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 ...

Scott McCulloch reviews 'Lost Art'

Scott McCulloch
Tuesday, 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.


Ann Stephen reviews the catalogue of artwork by Bea Maddock

Ann Stephen
Tuesday, 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 ...

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 ...

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.


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 ...

Janet McKenzie: Contemporary Australian Drawing #1

Justin Clemens
Monday, 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 ...

Steven Miller: Dogs in Australian Art

Stella Gray
Monday, 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 ...

Glenn Barkley and Lesley Harding (eds): Ken Whisson

Eileen Chanin
Monday, 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 ...

Anthony White: Lucio Fontana

Peter Hill
Monday, 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 ...