‘I kept thinking: if his face looks like this, what must his balls look like?’ David Hockney’s assessment of the craggy countenance of W.H. Auden is clipped and convenient, but I suspect Auden would have been far more interesting on the subject of sitting for Hockney. Given the concentration and quality of the encounters between English portrait painters or sculptors and their subjects, it is slightly odd that more writers have not published accounts of the experience of sitting for their portrait.

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Patrick McCaughey reviews 'The Donald Friend Diaries' by Ian Britain

Patrick McCaughey
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

For some sixty years Donald Friend kept a diary, making his final entry just days before his death in 1989 at the age of seventy-four. The National Library of Australia published them in four massive volumes between 2001 and 2006. They were intractable. You needed an axe to cut through the stream of consciousness which flowed from an uncensoring pen ...

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Dust from a distant sun

Brenda L. Croft


Desert Country
by Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton
Art Gallery of South Australia, $80 hb, 216 pp, 9781921668043


Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route
by National Museum of Australia ...

Carol Jerrems

Natalie King
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

‘Love is the key word’

by Natalie King


There is so much beauty around us if only we could take the time to open our eyes and perceive it. And then share it. Love is the key word.
(Carol Jerrems, A Book About Australian Women)

In 1973, Carol Jerrems photographed a little girl, ...

Peter Galassi: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Helen Ennis
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Decisive moments

Helen Ennis


Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
by Peter Galassi
Thames & Hudson and the Museum of Modern Art, $140 hb, 367 pp, 9780500543917



Everyone, I suspect, has a favourite photograph by Henri Cartier ...

Contextualising the expatriate Bunny

Jane Clark


Rupert Bunny: Artist in Paris
by Deborah Edwards, with Denise Mimmocchi, David Thomas and Anne Gérard
Art Gallery of New South Wales, $65 pb, 224 pp, 9781741740479


For those who saw the recent Rupert ...

Maria Zagala: A Beautiful Line

Justin Clemens
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Adelaide’s impressive collection of prints

Justin Clemens


A Beautiful Line: Italian Prints from Mantegna to Piranesi
by Maria Zagala
Art Gallery of South Australia, $45 pb, 490 pp, 9781921656705


One of the notable things about living in a small c ...

Helen Ennis: Frank Hurley's Antarctica

Isobel Crombie
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Polar pioneer

Isobel Crombie


Frank Hurley’s Antarctica
by Helen Ennis
National Library of Australia, $24.95 hb, 141 pp, 9780642276988


In the relatively small field of Australian photographic publishing, Frank Hurley has attracted more than his sh ...

Vivien Johnson: Once Upon a Time in Papunya

Ian McLean
Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The force of Dreaming

Ian McLean


Once Upon a Time in Papunya
by Vivien Johnson
New South, $34.95 pb, 400 pp, 9781742230078


The most widely known story of Australian art is about the beginnings of Papunya Tula. It has, says Vivien Johnson, been ‘r ...

Peter Ward: Khai Liew

Wendy Walker
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Refined restraint

Wendy Walker


Khai Liew
by Peter Ward
Wakefield Press, $45 hb, 104 pp, 9781862548954


An appropriately elegant publication, Khai Liew is the eleventh in the Wakefield Press series of monographs on South Australian artists, ...