Bea Maddock: Catalogue Raisonné Volume I 1951–1983
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, $99 hb, 302 pp, 9780977595563
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.