Alan Krell: Burning Issues

Peter Hill
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 ... More

A welcome extension to the National Gallery of Australia

Christopher Menz
16 November 2011

Lightness and clarity

by Christopher Menz


The initial idea was for a new front door at the National Gallery of Australia. At least that is how Ron Radford, director of the Gallery, presented it to the one thousand or so guests in his remarks at the official opening of Andrew Andersons’ and PTW Architects’ Stage One ‘New Look ... More

Terence Maloon (ed.): Paths to Abstraction

Daniel Thomas
16 November 2011

The sources of modernist art in Australia

Daniel Thomas


Paths to Abstraction 1867–1917
edited by Terence Maloon
Art Gallery of New South Wales, $60pb, 296 pp,9781741740561


The Mondrians in Paths to Abstraction 1867–1917, Terence Maloon ... More

Kathie Sutherland: Brett Whiteley

Vivien Gaston
16 November 2011

The mercurial Whiteley, flaws and all

Vivien Gaston


Brett Whiteley: A Sensual Line 1957–67
by Kathie Sutherland
Macmillan Art Publishing, $130 hb, 342 pp, 9781921394379


What to do with Whiteley? Forget the gutsy audacity and visual energy; in Ber ... More

Martin Gayford: Man with a Blue Scarf

Angus Trumble
16 November 2011

Sitting for the spiky, inspired Lucian Freud

Angus Trumble


Man with a Blue Scarf: On sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud
by Martin Gayford
Thames & Hudson, $49.95 pb, 237 pp, 9780500238752


‘I kept thinking: if his face looks like this, wha ... More

Ian Britain (ed.): The Donald Friend Diaries

Patrick McCaughey
16 November 2011

Friend’s masterpiece in a convenient form

Patrick McCaughey


The Donald Friend Diaries: Chronicles & Confessions of an Australian Artist
edited by Ian Britain (foreword by Barry Humphries)
Text Publishing, $45 pb, 490 pp, 9781921656705


For som ... More

Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton: Desert Country; and National Museum of Australia: Yiwarra Kuju

Brenda L. Croft
16 November 2011

Dust from a distant sun

Brenda L. Croft


Desert Country
by Nici Cumpston with Barry Patton
Art Gallery of South Australia, $80 hb, 216 pp, 9781921668043


Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route
by National Museum of Australia ... More

Carol Jerrems

Natalie King
16 November 2011

‘Love is the key word’

by Natalie King


There is so much beauty around us if only we could take the time to open our eyes and perceive it. And then share it. Love is the key word.
(Carol Jerrems, A Book About Australian Women)

In 1973, Carol Jerrems photographed a little girl, ... More

Peter Galassi: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Helen Ennis
16 November 2011

Decisive moments

Helen Ennis


Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
by Peter Galassi
Thames & Hudson and the Museum of Modern Art, $140 hb, 367 pp, 9780500543917



Everyone, I suspect, has a favourite photograph by Henri Cartier ... More

Deborah Edwards, with Denise Mimmocchi, David Thomas and Anne Gérard: Rupert Bunny

Jane Clark
16 November 2011

Contextualising the expatriate Bunny

Jane Clark


Rupert Bunny: Artist in Paris
by Deborah Edwards, with Denise Mimmocchi, David Thomas and Anne Gérard
Art Gallery of New South Wales, $65 pb, 224 pp, 9781741740479


For those who saw the recent Rupert ... More

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