Steven Miller: Dogs in Australian Art

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July–August 2012, no. 343

Steven Miller: Dogs in Australian Art

Reviewed by
July–August 2012, no. 343

Stella Gray

 

Dogs in Australian Art: A New History in Antipodean Creativity
by Steven Miller
Wakefield Press, $39.95 pb, 200 pp, 9781743050170

 

‘As cats are often associated with bookshops, dogs are similarly attracted to art galleries’, according to Steven Miller, head of the research library and archive of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and author of Dogs in Australian Art: A New History in Antipodean Creativity. The beagle on the cover sits attentively, head slightly cocked, as if contemplating art. It is not until you turn the book over that you see what the dog is really looking at. David Welch’s wry painting sets the tone for this quirky and intriguing book.

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