Australian art abroad

Patrick McCaughey
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The paradoxical neglect of Australian art abroad

by Patrick McCaughey


Twenty years ago, when I was at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, I heard of an Arthur Boyd exhibition in SoHo. Recklessly, without seeing the show, I urged my American friends to see one of Australia’s foremost contemporary painters. The gallery, unknown to ...

Alexandra Harris: Romantic Moderns

Frances Spalding
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Reviving native traditions, in modern ways

Frances Spalding


Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper
by Alexandra Harris
Thames & Hudson, $49.95 hb, 320 pp, 9780500251713


Romantic Mode ...

Tim Bonyhady: Good Living Street

Evelyn Juers
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Leaving Vienna, city of windows

Evelyn Juers


by Tim Bonyhady
Allen & Unwin, $35 pb, 464 pp, 9781742371467


Would it be indulgent to invoke Leonard Cohen? It’s just that his song ‘Take Th ...

This fascinating, complex book relies for its success on the simplest of ideas and methodologies. Its publication was the necessary and inevitable follow-on from the hugely successful BBC Radio 4 series, when, over twenty weeks, British Museum (BM) director Neil MacGregor presented short, daily radio commentaries ...

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Ruth Pullin: Eugene von Guérard

Mary Eagle
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Poetry in von Guérard

Mary Eagle


Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed
edited by Ruth Pullin
National Gallery of Victoria, $49.95, 302 pp, 9780724103409


This is the second major retrospective of the art of Eugene von Guérard (1811–1901). In 1980 ...

Silas Clifford-Smith: Percy Lindsay

Christopher Menz
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The overlooked Lindsay

Christopher Menz


Percy Lindsay: Artist & Bohemian
by Silas Clifford-Smith
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $59.95 pb, 156 pp, 9781921509896


Percy Lindsay was the eldest and least well-known of the remarkable Lindsay broth ...

Angela Goddard (ed.): Art, Love and Life

Anne Gray
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A rare artistic partnership

Anna Gray


Art, Love and Life: Ethel Carrick and E. Phillips Fox
edited by Angela Goddard
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, $45 pb, 174 pp, 9781921503191


Art, Love and Life accompanies the exhibition ...

Anne Marsh: Look

Helen Ennis
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

All that swagger

Helen Ennis


Look: Contemporary Photography Since 1980
by Anne Marsh
Macmillan Art Publishing, $130 hb, 399 pp, 9781921394102


This is a wonderfully ambitious book. There has been no other publication on Australian art photography th ...

Jane Messenger: Patricia Piccinini

Wendy Walker
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Cautionary tales

Wendy Walker


Patricia Piccinini: Once Upon a Time ...
by Jane Messenger
Art Gallery of South Australia, $75 hb, 148 pp, 9781921668050


Encompassing installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, and the moving image, Patricia Piccinini’s fifteen-year survey exhi ...

Edmund de Waal: The Hare with Amber Eyes

Angus Trumble
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The global taste for Japanese art

Angus Trumble


The Hare With Amber Eyes: A hidden inheritance
by Edmund de Waal
Vintage, $24.95 pb, 364 pp, 9780099539551


The Hare With Amber Eyes tells the migration story of ‘a very large collection of ...