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 ...

‘An achievement worth celebrating’

John Kean


The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 1984–2008: Celebrating 25 Years
edited by Sue Bassett
Charles Darwin University Press, $55 pb, 250 pp, 9780980665086


The ...

Betty Churcher: Notebooks

Alan R. Dodge
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

En plein musée

Alan Dodge


by Betty Churcher
Miegunyah Press, $44.95 pb, 256 pp, 9780522858426


In May 1990, Betty Churcher, then director of the National Gallery of Australia, Bill Wright, deputy director of the Art Gallery of New South W ...

David Walsh's private museum in Hobart

Daniel Thomas
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

'It should be so, it must be so'

by Daniel Thomas


David Walsh is a tease; he enjoys wordplay. The founder and owner of the Museum of Old and New Art (he prefers Mona, not MONA) concedes that his private playground is entirely a matter of self-gratification, like ‘the sin of Onan’. Hence the cheeky titles ‘Monanism’ for his ...

Roslyn Russell: The Business of Nature

John Thompson
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Bird Man from Lyme Regis

John Thompson


The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia
by Roslyn Russell
National Library of Australia, $49.95 hb, 224 pp, 9780642276995


When the English zoologist John Gould died in London in February 1881, he was ...