Harding. As with most exhibition catalogues, it offers an artist’s statement; a Foreword (by MCA director, Elizabeth Anne Macgregor); a 10,000-word curatorial essay; a list of works; biographical notes, listing Whisson’s exhibitions and the collections that represent his work; a Bibliography, detailing references to Whisson; and Acknowledgments. All of the works in the exhibition are reproduced in thumbnail illustrations, and more than sixty paintings and twenty drawings are reproduced in larger colour plates. Also featured is an interview that Whisson gave to Sydney-based artist (and friend) Joe Frost in 2009. All this comes in a modestly sized catalogue that has been crisply designed by Liz Cox.

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Eileen Chanin

Eileen Chanin

Eileen Chanin is the author of Book life: The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell (2011). In the 1970s she exhibited Ken Whisson’s work at Macquarie Galleries.

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