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In 2003 Eleonora Triguboff became publisher and editor-in-chief of Art & Australia. In this role, she developed initiatives such as the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Bank Contemporary Art Award and the Gertrude Contemporary and Art & Australia Emerging Writers Program. After 13 years as the Publishing Editor of Art & Australia our Chairman Ms Eleonora Triguboff gifted the magazine to Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). This is one of the first actions of the ARTAND Foundation. VCA Director, Professor Su Baker and Professor Edward Colless will lead the new iteration.
Vol 52 No 2 Winter 2015
ARTAND’s first digital issue surveyed the 2016 Venice Biennale, Australian artists Mike Parr, Fiona Hall and Sam Leach. We looked at private art foundations in the United Kingdom and explored art and wealth in Shanghai, China. UAP, or Urban Art Projects, were profiled. Articles on early career artists Jamie North, Tony Albert and David Capra preceded an essay by Rhana Devenport. Our Publisher and Editor, Eleonora Triguboff interviewed Anne Flanagan on her departure from the Art Gallery of NSW after decades of service. Artforum Editor and this edition’s cover artist Jeff Gibson’s work and relationship to technology was considered. We turned our gaze to the collection of Janet Holmes A Court and the personal histories of Marcel Duchamp and Monique Fong before closing the issue with the work of Eric Bridgeman and Nike Savvas.
Vol 52 Number 1 Summer 2014
ARTAND’s last printed edition before we gifted the magazine and our 50+ year archive to Melbourne University. Pop culture and the occult was a thematic thread in this issue that was rich in essays and interviews. We charted the iconography of Reko Rennie, operatic compositions of Gajin Fujita, political-scapes of Punkasila as well as global and unapologetic collaborations in art and fashion. Artists who mine the mysterious, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Tony Garfalakis, Stan Hopewell and Jess Johnson featured in addition to cover artist Patricia Piccinini.
Vol 51 Number 4 Winter 2014
The beauty of imperfection combined with raw gutsiness leads the way in this issue. Artists both fusing and disembodying notions of craft to counterbalance the rise of digital medium was a focus. We included Callum Morton, Jens Hoffman, Chris Saines, Brendan Huntly, Angela Brennan, Nyurpaya Kaika-Burton, Shinichi Sawada and Jasmin Stephens. In new additions to the magazine we saw Darren Sylvester deliver a photographic essay on the Michael Buxton Collection and joined with the Red Room Company pairing artists and poets to create new work in dialogue.
Vol 51 Number 3 Autumn 2014
The depiction of war has long taken centre stage in the history of art. From Mesopotamian tablets to Goya’s etchings. This issue considers our contemporary grappling with worldwide conflict. Alongside the print edition we launched a comprehensive Australasian news website and created a digital doorway to our archive of 50+ of magazines for subscribers, art lovers and researchers. In the magazine contributors and essays included Juliana Enberg, Yael Bartana, Chris Dercon, Jurgen Mayer, Akram Zaatari, Robert Capucci and Khadim Ali. A special project showcased Juan Davila’s practice and we took a closer look at the work of Parastou Forouhar.
Vol 51 Number 2 Summer 2013
The cities of Melbourne and Los Angeles are joined by ocean, by air and, here, by art. In this issue we consider the art of both contexts as well as how museums are tackling their futures. Museum director Michael Govan and architect Sean Godsell present different views on the topic, while Gene Sherman charts the success of the Tel Aviv Musuem of the Art recent development. An ongoing project where we present collectors through the artist’s lens pairs Heath Franco photographing MOP’s Ron and George Adams.
Vol 51 Number 1 Spring 2013
In the spring of ARTAND’s fifty-first year we welcomed an expanded discourse on local and international visual culture as well as a new design for the magazine, with thanks to Fabio Ongarato Design. As geographical borders have been eclipsed in an increasingly connected world, the traditional barriers between artistic disciplines blur, shift and merge. Notable artists, thinkers and authors include Walter van Beirendonck, Simryn Gill, Hou Hanru, Eko Nugroho, Huma Bhabha, Atelier van Lieshout and Amanda Marburg.
Vol 50 Number 4 Winter 2013
Celebrating 50 years of Art & Australia. This issue surveyed the past while looking to the future of Art & Australia with a new design on the horizon. Contents included an interview between Sam Ure Smith and Leon Paroissien, article by John Olsen, timelines of the 1970s and following decades as well as text on Mervyn Horton, Elwyn Lynn and notes on our commercial supporters. Essays included Michael Brand in conversation with Anna Waldman, Terry Smith on ‘Museum Futures’ and Donna McColm on the ‘Children’s Art Centre’. Other notable artists in focus and writers, are, but not limited to, Daniel Thomas, Gunter Chirstmann, Jude Rae, Juliana Engberg, Nicholas Folland and Djon Mundine on Daniel Boyd.
Vol 50 Number 3 Autumn 2013
Chicks on Speed, 13 Rooms by Kaldor Public Art Projects, Mike Parr, Sriwhana Spong, Anish Kapoor and Pussy Riot were considered in this issue which focussed on performance. Art & Australia also presented essays from Justin Paton, Barry Pearce and shared Tony Ellwood and Anna Waldmann in conversation.
Vol 50 Number 2 Summer 2012
For Summer 2012 Art & Australia considered the domestic as a concept and a space; its construct, its shifting character across cultures, and its value. With a work by Graham Fletcher on the cover we continued to explore the creativity of our neighbours and practice at home covering the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial, Joana Vasconcelos, Theaster Gates, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro. The issue also held tributes to Robert Hughes and Adam Cullen.
Vol 50 Number 1 Spring 2012
This issue was dedicated to the notion of ‘Sense of Place’, which was seen as something essentially emotional rather than geographical. Just as the desire persists to view the land from afar, keeping it at a comfortable distance as a generation of artists did, so there is the alternative instinct to explore it from the interior – to burrow from within. The practice of Jenny Sages, G.W. Bot, Caroline Rothwell were considered among others. In addition we considered the 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, Whitney Biennial and Redlands Westpac Art Prize.
Vol 49 Number 4 Winter 2012
We begin with a hallucination, follow with a series of artistic daydreams and reveries, zig-zag through time, stop along the way for a dose of everyday surrealism, and find ourselves, at story’s end, jolted back in the here and now. A seamless interweave of dream and reality forms the basic of the Winter issue of Art & Australia. Artists and writers included Sebastian Moody, Ai Weiwei, Gregory Burke, Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Susan Best, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Justene Williams, Mark Feary and others.
Vol 49 Number 3 Autumn 2012
In dedicating this March edition of Art & Autralia to women artists, we have been wrestling with many issues. Thankfully art mistrusts definitive answers, but in posing these questions we hope to take readers closet to the essence of today’s feminism – something that is ineffable and yet enduring and all the while expressly female. In our pages we look at the diverse and multi-national practices of Sally Gabori, Yayoi Kusama, Brown Council, Marina Abramovic, Nalini Malani and Julie Rrap. On a different note, the issue also pays tribute to Australia’s longest-serving gallery director, Edmund Capon.
Vol 49 Number 2 Summer 2011
We introduced this issue with the following statement; Dressed in black leathers, armed with a shotgun and accompanied by a trusty blue heeler, Max Rockatansky continues to stalk our dreams. This lone figure first loomed on the horizon in George Miller’s seminal sci-fi film Mad Max (1979) and over thirty years later, Max’s world of barely controlled environmental, physical and emotional chaos bears an ever-closer resemblance to our contemporary reality.
Artists in this issue that explored the apocalyptic and binary elements of our existence included Lindy Lee, Shen Shaomin, Stephen Bush, Richard Goodwin, Ryan Trecartin, Franz West, Joanna Langford and others.
Vol 49 Number 1 Spring 2011
While beauty has been central in the formulation of Western thought for centuries, these days, as art addresses a multitude of conflicting realities, we ask: can such a simplistic notion hold sway? Looking through this issue on beauty the answer to such a question can be both straightforward and complex. We approach beauty from a myriad of directions, realising it can be most truthfully appreciated when we're caught off guard. The issue considered the work of Michael Zavros, AES+F, Peter Stichbury, Richard Orjis, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, and many more.
Vol 48 Number 4 Winter 2011
‘Breaking free of artistic restraints’ is the overarching narrative of this issue, illuminating the fluidity and life force that exists between the creative mediums of art, dance, music and fashion. As such, the collaboration between Romance Was Born and artists Nell & Vanila Netto features as the issue’s incredibly successful ‘Artist project’. Continuing the focus on art as existing in a number of expressions, the works of Marco Fusinato, collaborative duo ‘A Constructed World’ (ACW), Arthur Mcintyre, Marc Newson and Nick Cave are discussed by Emily Cormack, Chris Sharp, Glenn Barkley, Belinda Luscombe and Amy Karafin.
Vol 48 Number 3 Autumn 2011
“Who I am is constantly changing” - Cate Blanchett. This issue is dedicated to the art of Portraiture – the push and pull, the act of commemoration and recollection, the contextualisation of contemporary within the traditional. Marking the 90th anniversary of the Archibald Prize, the Artist Project this issue includes commissioned work of all that happens behind the scenes by Kevin Connor, THE twice Archibald Winner and AGNSW trustee. Featured artists and writers include: Tracey Emin, Yasumasa Morimura, David Rosetzky, Alice Neel, Glenn Sorensen, Fiona Pardington, Angus Trumble; Craig Judd, Dr. Sarah Engledow, Jeremy Lewison, Maura Reilly, Andrew Maerkle and Rhana Devenport.
Vol 48 Number 2 Summer 2010
A medium often ‘underappreciated and overlooked’ - this issue explores all that sculpture encompasses, with its paradoxically timeless and contemporary essence. Artists featured include two modern masters of the medium: Louise Bourgeois and Clement Meadmore; Paul Selwood, Peter Robinson, as well as essayist Reuben Keehan and a special cover design (and the issue’s featured Artist Project) by John Baldessari.
Vol 48 Number 1 Spring 2010
Beginning with a description of landscape as “rendered, idealised and romanticised”, the issue shifts with a sense of urgency to its darker elements, such as its precarious nature and its destruction by industry. As such, the issue is dedicated to artists who are sounding the environmental alarm. Featured artists and writers include: Peter Dombrovskis, Gulumbu Yunupingu, John Pule, Charwei Tsai, Imants Tilliers, Richard Flanagan, Ian Burn, Jarrod Rawlins and Lisa Radford.
Vol 47 Number 4 Winter 2010
This special issue of Art & Australia was dedicated to the life and service of Nick Waterlow, who tragically passed away. Family, friends and colleagues were enlisted to contemplate his legacy; while historians Rex Butler and Laurence Simmons haven written about Nick’s favourite painting by Colin McCahon, Victory over Death 2. Illuminating Nick’s gifts as a curator, guardian and overseer – the issue intends for us to pause and question the role of Art in life, while being stimulated and inspired.
Vol 47 Number 3 Autumn 2010
Beginning the editor’s note with: “It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the familiar”… we are introduced to the maxim of Rebecca Solnit; one that subsequently guided curators Charlotte Day and Sarah Tutton on their 2010 vision for the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art ‘Before & After Science’. Borrowed from Brian Eno’s 1977 album, Associate Curator of Melbourne centre for contemporary art (Day) and Art & Australia’s Melbourne Editor (Tutton) were specially commissioned to ‘get lost’ making this issue, amplifying the Biennial theme with intrigue, improvisation, philosophy and mysticism. Featured artists and writers featured include: John Barbour, Diena Georgetti, Alexis Wright and Ian North.
Vol 47 Number 2 Summer 2009
To celebrate the 6th annual Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, the issue realises an opportunity to manifest the artistic and moral heart of the year’s Triennial, that of collaboration, with the APT curatorial team. Presenting a dedicated issue to the showcasing of transcending Asia and its Pacific Borders; artists and writers featured include: Hou Hanru, Suhanya Raffel, Amelia Gundelach, Claire Roberts, Robert Leonard, Brian Castro and Lynne Seear.
Vol 47 Number 1 Spring 2009
“Acts can endure as then becomes now”.
‘Enduring acts: from Pop to Performance’ is a unique issue that spans half a century of art while illuminating many points of creative departure which collectively enrich our appreciation of art today. Featured artists and writers include: Tony Tuckson, Martin Sharp, Ken Unsworth, Patricia Piccanini, Judy Millar, Kaldor Public Art Projects founder John Kaldor, Alexie Glass, Craig Judd, Victoria Lynn on the 53rd Venice Biennale and Michael Fitzgerald.
Vol 46 Number 4 Winter 2009
Inspired by the 53rd Venice Biennale’s playful spirit, this issue is dedicated to constructs of identity, which are “not to be defined and defended at all costs”. This through-line is demonstrated in the spaces where artist’s thematic explorations align and depart. Beginning with Tony Albert, Daniel Boyd and Christian Thompson and their the bold refusal to be seen as ‘colonised subjects’, their work then informs that of Lisa Reihana’s multi-media practice, whose work resonates with Dan Taulapapa McMullin and his illumination of a Pacific Diaspora. As such, this issue positions the artist’s in a “creative and liberating role, wherein the self begins to shift, stir and settle, waiting for us to name it”. Featured artists and writers include: Lynette Wallworth, John Beard, Stephen Gilchrist, Jon Bywater, Kristy Edwards, William Wright and Sia Figiel.
Vol 46 Number 3 Autumn 2009
Inspired by Joseph Beuys’s thoughts on the material form and spiritual dimension of sculpture, this issue is dedicated to ‘influence’: a spirit formed away from the static, and through the lens of creative dynamism. This unique concept is explored through the transition of contemporary and future practices and the looping and folding of time. The issue begins with the artists who influenced the machines of Jean Tinguely, in turn inspiring contemporary artist, Michael Landy. Cross-cultural practices that form inspiration are approached in Kirk Huffman’s essay on traditional and modern art, and Luke Scholes documentation on the importance of cross gender in his essay on women painters in the Kiwirrkura Western Desert community. This issue rigorously questions “the once accepted history of influences dutifully passed from the art-world ‘centre’ to the ‘periphery’”. Such an exchange of creativity is considered by Murray Bail’s assessment of the alchemic practice of Ian Fairweather. Featured artists and writers include: Tracey Lock-Weir, Rex Butler, A. D. S. Donaldon, Wes Hill, Dylan Rainforth, Lucienne Peiry, Michael Fitzgerald and Dinah Dysart.
Vol 46 Number 2 Summer 2008
“There is room for noise in the system.” – Alex Baker
Beginning with Petrina Hick’s ‘Eye Candy’ and ending with Sara Hughes’s sale tag work, this issue posits itself as a “manifesto on materialism”. Presenting Darren Sylvester photographic tableaux, the issue rejects a critique of consumerism and insists that the inherent consumption of culture markets reflects the digestion of the real world. As such, the issue considers the industry that surrounds people, not products. Rhana Devenport convenes a roundtable discussion of the increase of commodified contemporary Australian art practices. A mediation on noise, the “disquieting dioramas” of Andreas Gursky, and the blankness of contemporary photographic practice each feature in this issue. Judy Annear’s ‘Blank Face’ captures the fleeting, constructed nature of individual identity, creating dialogue between artists Yinka Shonibare and Tony Schwensen on the postcolonial and performative consumer, as they critique culture as commodity. These artists provide noise in the system, enhancing an aesthetic issue dedicated to the idiosyncratic world of consumption. Featured writers and artists include: Blair French, Wendy Walker, Isobel Crombie, Chris Healy, Richard Bell and David Elliot.
Vol 46 Number 1 Spring 2008
“Along with darkness, comes light”.
This issue approaches the Zeitgeist surrounding contemporary art’s “dalliance with darkness”, looking between ubiquitous imagery to delve into the history of the dark movement. John Ruskin’s vocabulary: ‘savageness’, ‘changefulness’, ‘naturalism’, and ‘grotesqueness’ aesthetically describe this Spring issues’ featured artists. Tony Oursler reaches into post-punk phantasmagoria, joined by Bardayal Nadjamerrek and Louise Hearman who illuminate the dark through their monographic spectral presence. Francis Upritchard and David Noonan provide ineffable, artistic insight into a shadowed world. It is a resurrection of a cultural past, a reserve of black angst, which is uncovered by Robert Leonard in ‘New Zealand Gothic’. Gothic novelist, Nick Cave, joins Art & Australia and Janine Barrand in a special collaborative curation to produce “a menagerie of darks beasts of creation”. Sarah Tutton joins us as Contributing Editor. Featured writers and artists include: Justin Paton, Michael Fitzgerald, Jennifer Higgie, Margie West, Edward Colless, John Armstrong and Joanna Capon.
Vol 45 Number 4 Winter 2008
This 16th Sydney Biennale issue presents ‘Revolutions – Forms That Turn’, an edition dedicated substantially to curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev’s artistic manifesto. The Biennale has always opened up Australian audiences to new perceptions of art, breaking new creative ground with dialogue between Aboriginal Art, to the fundamental works of Joseph Beuys. By collaboratively working with William Kentridge, Michael Rakowitz, Stuart Ringholt and Vernon Ah Kee, the magazine transitions into an active biennale site: “participating in the central proposition that art can be an agent of change”. William Kentridge designs the cover, jolting his global perception of the impact of histories. This issue hopes to provoke a revolution of seeing through horror, form, function, medium and message. Featured writers and artists include: Russell Storer, Jane Taylor, Sarah Tutton, Hanna Feldman, Robert Leonard, Natalie King and Victoria Lynn.
Vol 45 Number 3 Autumn 2008
“Becoming and unbecoming”: this issue of Art & Australia is dedicated to the life of editor Andrea Stretton, channelling her love of literature and empathy with the creative process as exemplified by featured artists Del Kathryn Barton and David Teh. The Autumn issue becomes a ‘celebration of contradiction’, of life and loss, accessing a transformative alchemy through a range of Australian artists. Jessica Rankin’s transmuting embroideries and Yvonne Todd’s photography celebrates femininity. It is the creation of new worlds through the nestling and nurturing of artistic practice. Justin Paton labels this as ‘tough love’: the push and pull of transformation, an aesthetic toughness formed beneath delicate first appearance. Notable writers and artists include: Anthony Gardner, Ingrid Periz, Caroline Jordan and Dominique Angeloro.
Vol 45 Number 2 Summer 2007
This issue tackles the swell and distortion of the digital, a world, in the words of Peter Hill, turned ‘Mueck-like’. In our Summer edition, Australian sculptor Ron Mueck is paired with artists who work with the aesthetic potential of technology. Looking towards his early career, we follow Mueck’s history in animatronics and his transition from special-effects technician to artist. The world he creates compelling and uncanny, much like filmmaker and artist George Gittoes, a contemporary, cross-medium artist who embraces technology and expands creation beyond palpable form. Jacqueline Millner and Andrew Frost survey the breadth of video art practices. Juliana Engberg approaches the role of moving images in revitalising painting practices. Featured writers and artists include: Joanna Mendelssohn, Massimiliano Gioni, Natalie King, Jacqueline Millner and John Olsen.
Vol 45 Number 1 Spring 2007
The art of contemplation, the power of sustained looking. Justin Paton’s book, ‘How to Look at a Painting,’ provides an apt subtitle for this Spring issue. We approach art through the “simple and important act of looking”: a discovery of symbolism, power and the gaze. Dougal Phillips invites us to look at the darkness beneath the bold impasto of Ben Quilty in his questioning of modern masculinity. Joe Furlonger displays drafts alongside his complete paintings, encouraging us to appreciate and gain insight into the raw, creative process. Art & Australia looks towards the abstract canvases of Sam Fulibrook, and profiles Alison Kubler as the figurehead for a new wave of fledgling Queensland painters. Featured writers and artists include: Louis Nowra, Louise Martin-Chew, Christopher Allen and Claire Roberts.
Vol 44 Number 4 Winter 2007
“A geography of displacement, a journey from place to place”. This issue focuses on Australian artists living beyond our borders; those who exhibit overseas with the awareness that expatriation is not the most privileged aspect of their identity. Looking towards globalised trends, such as the Venice Biennale, ideas of nationhood and identity are unravelled by our featured artists. What does it mean to internationally represent Australia and how are these artists held together through their identity? We attempt to answer this in our exploration of Rosemary Laing’s photographs, the conceptual abstractions of George Tjungurrayi and his connection to the land, and Narelle Jubelin’s displacement geography. Juliana Engberg’s essay notes that once freed from nationalism, their artistic vision can move from its place as a cultural product, becoming more visual and unique. Contemporary art has the potential to create new context separated from country, existing in a liminal, transitional space. Featured artists and writers include: Rex Butler, Daniel Baumann, Ann Stephen, Judith Ryan, Rachel Spence and Ingrid Periz.
Vol 44 Number 3 Autumn 2007
This issue begins with a journey through the bestiary of Jorge Luis Borges Book of Imaginary Beings, passing mythological animals through to the creatures of our cultural imagining. From here, Louise Weaver’s exquisite and exotic creatures suggest themselves, creating Guido, the crocheted pacific gull, for the magazine’s front cover. This inaugurates a new series of Art & Australia Artist Editions. The central essay in this issue sees Jason Smith draw together a range of diverse and intriguing historical and contemporary influences in Louise Weaver’s work. This art classifies a ‘post-natural’ attitude, in which nature and culture become intertwined. We take the mythological animals of Borges and contemporises them, applying his bestiary folklore into an explanation of the transforming landscape of contemporary art; merging mythology and reality into a singular, powerful entity. Notable writers and artists include: Olafur Eliasson, Felicity Fenner, Janet Laurence, Ken Yonetani, Rachel Kent, Anselm Keifer, Tony Bond, Justin Clemens, Max Delany, Peter Atkins, Dana Harris, Wendy Walker, Perter Lyssiotis and George Alexander.
Vol 44 Number 2 Summer 2006
In this issue, we look towards the largest display of contemporary art displayed on the south bank of the Brisbane River. The new Queensland Gallery of Art opens with the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary art and cross cultural dialogue with the Asia-Pacific region. Despite fluctuations with Australian Asian discourse, this newest gallery displays a shift in national cultural practice. This issue turns towards the field of artistic engagement in Asia. Though there has been a slow courtship of two oppositional and monolithic cultures between Asia and Australia, the exotic ‘other’ has often obscured a more nuanced regional cultural exchange of understanding. In the central essay of this issue, writer and curator Rhana Devenport speaks with seven artists, labelled ‘Asian-Australian’, and addresses the conceptual difficulties in accounting for an artist’s work in terms of cultural heritage. Devenport offers a sensitive appraisal of cultural difference, shifting the debate to one that embraces the hybridisation of identity. This issue proposes a complex, hybrid geography; a shift from ‘roots’ to ‘routes’ to a new Australian culture space which acts as a conduit between Asia and the Pacific. Notable writers and artists include: Patricia Anderson, Ian Fairweather, Gordon Walters, Donald Brook and William McAloon.
Vol 44 Number 1 Spring 2006
This issue begins with an exploration into Contemporary Art Awards in 2006, and the representation of visual arts at the Commonwealth Games. Jeremy Eccles approaches a unique model for Aboriginal art in ‘Jirrawun’ and Anthony Gardner explores the dream world of images by Geoff Kleem. We follow Sarah Thomas’s essay as she discusses Dorrit Black’s Modern Art Centre, talking about the early Australian modern artist and her wider vision in contemporary art history. Ken Tyler is interviewed by Sasha Grishin to discuss the gentle art of collaboration. Our final feature looks towards the garden of Rosalie Gascoigne, as pictured by Genevieve Jacobs. Notable writers and artists include: Johnny Sages, Charlotte Day, Rachel Spece, Sarah Thomas, Daniel Palmer and Ashley Crawford.
Vol 43 Number 4 Winter 2006
This issue celebrates the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, with Charles Merewether offering a vast exploration into the zones of contact in the contemporary exhibition. Ann Stephen looks into the inroads made between the New York Museum of Modern Art and Australia. With an emphasis on contemporary focus, Rachel Kent considers ‘Vox pop to urban diary’ and the concept of kitsch in contemporary art. The winter edition surverys the current Musee du Quai Branly exhibition and its display of Aboriginal art, looking at the increase of Indigenous representation in a contemporary step taking place across European waters. We also look back on the 1976 Biennale of Sydney with Bruce Adams. Featured artists and writers include: Peter Naumann, Sasha Grishin, Gene Sherman, Scott Redford and Louis Nowra.
Vol 43 Number 3 Autumn 2006
The theme that runs throughout this issue is one of performing bodies; an abstract, detailed vision of human forms that translate beyond the physical. Alongside a variety of fascinating essays on portrait painting, Claire Roberts writes on contemporary featured artist, Chinese-Australian Ah Xian, and his numerous porcelain body-casts. Following a personal exploration of cultural and spiritual identity, Xian’s sombre representations of Eastern and Western art is accessed through his sculptural busts and human forms. In dialogue, Tony Bond compliments Xian’s practice through his essay on ‘Performing bodies: Self Portraits’. Lesley Harding discusses Albert Tucker’s visions in Paris and Carolyn Barnes looks towards the paintings of John Young. Featured artists and writers include: Bill Seaman, Linda Wallace, Justine Cooper, Victoria Lynn, John E. Stanton, Lou Klepac and David Teh.
Vol 43 Number 2 Summer 2005
This issue centres around the work of women artists. Gael Newton writes on Carol Jerrems in 1974 – portraying Australian women in her book which displayed not only compositional flair, but a collection of 131 portraits of women dating from 1968-1974 – a book whose buoyancy broke grounds during the subcultures of 1970s feminism. Followed by Katrina Schwarz’s powerful essay, Roger Benjamin looks towards confession of an art historian in an age of visual culture. Drusilla Modjeska surveys the barkcloth art of Omie, and Sasha Grishin holds conversation with Bill Viola. Featured writers and artists include Terence Maloon, Sherre DeLys, Joan Grounds and Susan Best.
Vol 43 Number 1 Spring 2005
This spring issue offers an eclectic foray into the art world, beginning with an exploration into ‘Mind, myth and modernism’ through the revaluing of Jean Bellette. Ben Woodcock takes into the contemporary art of Africa, and Kate Davidson explores the art of Fiona Hall. The art of James Morrison and an exploration of natural history is featured in an essay by Amanda Rowell. Rhana Devenport takes us on a journey through the duet of Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman’s art in 1976 Australia. We learn of MoMA’s revolution in a fascinating essay by James Mollison, and venture into the world of Margaret Preston, from her art to her rugs. Ted Snell invites us into local University art collects, and Chris McAuliffe accompanys the feature with an international perspective. Featured artists and writers include: Rhonda Davis, Denise Mimmocchi, Deborah Edwards, Daniel Palmer and George Alexander.
Vol 42 Number 4 Winter 2005
In this issue of Art & Australia, John Calder selects six contemporary Australian artists to feature in our essay section. Curator of the New York Museum of Modern Art, Klaus Biesenbach, considers what it means for artists, such as Ricky Swallow, to internationally represent Australia on a global stage. We look at artists as a product of an increasingly contemporary international art world. Juliana Engberg approaches James Angus and Callum Morton on their sculptural works. Russell Storer writes on Daniel Crooks, TV Moore and Daniel von Sturmer about video in the expanded field. John Kaldor presents the first of his ‘Gallery’ sections and George Alexander turns his attention to various art-world issues in his new column for Art & Australia. Featured artists and writers include: Klaus Biesenback, Sarah Thomas, Wally Caruana, George Alexander and Ronald Millen.
Vol 42 Number 3 Autumn 2005
The medium of photography and photographic tradition is at the forefront of this issue, from nineteenth-century ethnographic and studio photography, to twentieth century artists such as Harold Cazneux, Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and David Moore, through to 1970s and 1980s feminist photography, up to contemporary Australian artists today. Much has changed during the past three decades of photographic history. Photography is now fundamental to most Australian and international contemporary art. One of Australia’s most successful photographers, Bill Henson, is central to our feature on photography. Accompanying this is an essay by Catriona Moore on current photographic practice in Australia. She looks towards the photographic work of mid-career feminist artists and emerging Australian and Indigenous artists. The viewer gaze shifting from male to female body features in Pat Larter’s work, and our final feature essay by Terry Smith considers the biennale phenomenon. Smith explores the effectiveness of the biennale as an exhibition, and the type of contemporary art it sanctions. Notable writers and artists include: Joanna Mendellsohn, Sebastian Smee, Christopher Marshall, Ted Snell, Robert McFarlane and Andrea Stretton.
Vol 42 Number 2 Summer 2004
This issue explores the human relationship to abstract landscapes. Brisbane-based artist Dale Frank is the subject of two essays; Ashley Crawford and Jane Rankin-Reid focus on his more recent works which drip with vivid, varnished colour. In an entirely different spectrum, the powerful, evocative process of Sally Smart is surveyed by Deborah Hart. Tony Palmer writes on the dense and visceral figure and landscape compositions of New Zealand-born artist, Euan Macleod. The human-landscape relationship is further explored through the installation and photographic works of Simryn Gill, and Chaitanya Sambrani engages with his postcoloniality. Our focus on living Australian artists is complimented by Simon Pierse’s unique insight into recent Australian art history. We are delighted to introduce Melbourne artist Nick Mangan through our Emerging Artists Program. Featured writers and artists include: Sally Couacaud, Sally Smart, Deborah Hart, Andrea Stretton and Claire Armstrong.
Vol 42 Number 1 Spring 2004
This issue of Art & Australia focusses on different approaches to landscape painting. We consider Aboriginal artist John Mawurndjul, whose remarkable bark-paintings feature in this Spring issue. His dynamic painting, Female Lightning Spirit, 1983, is displayed on the front cover. Four other contemporary Australian painters are also featured. Brent Harris creates ostensibly abstract compositions, and James Mollison, former National Gallery of Australia and National Gallery of Victoria director, joins us to argue that Harris has moved from experimentation and towards personalisation. We feature an interview between Tim Storrier and William Wright, the Director of Sherman Galleries, Sydney. David Hansen writes on the shift in aesthetic in the works of well-known landscape painter, Phillip Wolfhagen. Landscape is explored in the works of Noel McKenna and TV Moor. Daniel Thomas finishes his series, ‘Museum Pieces’. This issue sees the initiation of the ANZ Emerging Artists Program. Notable writers and artists include: Fergus Armstrong, Anne Ryan, Bridget Crone, Ted Snell, Isabel Carlos and Sebastian Smee.
Vol 41 Number 4 Winter 2004
This issue of Art & Australia celebrates the 2004 Biennale of Sydney. Exhibiting the work of Australian and Indigenous artists, alongside acclaimed international works, since 1973, the biennale has “fostered artistic exchange and has recast centre-periphery debates” which perceive Australia to exist on the global margins. Featuring an interview with Felicity Fenner and Isabel Carlos, this issue outlines the biennale’s theme, ‘On Reason and Emotion’. Accompanying the interview are five essays on biennale artists who encapsulate this in their practice. Juliana Engberg writes on artist Susan Norrie’s environmental installations and video works. Bruce Nauman notably features due to his media works, alongside Elizabeth Nyumi, Pat Brassington and Francis Alys. Susan Norrie creates the issue’s cover, based around her 2004 Biennale work, ‘ENOLA’. Featured artists and writers include: Robert C. Morgan, Stephan Williamson, Samantha Togni, Trevor Smith, Anne Marsh, Natalie King, Janine Burke and Max Delany.
Vol 41 Number 3 Autumn 2004
This issue introduces our new team at Art & Australia, a team “as passionate about art as we are about the continued significance and exciting future of the journal”. This autumn issue, the first for 2004, heralds a new design direction for the journal. With greater clarity, large-scale colour reproductions and a new logo, this issue celebrates change, with a striking wraparound cover featuring work by watercolour artist Cherry Hood. Art & Australia is dedicated to publishing rigorous, informed essays, articles and reviews about art that “engages, inspires, overwhelms, confounds, challenges and provokes”. We continue to consider Australian art in a global context, complimented by international coverage. Featured artists and writers include: Rachel Kent, Frank Hinder, Diego Rivera, Lesley Harding, Adam Cullen, Ingrid Periz, Emil Goh and Eve Sullivan.
Vol 41 Number 2 Summer 2003
In this issue of Art & Australia, Eve Sullivan explores the world of childhood in the works of Tracy Moffatt. The first survey exhibition of John Glover opens at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart, and curator David Hansen is interviewed by Angus Trumble to discuss Glover’s career, his reputation and emigration in 1831. Nick Waterlow considers Yorkshire-born sculptor Hilarie Mais’s work, distinguishing her as a historical and contemporary artist, and assessing her poetic and personal grids, spiral and elemental art forms. Sasha Grishin critically examines the past two decades of work displayed by the National Gallery of Australia and its function on a national and international scale. Margie West also writes on diverse, Maningrida-based artist Lena Yarinkura, who incorporates the cross-media of traditional techniques and aluminium sculptures into her fascinating practice. This issue features commentary on Swiss-born New York artist, Ugo Rondinone. Notable artists and writers include: Daniel Thomas, Ewan McDonald, Ken Whisson, Paul Klee, Nick Waterlow and Sasha Grishin.
Vol 41 Number 1 Spring 2003
This issue develops a strong sense of mystery, with essays embroiled in dialogue with other essays, whilst still maintaining their ability to hold individual conversation. Paul McGillick discusses the work of Yvonne Boag, with art as a ‘syntax’ and ‘purity of voice’. Such clarity can be acknowledged in the words of Peter Churcher, whose portrait practice captured the truth of individuals in unengaged moments. Clarice Beckett similarly focussed on these in-between moments and the art of privacy. Ann Elias goes on to explain the artistic secrecy of camouflage and the elimination of shadows. It is a silent comparison between shadows and truth. Lucian Freud’s Pregnant Girl, 1960-61, graces the cover of this issue. Featured artists and writers include: Leon Paroissien, Angus Trumble, Eve Sullivan, Tessa Dwyer and Jenny Bell.
Vol 40 Number 4 Winter 2003
The 40th Anniversary Issue of Art & Australia celebrates 40 years of the magazine. Beginning with editorial reflections by Laura Murray Cree, the history and growth of Art and Australia is summarised as a publication pillar of open representation – a magazine which has reflected the culture of art, and art criticism, since 1963. We look at tributes to John Tjakamarra, Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Jimmy Pike, Gary Catalano, Tony Clune and Elizabeth Blair Barber. The art of the screen in Australia is surveyed by Victoria Lynn, and Stephan Naylor look at contemporary Australian representation at the Venice Biennale. Deborah Hart considers the contemporary Asian-Australian practice of Guan Wei.