Christopher Menz

Christopher Menz reviews 'Featherston' by Geoff Isaac

Christopher Menz
27 December 2017

Grant Featherston (1922–95), the most prominent and successful furniture designer working in postwar Australia, is noted for his moulded, upholstered plywood modernist chairs from the 19 More

Christopher Menz reviews 'Rayner Hoff: The life of a sculptor' by Deborah Beck

Christopher Menz
26 October 2017

Rayner Hoff, the most significant sculptor to work in Australia between the wars, is most admired for his sculptures in the Anzac war memorials in Sydney and Adelaide. His work was in the More

Christopher Menz reviews 'The Oxford Companion to Cheese' edited by Catherine Donnelly

Christopher Menz
26 February 2017

The Oxford Companion to Cheese is an impressive undertaking with masses of fascinating and informed writing, and many illustrations on a delicious subject. It takes us from the origins of cheese – seventh millennium BCE – to the most recent technological developments. The scope is broad: as Catherine Donnelly notes in her introduction, there are 325 con ... More

2016 Arts Highlights of the Year

John Allison et al.
26 October 2016

To highlight Australian Book Review’s arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year’s memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and art exhibitions, we invited a gr More

Christopher Menz reviews 'Australia: A German traveller in the age of gold' by Friedrich Gerstäcker

Christopher Menz
23 September 2016

Formerly only known to historians and specialists, either in the original German or the author's abridged translation, Friedrich Gerstäcker's Australian travelogue (1854), based on ...

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Letter from America

Christopher Menz
09 May 2016

Los Angeles – city of freeways, studios, hotels, and endless sunshine – is also home to some great art collections and notable architecture, the latter spanning much of the twentieth c More

Christopher Menz reviews 'Food in Art: From Prehistory to the Renaissance' by Gillian Riley

Christopher Menz
30 March 2016

Food in history is a tantalising thing. Although we may have recipes, firsthand descriptions, and images, we can never be sure how things really looked or tasted. Much of the work of food historians has been focused on creative use of available sources, not to provide facsimile meals, but to gain insight into the cultural role of food of the past. Two recent books e ... More

Vingts Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (Melbourne Recital Centre) ★★★★★ and Sir Andrew Davis Conducts Mahler 5 (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) ★★★★1/2

Christopher Menz
21 March 2016

Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (Twenty Contemplations on the Christ Child) was written in 1944 by Olivier Messiaen (1908–92) for his muse, subsequent wife, and dedicatee More

The Greats (Art Gallery of New South Wales)

Christopher Menz
21 December 2015

In an age of blockbusters and ever bigger and grander exhibitions, The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland puts a compelling case for 'less is more'. This More

Maxim Vengerov (Musica Viva)

Christopher Menz
09 December 2015

In a program spanning two hundred years of violin playing – from Bach to Ravel via Beethoven, Ernst, Paganini, and Ysaÿe, with encores by Brahms and Massenet – Maxim Vengerov enthrall More

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