ABR Arts Visual Arts

The Drawing Master: Andrew Sayers' 'Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century'

Tim Bonyhady & Melinda Hinkson
Friday, 24 April 2015

Many good books are published about Australian art, but few change the way we see and understand it. When Andrew Sayers’ ​Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century appeared in August 1994, it immediately did that, as the critic Bruce James was quick to recognise

The last time the National Gallery of Victoria devoted an exhibition to furniture was in 1988 (Featherston Chairs), and only the most dedicated design aficionados will remember the gallery’s most recent group show of furniture design: One Hundred Chairs, back in 1974. Mid-Century Modern, broad in its ambition, covers Australian furniture design i ...

Patrick McCaughey visits the Rijkmuseum

Patrick McCaughey
Friday, 28 February 2014

The Rijksmuseum used to be the dullest of the major European collections. It looked as though Ursula Hoff had painted all the pictures. An air of dowdiness hung over the massive building and crowded collections where the good and the great indiscriminately mixed in with the mediocre in warren-like galleries with an over-supply of the decorative arts.

After y ...

Francesca Sasnaitis takes a tour of 'Melbourne Now'

Francesca Sasnaitis
Sunday, 19 January 2014

‘There’s no time like NOW!’ proclaim the signs.

Inspired by the fond reminiscences of slow tram rides of several Melbourne personalities, whose brief anecdotes are interspersed between the pages of the sumptuous Melbourne Now catalogue (Melbourne Now Limited Edition, National Gallery of Victoria, $100 hb, 280 pp, 978072 ...

Christopher Menz visits 'Living in a Modern Way'

Christopher Menz
Thursday, 28 November 2013

Living in a Modern Way:California Design 1930–1965 is the catalogue accompanying an exhibition of the same name at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2011–12. The exhibition is now showing at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art, after a stint in Seoul.

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Paul Hetherington on the exhibition 'Australia'

Paul Hetherington
Thursday, 31 October 2013

Ninety years after ‘An Exhibition of Australian Art’ was held at Burlington House, London, home of the Royal Academy of Arts, the exhibition Australia opened on 21 September 2013. Touted as the biggest exhibition of Australian art to be staged in the United Kingdom, it is an ambitious undertaking – nothing less than a survey exhibition encapsulati ...

Stephen Benwell: 'Virtuoso in Clay'

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Entering the current Heide exhibition Stephen Benwell: Beauty, Anarchy, Desire – A Retrospective for the first time is quite an experience. Dispersed left and right on two enormous rectangular tables is a chronological survey of the work of one of Australia’s finest ceramic artists. The overview of a remarkable career can be examined in detail as the viewer moves from work to work up ...

Wordly riches at the Barnes

Patrick McCaughey
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

From musty Merion to a new home in Philadelphia

by Patrick McCaughey

 

In mid-May the Barnes Foundation opened at its new location in the cultural corridor of downtown Philadelphia. A cloud of controversy followed it to the end. The new building, handsome if flawed, from the gifted New York studio of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, ha ...

Australian graphic arts at the British Museum

Angus Trumble
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

‘Iron in the mind’

Angus Trumble

 

Out of Australia: Prints and Drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas
by Stephen Coppel
British Museum, £25 pb, 240 pp, 9780714126722

 

The British Museum’s connection with Australia goes right back to 29 Apri ...

Napoleon rules at the NGV

Robert Aldrich
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Triumphalist march on St Kilda Road

Robert Aldrich

 

Napoleon: Revolution to Empire
edited by Ted Gott
National Gallery of Victoria, $49.95 hb, 327 pp, 9780724103560

 

Napoleon came to power as First Consul in 1799 after a coup d’état, having recentl ...

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