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, ...

Exchanges in a two-way street

Peter Hill


The Revolutionary Century: Art in Asia 1900–2000
by Alison Carroll
Macmillan Art Publishing, $99 hb, 208 pp, 9781921394171


Every 23 Days: 20 Years Touring Asia
edited by Sarah Bo ...

Robyn Maxwell: Life, Death and Magic

Carol Cains
Tuesday, 15 November 2011


Carol Cains


Life, Death and Magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art
by Robyn Maxwell
National Gallery of Australia, $69.95 hb, 256 pp, 9780642334152


Imagine living in a world also inhabited by the spirits of the ancestors, whose ...

Rob Haysom: Arnold Shore

Felicity St John Moore
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Immediate landscapes

Felicity St John Moore


Arnold Shore: Pioneer Modernist
by Rob Haysom
Macmillan Art Publishing, $99 hb, 144 pp, 9781921394249


Arnold Shore: Pioneer Modernist, by Rob Haysom, fills in the gap between late Impressionism, ...

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 ...