Placed on a coffee table – its likely destination – this handsome book will have its greatest appeal to the idle browser. With its generous illustrations of remarkably beautiful early and antique maps of the world, Matthew Richardson’s book provides an elegant showcase for some singular treasures of ...

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Christopher Menz reviews 'Victorian Visions' by Richard Beresford

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

For an Australian collector to have amassed one substantial and internationally recognised collection of Victorian art during the late twentieth century is unusual. Having parted with the first and replaced it with a second, amassed in the twenty-first, is extraordinary. But then John Schaeffer ...

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Catherine Speck (ed.): Heysen to Heysen

Christopher Menz
Monday, 24 October 2011

Hans and Nora

Christopher Menz


Heysen to Heysen: Selected Letters of Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen
edited by Catherine Speck
National Library of Australia, $49.95 pb, 358 pp, 9780642277305


A thirty-year correspondence between two Australian artists i ...

True believer

Ann Stephen


The Art of Frank Hinder
by Renee Free and John Henshaw, with Frank Hinder
Phillip Mathews, $75hb, 180 pp, 9780977553273


Frank Hinder’s abstractions, light works, and kinetic art have appeared in several ...

The rise of a new religion of beauty

Alison Inglis


The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900
edited by Stephen Calloway and Lynn Federle Orr
V&A Publishing, £40 hb, 288 pp, 9781851776283


‘The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the o ...

Deborah Hart: Fred Williams

Mary Eagle
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Enigmas and variations in Fred Williams

Mary Eagle


Fred Williams: Infinite Horizons
by Deborah Hart
National Gallery of Australia, $39.95 pb, 240 pp, 9780642334237


The writers of two books about Fred Williams published in the 1980s, Patrick McCaugh ...

NGV at 150

Jane Clark


Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria, 50th Edition
edited by Isobel Crombie and Judith Ryan
The Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, $19.95 pb, 168 pp, 0066 7935


This fabulous-looking ...


Paradoxical neglect

Dear Editor,

Patrick McCaughey’s article ‘NativeGrounds and Foreign Fields: The Paradoxical Neglect of Australian Art Abroad’ (June 2011) caught my attention because of its title, then its content. The ...

Christian Witt-Dörring et al.: Vienna

Andrew Montana
Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Vienna on St Kilda Road

Andrew Montana


Vienna: Art and Design: Klimt, Schiele, Hoffmann, Loos
by Christian Witt-Dörring et al.
National Gallery of Victoria, $49.95 pb, 328 pp, 9780724103423


‘Vienna has little to offer its great while they are al ...

Rolf Toman and Thomas Paffen (eds): Ars Sacra

Christopher Menz
Wednesday, 08 June 2011

The print book strikes back

Christopher Menz


Ars Sacra: Christian Art and Architecture of the Western World from the Very Beginning up Until Today
edited by Rolf Toman and Thomas Paffen
h.f. Ullmann, $350 hb, 800 pp, 9783833151408


Who says printed ...