Art

Alisa Bunbury reviews 'A Steady Hand'

Alisa Bunbury
25 October 2012

In 1959, as part of the Rex Nan Kivell collection, the National Library of Australia received a remarkable volume of First Fleet paintings. Inscribed Birds & Flowers of New South Wales, Drawn on the Spot in 1788, ’89 & ’90, it comprises 100 watercolours of birds, flowers, fish, animals, and a small number of Indigenous portraits, and was owned by ... More

Philip Goad on 'JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance'

Philip Goad
25 October 2012

Architectural distinction was conferred upon most Australian towns and cities in the nineteenth century. This was achieved largely through the construction of public buildings designed by architects employed within colonial works departments – a practice that regrettably does not exist anymore. Town halls, post offices, courthouses, hospitals, lunatic asylums, and ... More

Scott McCulloch reviews 'Lost Art'

Scott McCulloch
25 September 2012

Lost Art: Two Essays on Cultural Dysfunction is an absorbing and lyrical journey through the contemporary art world. Combining a sensibility that is both highly critical and deeply personal, Julian Davies and Phil Day analyse what is celebrated and what is forgotten in an increasingly ruthless and commercial industry.

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Ann Stephen reviews the catalogue of artwork by Bea Maddock

Ann Stephen
25 September 2012

Long before the era of digital media, the catalogue raisonné evolved as a virtual art museum to house the oeuvre of a single artist. Such scholarly tomes are known by the French adjective meaning a ‘reasoned’ catalogue, implying a tool for making sense. Thus by assembling each work with precise details on medium, dating, and provenance, an artist’s career can ... More

Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster (eds): All Our Relations

Felicity Fenner
28 August 2012

Felicity Fenner

 

All Our Relations: 18th Biennale of Sydney 2012
edited by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster
Biennale of Sydney, $45 pb, 399 pp, 9780646571997

 

The eighteenth Biennale of Sydney was premised on the establishment of a new paradig ... More

Morag Fraser on 'Michael O’Connell: The Lost Modernist'

Morag Fraser
09 July 2012

So many art books! And too many of them remainder-table compendiums of famous images thinly draped with text. It is refreshing, then, to rediscover an artist who has fallen into the slough that often follows a lifetime flush of reputation, and an art historian tenacious enough to resurrect that artist’s work and milieu.

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Simon Pierse: Australian Art and Artists in London, 1950–1965

Sarah Scott
09 July 2012

Sarah Scott

 

Australian Art and Artists in London, 1950–1965: An Antipodean Summer
by Simon Pierse
Ashgate Publishing,  £70 hb, 314 pp, 9781409420545

 

For a brief period, Australian art enjoyed unprecedented popularity in London, which became home to a ... More

Janet McKenzie: Contemporary Australian Drawing #1

Justin Clemens
09 July 2012

Justin Clemens

 

Contemporary Australian Drawing #1
by Janet McKenzie, with Irene Barberis and Christopher Heathcote
Palgrave Macmillan, $99.95 hb, 240 pp, 9781921394539

 

Just because something is being done right now doesn’t make it contemporary. On the cont ... More

Steven Miller: Dogs in Australian Art

Stella Gray
09 July 2012

Stella Gray

 

Dogs in Australian Art: A New History in Antipodean Creativity
by Steven Miller
Wakefield Press, $39.95 pb, 200 pp, 9781743050170

 

‘As cats are often associated with bookshops, dogs are similarly attracted to art galleries’, according to Steven Miller, hea ... More

Glenn Barkley and Lesley Harding (eds): Ken Whisson

Eileen Chanin
09 July 2012

Eileen Chanin

 

Ken Whisson: As If
edited by Glenn Barkley and Lesley Harding
Heide Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, $35 pb, 175 pp, 9781921330247

 

This catalogue accompanies the current exhibition of Ken Whisson’s work at Melbour ... More

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