Christopher Menz

Christopher Menz reviews 'Extravagant Inventions'

Christopher Menz
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Anyone who has seen one of Röntgen’s ingenious writing desks, where at a single touch many springs and hinges come into motion, so that the writing surface and implements, pigeon holes for letters and money appear simultaneously, or in quick succession … can imagine how that palace unfolded, into which my sweet companion now drew me.
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Christopher Menz reviews 'Michel Roux: The Collection'

Christopher Menz
Thursday, 07 March 2013

Here are two welcome additions to a long list of cookery publications in Australia promoting Gallic cuisine. French or French-style cookery in this country has come a long way since Ted Moloney and Deke Coleman’s charming but slight Oh, for a French Wife! was published by Ure Smith in 1952. Both Michel Roux: The Collection and Diane Holuigue’ ...

Christopher Menz reviews 'Government House Sydney'

Christopher Menz
Thursday, 07 March 2013

Not that many Australian houses lend themselves to being the subject of a 240-page monograph. Whatever their architectural or historical merit, usually there is not enough material to warrant more than a chapter in a larger volume. Our government houses are different: not only do numerous documents and photographs survive in public records, but furnishings sur ...

Christopher Menz reviews 'My Umbrian Kitchen'

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My Umbrian Kitchen – part memoir, part recipe book – reflects the Umbrian-Australian life of its author, Italian-born Patrizia Simone, who, with her husband, opened her first restaurant in Bright in north-eastern Victoria twenty-six years ago. This publication draws on her wealth of experience in the kitchen, decades of cooking, and the rich culi ...

Christopher Menz reviews 'The Cookbook Library'

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Cookbook Library is an eminently readable and informative survey of the development of European (and North American) culinary literature from antiquity until the early nineteenth century, from Greek and Roman texts to Antonin Carême. The project, inspired by Anne Willan and Mark Cherniavsky’s extensive personal cookbook library, draws on Willan’s con ...

Christopher Menz (ed.): Visions Past and Present

Jane Clark
Monday, 09 July 2012

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 w ...

Lightness and clarity

by Christopher Menz

 

The initial idea was for a new front door at the National Gallery of Australia. At least that is how Ron Radford, director of the Gallery, presented it to the one thousand or so guests in his remarks at the official opening of Andrew Andersons’ and PTW Architects’ Stage One ‘New Look ...

Christopher Menz reviews 'Victorian Visions' by Richard Beresford

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

For an Australian collector to have amassed one substantial and internationally recognised collection of Victorian art during the late twentieth century is unusual. Having parted with the first and replaced it with a second, amassed in the twenty-first, is extraordinary. But then John Schaeffer ...

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Rolf Toman and Thomas Paffen (eds): Ars Sacra

Christopher Menz
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

The print book strikes back

Christopher Menz

 

Ars Sacra: Christian Art and Architecture of the Western World from the Very Beginning up Until Today
edited by Rolf Toman and Thomas Paffen
h.f. Ullmann, $350 hb, 800 pp, 9783833151408

 

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