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 ...

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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