Art

Anthony White: Lucio Fontana

Peter Hill
09 July 2012

More than just a slasher

Peter Hill

 

Lucio Fontana: Between Utopia and Kitsch
by Anthony White
MIT Press (Footprint Books
), $29.95 hb, 338 pp, 9780262015929

 

Throw the name Lucio Fontana into any dinner table discussion about twentiet ... More

Christopher Menz (ed.): Visions Past and Present

Jane Clark
09 July 2012

Jane Clark

 

Visions Past and Present: Celebrating 40 Years
edited by Christopher Menz
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, $22 pb, 116 pp, 9780734047670

 

Reading this book is like taking a stroll through the exhibition with which it was published to coincide, in the w ... More

Jenny McFarlane: Concerning the Spiritual

Steven Miller
09 July 2012

Steven Miller

 

Concerning the Spiritual: The influence of the Theosophical Society on Australian Artists 1890–1934
by Jenny McFarlane
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $49.95 pb, 225 pp, 9781921875151

 

Jenny McFarlane, in this fascinating study of Theosophical ... More

Four Americans in Paris

Patrick McCaughey
24 May 2012

Patrick McCaughey

 

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
edited by Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Yale University Press (Inbooks), $95 hb, 492 pp, 9780300169416

 

Despite its unre ... More

The world of William Kentridge

Lisa Gorton
23 April 2012

In 1981, William Kentridge journeyed from apartheid South Africa to the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, renowned for its work in improvisation and physical theatre – theatre that creates itself in play. Though Kentridge would become an artist – working in drawing, printing, animation, film, opera, and sculpture – physical theatre and improvisation come closest ... More

Richard Haese: Permanent Revolution

Peter Hill
27 February 2012

‘Bumper on the go-go’

Peter Hill

 

Permanent Revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian Avant-Garde 1953–97
by Richard Haese
Miegunyah Press, $49.99 hb, 304 pp, 9780522860801

 

In August 1999 the Melbourne art collective DAMP staged an argument th ... More

David Rothenberg: Survival of the Beautiful

Ian Gibbins
22 February 2012

Elephant art

Ian Gibbins

 

Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution
by David Rothenberg
Bloomsbury Press, $32.99 pb, 320 pp, 9781408828823

 

David Rothenberg’s formal appellation at the New Jersey Institute of Technology is Professor of ... More

A new orthodoxy for Australian art

Andrew Sayers
23 January 2012

Crossing cultures

Andrew Sayers

 

The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art
edited by Jaynie Anderson
Cambridge University Press, $120 pb, 390 pp, 9781107601581

 

Bernard Smith, who died in September 2011, was responsible for creating the first orthodo ... More

Nick Hordern reviews 'The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays'

Nicholas Hordern
21 January 2012

Simon Leys is the pen name of the distinguished academic Pierre Ryckmans, who came to notice, first as a sinologist, then as a critic and author. The essays in this collection, composed over more than three decades during which Ryckmans held appointments at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, cover a wide range of subjects.

The e ... More

Christopher Reed: Art and Homosexuality

Robert Aldrich
20 January 2012

Who's afraid of Gilbert and George?

Robert Aldrich

 

Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas
by Christopher Reed
Oxford University Press, $64.95 hb, 295 pp, 9780195399073

 

‘One would have to be extremely naïve not to know immediately upon enterin ... More

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