‘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.... (read more)
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 ...... (read more)
Dust from a distant sun
Brenda L. Croft
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 ...
‘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, ...
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
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 ...
Adelaide’s impressive collection of prints
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 ...
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 ...
The force of Dreaming
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 ...
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, ...