Art

Simon Caterson reviews 'Chromatopia: An illustrated history of colour' by David Coles

Simon Caterson
26 December 2018

The story of art could be framed as a narrative of tension between the boundless creative imagination of artists and the practical limitations – including instability, scarcity, even tox More

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

Ron Radford
26 December 2018

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 More

Vivien Gaston reviews 'An introduction to Pontormo' by Jonah Jones

Vivien Gaston
25 June 2018

Having crossed the bustling Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the visitor soon encounters a small piazza with a shaded entrance to the church of Santa Felicita and gladly enters the cool grey sto More

Brigitta Olubas reviews 'Bronwyn Oliver: Strange things' by Hannah Fink

Brigitta Olubas
26 April 2018

Almost twelve years after her death, Bronwyn Oliver (1959–2006) remains one of Australia’s best-known sculptors; her artistic legacy supported by the prolific outputs of an intense and More

A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence (Art Gallery of Western Australia)

Iva Glisic
26 February 2018

The final week of February in Australia means, among other things, that another summer is almost over. Yet in contrast to the fleeting nature of lived experience, a new exhibition at the A More

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

John Rickard reviews 'Collecting for the Nation: The Australiana Fund' edited by Jennifer Sanders

John Rickard
28 November 2017

In 1976, when Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and his wife, Tamie, were on an official visit to the White House in Washington, she was shown the collection of Americana acquired through the More

'A win for Namatjira' by Colin Golvan

Colin Golvan
06 November 2017

Following a concerted media and legal campaign, the Namatjira Legacy Trust has succeeded in securing the ownership of the copyright of Albert Namatjira following a recent resolution of cla More

Johanna Leggatt reviews 'Whiteley on Trial' by Gabriella Coslovich

Johanna Leggatt
26 October 2017

It was the late Robert Hughes who said that ‘apart from drugs, art is the biggest unregulated market in the world’. Journalist Gabriella Coslovich quotes him in her account of the 2016 More

Sophie Knezic reviews 'Biennials, Triennials, and documenta: The exhibitions that created contemporary art' by Charles Green and Anthony Gardner

Sophie Knezic
31 May 2017

Charles Green and Anthony Gardner’s Biennials, Triennials, and Documenta: The exhibitions that created contemporary art represents an apposite study of the biennials and triennials – also known as mega-exhibitions – that are proliferating around the world. Apposite since, with the exception of Bruce Altshuler’s two-volume account from 1863 ... More

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