It has been my privilege to edit and publish Art & Australia since 2003. Following a passionate tradition that began with Samuel Ure Smith in 1963, Art & Australia celebrates fifty years this May. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have been involved with Art &Australia since its inception.
Our editor, writers, designer, artists, my gratitude goes to you all. My special thanks to past editors Dinah Dysart, Laura Murray-Cree and Leon Parossien for their contribution to this issue. Our advertisers: I thank you for your continuous support throughout the years. In a world where change in the media happens at bullet pace, we will continue to honour the print tradition, however the time has come for a change. In this issue of Art &Australia we reflect on our past. This will be the last magazine in its existing format. Our next issue, August, will unveil a new-look Art & Australia. We will continue to embrace the new and never forget the past. A welcome addition will be a brand-new internet site that will widen the scope of the magazine.
Finally my greatest thanks go to our readers, for their unwavering loyalty. Your support has allowed us to continue publishing for the past fifty years.
Vol 50 No 4 Autumn 2013
Golden oldies: Four artists who were new and exciting in the 1960s and early 1970s and are still going strong
In 1968 provocation, not even-handedness, was the intention of curators Brian Finemore and John Stringer when they confined their exhibition ‘The Field’ to American-style hard-edge and colourfield abstraction at the opening of a new building in Melbourne for...
'Every kind of painting': Early antipodean responses to Blue Poles
At the risk of adding to the mythology surrounding Blue poles, I have a distinct recollection of James Mollison being caught on camera when the painting had just been unpacked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in April 1974, turning to James...
Time underfoot: Gunter Christmann's recent paintings
Gunter Christmann is 'one of Australian art's better kept secrets'. Art historian Mary Eagle remarked that Christmann is one of the major artists of his generation, those achieving recognition in the mid-to-late 1960s to 1970s, though his work can be less...
Anne-Marie May: Post-minimal forming
In the early to mid-1990s, Anne-Marie May purchased two books on modernist art and design that helped contextualise and affirm her direction as an artist. The first was 'Bauhaus Textiles: Women Artists and the Weaving Workshop' (1993) by Sigrid Wortmann...
Jude Rae: The turning edge
It was serendipitous that in a move to Canberra in 2003, Jude Rae found a pallet of old fire extinguishers and gas bottles at a local recycle yard and was attracted to their formal beauty. 'They stay with me because they are so intense', she told me. 'The...
It's a long way to the top
... I tell this story, and I could tell many more – the Japanese curator who saw Munch in Vassilieff; the American curator who saw Sam Durant’s drawings in Michael Stevenson’s drawings, even though they predated the aforementioned – because it is indicative...
Against the flow: The recent work of Nicholas Folland
Nicholas Folland is a collector as much as he is an artist. Keys, cutlery, furniture and light fittings are feverishly culled from op shops, garage sales, and the internet. Above all, cut glass and crystalware conglomerate in Folland's studio en route to...
Whisper in my mask: The art of Daniel Boyd
Boyd was born in Cairns and lived there until age nineteen, when he won a scholarship to attend art school in Canberra. A couple of his uncles were really talented painters and, Boyd said, role models of sorts. His Aboriginal antecedents lived at Yarrabah...
Gertrude Contemporary and Art & Australia Emerging Writers Program
‘The Color of the Sky Has Melted’ presented work from the last six years by Melbourne-based artist Marco Fusinato. The exhibition’s focus centred on his use of rhetoric, generated through unapologetic extremist themes in art, music and politics. Fusinato...
Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award: Tim Woodward
Engaging with the tradition of the readymade, the Brisbane-born, Melbourne-based artist Tim Woodward makes work by editing and arranging pre-existing elements. Like many artists, Woodward extends the legacy of Marcel Duchamp, who demonstrated how artworks...
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