Christopher Menz (ed.): Visions Past and Present

Jane Clark
Monday, 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 ...

Jenny McFarlane: Concerning the Spiritual

Steven Miller
Monday, 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 ...

Four Americans in Paris

Patrick McCaughey
Thursday, 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 ...

The world of William Kentridge

Lisa Gorton
Monday, 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 ...

Richard Haese: Permanent Revolution

Peter Hill
Monday, 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 ...

David Rothenberg: Survival of the Beautiful

Ian Gibbins
Wednesday, 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 ...

A new orthodoxy for Australian art

Andrew Sayers
Monday, 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 ...

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 ...

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Christopher Reed: Art and Homosexuality

Robert Aldrich
Friday, 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 ...

Alan Krell: Burning Issues

Peter Hill
Thursday, 24 November 2011

Fire as a strong painter

Peter Hill


Burning Issues: Fire in Art and the Social Imagination
by Alan Krell
Reaktion Books (UNSW Press), $54.95 hb, 224 pp, 9781861898562


On the evening of 24 May 2004, fire destroyed hundreds of works of art stored in ...