Gabriella Coslovich reviews 'What Matters? Talking value in Australian Culture' by Julian Meyrick, Robert Phiddian, and Tully Barnett

Gabriella Coslovich reviews 'What Matters? Talking value in Australian Culture' by Julian Meyrick, Robert Phiddian, and Tully Barnett

What Matters?: Talking value in Australian Culture

by Julian Meyrick, Robert Phiddian, and Tully Barnett

Monash University Publishing, $24.95 pb, 192 pp, 9781925523805

As I sat down to write this review, a media release popped into my email inbox with the excited news that more than 400,000 people had visited the National Gallery of Victoria’s MoMA exhibition over its four-month duration, making it the NGV’s ‘second most attended ticketed exhibition on record’. This large attendance figure was presumably cited as proof of the exhibition’s success. More numbers followed, in quotes attributable to the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, emphasising the importance of the arts to the state’s economy.

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Published in November 2018, no. 406

Gabriella Coslovich

Gabriella Coslovich is a Melbourne author and freelance journalist, specialising in the arts. Her Walkley-winning book of true crime, Whiteley on Trial (2017), centres on a case of alleged art fraud involving paintings in the style of Australian artist Brett Whiteley.

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