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 ...

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 ...