Ron Radford reviews 'Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening our eyes' by Joanna Mendelssohn et al.

Ron Radford reviews 'Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening our eyes' by Joanna Mendelssohn et al.

Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening our eyes

by Joanna Mendelssohn et al.

Thames & Hudson, $100 hb, 415 pp, 9780500501214

This well-illustrated volume documents through its analysis of art exhibitions the massive rise of Australia’s art gallery attendances over a period of more than forty years. Before the late 1960s, only a few hundred thousand people visited Australian galleries each year; now many millions flock to them. The popularity is largely attributable to well-promoted special exhibitions. This book concentrates on exhibitions of Australian art and demonstrates how curators and directors helped to rewrite Australia’s venerable art history.

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Ron Radford

Ron Radford

Ron Radford has worked in art galleries for forty-three years and was the director of the National Gallery of Australia and before that the director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. He was an inaugural board member and deputy chair of the National Portrait Gallery and has been chair of the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council. Dr Radford is a trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

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