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TOO MUCH CABBAGE AND JESUS CHRIST : THE LIFE OF MISSIONARY ANNIE LOCK.

Legendary missionary Annie Lock

This is a fascinating, in some ways disturbing biography of missionary Annie Lock, excellently written. Catherine Bishop’s research is extensive and she attempts to analyze the many conflicting sides of Lock and her controversial attitudes in a very fair manner. The book is divided into nineteen chapters  with maps, photos, an index and includes voluminous references that act as a bibliography. Also included is a table of contents, a note from Bishop , a list of abbreviations and a timeline.

We follow Lock’s extraordinary life full of harsh conditions, long treks and hard work.  Bishop attempts to portray the many sides of Lock’s character – she was very strong willed and quite divisive with some people  loving her and others disliking her. The title of the book comes from an Aboriginal person who left the Mission she was involved with. 

Bishop looks at Lock’s life and how she believed Aboriginal lives were important. Mentions are made of the Stolen Generations, massacres and Aboriginal Missions. A faith missionary, Lock argued with Daisy Bates, (their interactions were frostily civil), met the Duke of Gloucester and inspired R.M. Williams. Among other adventures Lock was shipwrecked in a pearling lugger, drove a buggy 200 miles across desert to escape drought, produced Christmas puddings in 40-degree heat, nursed sore-ridden children, made headlines for allegedly being ‘Happy to Marry a Black’, and held decided views on Aboriginal policy and culture; her letters erratically spelt but written with honest principle . Continue reading TOO MUCH CABBAGE AND JESUS CHRIST : THE LIFE OF MISSIONARY ANNIE LOCK.

KUNMANARA JANGALA CARROLL Ngaylu nyanganyi ngura winki

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders please be aware that this review mentions someone who has recently passed away.

This is a glorious visual feast for the eyes . Beautifully presented , exquisitely photographed ,this is a stunning large coffee – table book about the work of Kunmanara Carroll.

It is linked in with the Jam Factory exhibition of his works and his work at Ernabella Arts.There is a Forward, a Preface and a CV of Carroll’s life and notes at the back. Belinda Briggs is Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba, living and working in the Dungala Kaiela (Goulburn Murray) region in northern Victoria. Currently writer and curator at the Shepparton Art Museum, she is also vice-president of Kaiela Arts and passionate about her community, particularly her contributions to the endeavours of the Rumbalara Football Netball Club. Belinda’s curatorial projects include First Languages of the Monash University Collection, MUMA, 2017–2018, and the Indigenous Ceramic Award, SAM, 2016 and 2018.

Alison Milyika Carroll, a senior Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara woman, is an accomplished artist and a significant cultural leader and an important advocate and mentor for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and arts across the APY Lands. She is the current Chair of Ernabella Arts, Pukatja Community, APY Lands, and has been involved with the organisation as an artist and director.

Alison is also a member of the Tarnanthi Cultural Advisory Committee, works with Ku Arts and the NPY Women’s Council, and has held advisory roles on projects such as Songlines at the National Museum of Australia.

Luke Scholes was Curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory between 2015 and 2021. During this time he curated the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked as a field officer and later as Assistant Manager at Papunya Tula Artists. In 2008 he worked for Martumili Artists in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. During 2010 and 2011 he was Project Officer, Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The book shows how Carroll’s work is indelibly linked to his expression of his relationship with Country.Carroll was a Luritja, Pintupi and Pitjantjatjara man . After retiring from a long career as the town’s constable, he turned to art, beginning to create at Ernabella Arts in 2009, Carroll was born in 1950, in Haasts Bluff, and later moved to Papunya when the new settlement was created there. He went to school in Papunya before moving to Areyonga, where he finished school, and then travelling on donkey with his family to Eagle Bore, a homeland just north of Ernabella. At the age of 19, he moved to Pukatja in the north of South Australia After a long career in a range of community roles, becoming the town’s constable, Carroll began exploring art and painting , encouraged by then-owner Julian Green , at Ernabella Arts in 2009 .

In 2011 he was introduced to ceramics used his works to pass on cultural knowledge from his father’s Country of Walungurru in the Northern Territory. in the north of South Australia Carroll was shortlisted for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards for four consecutive years and his work, both solo and collaborative, is held in national and international collections. Carroll was selected by the Jam Factory gallery for their annual ICON exhibition, which celebrates influential crafts-based artists working in South Australia.

Carroll’s thrilling work could be described as bold yet austere , using subdued colour schemes , understated tonal gradations and swirling lines that featured both in his canvases and incised into his ceramic works.All of the designs express Carroll’s knowledge of Walungurru Country and its people’s heritage .Carroll often depicted the rocky country of Ilpili; the cultural site of Yumari, whose name translates as ‘mother’ in Luritja law; Wanampi, the water serpent and the rocky country of Ilpili.Carroll often named his pieces after the cultural images and figures they feature, leading to repeated names that in their repetition give strength to the knowledge they display of his paternal Country.

Some of Carroll’s work depicting his Country includes dot paintings.There is also the special Ilpili tapestry linked in with the book and the exhibition woven by the Australian Tapestry Workshop , telling part of the Seven Sisters story.

Carroll’s inspired not just with his artistic output, but through his leadership, vision and mentorship – more young people were drawn to Ernabella Arts , and the number of men increased learning what is regarded more as a female led art form.

Sadly, shortly after Ngaylu Nyanganyi Ngura Winki opened, Carroll passed away.

ISBN: 9781743058664
ISBN-10: 1743058667
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English , AUS
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st September 2021
Publisher: Wakefield Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 23.5
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Number: 1
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MARGARET FLOCKTON A FRAGRANT MEMORY BY LOUISE WILSON

Margaret Flockton

This is a fascinating biography of a most adventurous, nowadays almost unheard of artist / botanical illustrator, Margaret Flockton. It has been released to celebrate the bicentennial celebrations of what we now call the Royal Botanical Gardens .It is of medium size and thickness and divided into two parts (Britain and Australia).It is extensively illustrated with Flockton’s exquisitely detailed ,delicately beautiful work .Maps and a family tree are included as well as notes , a bibliography and an index.

Louise Wilson has done extensive research and the book examines Margaret Flockton’s life, her work, her place in the Aussie art world – and her brave journey from England to carve a place in patriarchal colonial society in the closing part of the 19th century as a single woman. Wilson concentrated on mathematics at the University of Sydney and became the first woman in Australia to embark on a professional career in banking. After a multi-faceted career in finance and economics, she became interested in her own connection to a First Fleet settler of Australia. Of her seven published books, three are acclaimed titles about early convict settlers of the Hawkesbury district near Sydney.

Margaret (known in her family as ‘Mog’) was one of three daughters, her siblings being Dolly and Phoebe.Their childhood saw extensive change of abode and also the deaths of relatives who were affected by the appalling disease ridden conditions of the time – filthy streets , sewage disintegrating in the Thames and the heavy London smog among other things taking their toll. Frank, their father, was a watercolour artist and exhibited and sold many works. Flockton’s talent was remarked on and she attended three of southern England’s finest schools. She was lucky and talented enough to gain entrance to the Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design, which was regarded by many as “the finest industrial art school in the world “.

Arriving in Australia in 1888 in her late twenties, she first worked as a skilled lithographer and commercial artist and during the 1890s achieved recognition in Sydney’s ‘fine art’ world. She also travelled to Charters Towers in Queensland where her sister Phoebe and family lived.She was unassuming but produced a phenomenal oeuvre.For Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee , one of her paintings was included in a volume presented to the queen .By then Flockton had a secure reputation and her flowers, in particular ,were in great demand .Her work was also included in the Federation celebrations of 1901 From roughly 1904-1907 a delightful set of postcards of her work was mass produced for sale.Exhibitions of her wild flower were held in rural areas such as Bowral and Gunnedah and also Brisbane.

She was friends with leading artists of the day,such as Charles Conder, Hans Heysen and others. Her sensational paintings of the wild flowers led to her fascination with banksia, acacias, eucalypts , wattle and others,  with four plants named after her and the international award in her name. She also painted both the Australian and New Zealand version of the tea tree (‘ ti- tree ‘in New Zealand ) and the prickly pear plague of roughly 1906.As well there was a phase (roughly 1900-1907) when working with Maiden (who became Director of the Gardens ) where Flockton produced amazing paintings of lichen and fungi.


At the age of 40 she finally found her dream job,with an exemplary boss (Joseph Maiden).They were both on the same wavelength so to speak . She became well-known amongst the scientific and artistic communities of her day, but after her death in Sydney in 1953 she fell into virtual invisibility until the early years of this century .The book also highlights how talented single women were regarded and treated in during the first half of the 20th century in a heavily patronising patriarchal society – for example was she paid properly for her exhausting , extensive work? We also read about the behind the scenes political manoeuvring by some of her peers.

Wilson also mentions the lives of Flockton’s family, we see how ‘art is in the blood’ as various members of Flockton’s family also work as artists and also learn of the devastation in her family life caused by both World Wars. Flockton was in effect the bedrock of her family .But who was she really ? What was her personality? Could she have married and had children but didn’t? We don’t know as no personal papers survive.

A very insightful and gloriously illustrated book.

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Margaret Flockton A Fragrant Memory by Louise Wilson

Publisher : Wakefield Press
ISBN 978 174305 845 9
$65.00; 324pp

 

WOTAN’S DAUGHTER : THE LIFE OF MARJORIE LAWRENCE

WOTAN’S DAUGHTER : THE LIFE OF MARJORIE LAWRENCE by Richard Davis is a captivating biography of Australian operatic megastar of the 1920’s and 30’s Marjorie Lawrence, The book, a new revised updated edition of the 2012 version is of small to medium size and not too thick and is divided into twenty chapters with a preface, two forwards , an appendix , footnotes , bibliography and index . Illustrations are in the middle It is written in a warm yet respectful tone and meticulously researched.

It is a story of fame, adversity and resilience.Lawrence rose to become one of the major Wagner singers of her generation, feted and thunderously applauded in Europe and at the Met Opera in New York where she shared roles with the renowned Kirsten Flagstad. Afflicted by polio at the height of her career, Lawrence fought back heroically against her physical disability and prejudice to rework her ravaged life and return to the stage.

We follow Lawrence’s life chronologically. She was the second daughter, one of six children, known as “Marge ‘, born in 1907 in Dean’s Marsh, then sort of rural Victoria. Her early life is discussed – her mother passed away when Lawrence e was very young and she is sent to live with her grandmother but recalled back to the family home where we learn about he childhood , learning to ride – and the serious discovery of her Voice when Lawrence was about sixteen ( she had already been in the school choir). She was advised to go to Paris but her father was furious … at eighteen with the help of her brother Percy she escapes to Melbourne.

First Lawrence studies with Ivor Boustead, one of Melbourne’s top singing teachers. In 1928 Lawrence won both the Sun Aria and scoops many other sections of the Geelong Competition and eventually moves to Paris for her vocal studies .She becomes a pupil of Madame Gilly , as organized by Boustead and Aussie singing sensation John Brownlee, It is a major culture shock at first but Lawrence adjusts and grows to love Paris. We learn of the various roles Lawrence studies and the auditions and performances she gives and the amazing range of her voice .There is backstage shenanigans at the Paris opera . Lawrence dashes between Paris, Nantes and Monte Carlo and is a sensation wowing the critics and audiences . Also Lawrence has various romantic entanglements with her male costars. Her brother Percy , also living on Paris , changes his name to Cyril and becomes her manager and at times interfere with his sister’s private life. Some early recordings Lawrence made are discussed and we follow her zooming around giving performances.

We also learn of the rise of Kirsten Flagstad. Continue reading WOTAN’S DAUGHTER : THE LIFE OF MARJORIE LAWRENCE

ELAINE HAXTON BY LORRAINE PENNY McLAUGHLIN

Where did she get the energy from?!

Art was her life. This is a large, beautifully, lavishly illustrated coffee table book about the fascinating life of ELAINE HAXTON, excellently researched.

This publication is divided into ten chapters with a forward by Adam Wynn. While yes there is a table of contents at the front and an extensive bibliography, this is one of those excellent but annoying books that doesn’t have an index.

Copies of newspaper clippings and brief information about various people or events are included in highlight boxes on the page. We learn that Haxton travelled wildly, which expanded and developed her oeuvre. She worked in various media and often juggled different projects all at once. How did she do it?  She was a favourite of the press and had a great reputation in the art world. Continue reading ELAINE HAXTON BY LORRAINE PENNY McLAUGHLIN

A STAR ON HER DOOR : THE LIFE AND CAREER OF JUNE BRONHILL

This is an affectionate, delightful look at the life of June Bronhill, one of Australia’s theatrical legends, by Richard Davis.

The book has twelve chapters, a list of June’s stage performances (this reviewer saw her several times in various productions), a list of the recordings she made and a select bibliography as well as an index and a loving forward by Marina Prior. All the photos included are in black and white.

June’s career included performances in grand opera, comic opera/operetta, musicals, straight plays, variety, radio, concerts, television and assorted recordings. Her extraordinary talent brought her success, fame and the devotion of a legion of fans. There was a private June the public rarely saw. Continue reading A STAR ON HER DOOR : THE LIFE AND CAREER OF JUNE BRONHILL

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 60 YEARS 1960-2020

The Adelaide Festival , or Festival of the Arts as it was originally known , has now been going for an amazing 60 years.

This is a beautiful, large and heavy coffee table book. It is divided into nine ‘chapters’ and is lavishly illustrated throughout with both black and white and colour photos. At the back is a tabulation of sixty years of posters advertising the Festival, then a list of short biographies of the various contributors. It is not an archival, chronological record of the Festival but rather a collection of memories and photos.

The editor, Catherine McKinnon, is an award-winning novelist and playwright. She studied theatre performance and cinema at Flinders University. Her play ‘Tilt’ was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival, and As I Lay Dreaming won the 2010 Mitch Matthews Award. Her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime, Narrative and the Griffith Review.

McKinnon, along with four other writers, won the Griffith Review Novella 111 Award, 2015, and her novella ‘Will Martin’ was published by Griffith Review in October of that year. Her novel ‘Storyland’ was shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Voss Award.

Contributors (over fifty of them!) range from previous Artistic Directors, performers in the Festival (some have been both) reviewers , lighting designers, publicists and other Adelaide luminaries.

The book looks at the problems of programming a Festival , ticketing the Festival, performing in a Festival and the massive successes , the dangerous accidents and near misses in performance. It also looks at the interconnectivity of people connected to the Festival , and we learn about various productions and their links to the history of Australian Dance Theatre,  the Australian Ballet,  Circus OZ, Bangarra, the Sydney Symphony etc.

Other passages are very personal : We read of Jim Sharman’s extended sojourn with the Festival since 1964 , how Akram Khan was a teenage performer in Brook’s ‘Mahabharata’ and has become Artistic Director of one of the world’s major dance companies , Annabel Crabb driving members of the Frankfurt Ballet to Maslin’s Beach, Rachel Healey being transfixed by Phillipe Genty’s puppets as a child.

In the opera world we learn that several productions as part of the Festival were the first performances of that work in Australia. WOMelaide, Writers Week and Artist’s Week are also part of the memories. There is also an article included by former SA premier Don Dunstan , who was a major supporter of the arts

It is fascinating to see that some events/productions are consistently mentioned as magical experiences – eg the 1980 Water Tunnel , Pina Bausch and her company visiting , Peter Brook’s Mahabharata and the opera Voss to name just a few. The inclusion of indigenous content in the Festival is also examined. The intersections of the various people exemplify how the Festival has become a major nucleus for the arts in South Australia.

The book asks – why Adelaide? Does Adelaide and its Festival have its own distinct personality? Can a performance change your life?

The Festival is both of and for the people – there is a great quote by its founder,Professor John Bishop OBE – to whom the Festival’s aim is to ‘ To do the extraordinary … to make possible that which otherwise would not happen ‘.

As Patrick McDonald says ‘ Diversity, inclusivity and creativity have been the consistent hallmarks of sixty years of Adelaide Festival openings. All that remains to be seen is what future fusions of imagination and technology will bring to its table’ .To quote Barry Kosky ‘ Long may it reverberate and rejoice’.

ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 60 YEARS 1960-2020 is published by Wakefield Press and available at all leading book retailers.
Category
Format Hardback
Size 255 x 255 mm
ISBN 9781743056882
Extent 296 pages

MARY LEE : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TURBULENT ACTIVIST

This is a fascinating book. It is a relatively small and light paperback , written in a clear and easy to understand style . Divided into seventeen chapters ,the biography has a handy table of contents as well as a list of abbreviations used and a Forward by the author at the front , several pages of footnotes and a well researched bibliography and index at the back.There are some black and white photos throughout and there is a rather delicate and charming portrait of Lee as the frontispiece .

Solidly researched, following trails in Armagh, Monaghan, Cambridge, London and Adelaide Denise George examines the extraordinary inspirational life of Mary Lee, a suffragist and social justice advocate . At times Lee broke/ignored society’s restrictive conventions of the times to improve the lot of women and others.

Lee was born in 1821 in Monaghan, Ireland daughter of a Protestant working class family and trained as a school teacher. In 1844 she married George(?) Lee, organist and vicar-choral of Armagh Cathedral; they had four sons and three daughters. Before travelling to Adelaide in 1879 Lee had escaped the devastating potato famine in Ireland and moved to England with George , first Cambridge and then London becoming principal of her own school .’ She spoke lovingly of George and held a high regard for her late husband many years after his death ‘. Continue reading MARY LEE : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TURBULENT ACTIVIST

DISCOVERING DOBELL : ART CRITIC CHRISTOPHER HEATHCOTE’S NEW PUBLICATION

A large coffee table book, beautifully presented and lavishly illustrated, this is an intriguing book for art lovers brought to us by the excellent Wakefield Press.

Christopher Heathcote is one of Australia’s foremost art critics, has published a number of books on Australian painters, and  is a regular contributor to the current affairs journal Quadrant.

Linked in with the current exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art we gain a fascinating insight into the life of Dobell. The book is in effect divided into four sections with a Forward by TarraWarra Museum of Art director, Victoria Lynn. Continue reading DISCOVERING DOBELL : ART CRITIC CHRISTOPHER HEATHCOTE’S NEW PUBLICATION

‘FIFTY’ BY MAGGY TONKIN CHARTS THE HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE

This beautifully presented book will be treasured by contemporary dance lovers. Wakefield Press yet again have brought us a stunning medium to large sized coffee table book, in this case the history of Australian Dance Theatre, informatively, eloquently written and with superb photos.

The publication features forwards by both the current Chairman Kim Boehm and Robyn Archer, an excellent index at the back is included, and there is also a handy listing of the various dancers who performed under each of the artistic directors.  The writer, Maggy Tonkin, is a leading writer on dance who resides in Adelaide .

Considered radical, daring and new, Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) is Australia’s oldest continuously running contemporary dance company. Celebrating half a century of innovation in dance performance, FIFTY blends archival research, interviews and magnificent photos to take us from its founding by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman through to the exciting performances that are taking place nowunder the current Artistic Director Garry Stewart.

ADT’s tumultuous history is divided into seven chapters (each of the artistic directors reigns) with a striking portrait of each. The book fascinatingly follows the sometimes quite different paths ADT has taken under the successive artistic direction of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Jonathan Taylor, Lenny Westerdijk and Anthony Steel, Leigh Warren, Meryl Tankard, Bill Pengelly and Garry Stewart. Continue reading ‘FIFTY’ BY MAGGY TONKIN CHARTS THE HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE

LONNIE’S LAMENT : A NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY KEN BOLTON

LONNIE’S LAMENT,  the latest collection of poems by Ken Bolton, was recently published by Wakefield Press. Bolton has been a major figure in the Australian poetry and experimental writing scene for decades.  Whilst he says that he writes ‘to keep awake, and amused’, this latest collection is yet another reminder of how wonderful a writer he is.  

This rather small and slim book is in four sections. Most are new poems, some have been published in other collections before. They are incisively written often as stream of consciousness poems. Continue reading LONNIE’S LAMENT : A NEW BOOK OF POETRY BY KEN BOLTON

CATHERINE TRUMAN: TOUCHING DISTANCE

Featured image – Fish ForThe Fight (1993) by Catherine Truman.

‘Catherine Truman is medium agnostic. Although she is enduringly fond of intricately carving English lime wood, her oeuvre extends into contemporary jewellery, objects, performance, choreography, public sculpture, installation, photography & moving image. She is a holistic maker – acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her & her makings into the anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human ‘being’.’

Melinda Rackham 2015.

Treat yourself – grab this stunning book , beautifully brought to us by Wakefield Press . This publication is a visual feast, drawing on Rackham’s generous conversations with Truman and her extensive research into her archives, photographs, process documentation, journals, hard-drives and drawings. The book has been illustrated with ravishing, enticing images, predominantly by Grant Hancock. ( This book should receive awards for the photos alone, and Rackham’s insightful writing is thoughtful, clear and concise).

This publication made me want to book a plane trip to Adelaide  straight away and run to the Gray Street Workshop.

Catherine Truman is an established contemporary jeweller and object-maker whose works blur the disciplines of art and science. She is co-founder and current partner of the Gray Street Workshop – an internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia, where she currently works and lives. Continue reading CATHERINE TRUMAN: TOUCHING DISTANCE

STANLEY SPENCER – A TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH MASTER

 

Exquisitely, beautifully illustrated this is a large coffee table book, a fascinating visual feast . It is linked in with the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia which has just finished at Carrick Hill in Adelaide .It follows the story of Stanley Spencer’s various muses and the subjects that made him one of the greatest forces in British painting.

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is regarded as one of Britain’s most significant twentieth-century painters. Shortly after studying at the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Continue reading STANLEY SPENCER – A TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH MASTER

RICHARD MAUROVIC : SHAPING LIFE

This monograph, featuring over 120 of his artworks, traces the remarkable career of the painter Richard Maurovic. A large, lavishly illustrated enticing ‘coffee table ‘ book it is stunning, visually arresting and delicately draws the reader in.

It is twenty years since Richard Maurovic’s first solo exhibition in 1996. His 2016 exhibition of old and new works at the Hill Smith Gallery, Pirie Street, Adelaide, and the publication of this book celebrate his considerable achievements.

Often described as a ‘’super realist ‘” influenced by Jeffrey Smart, Richard Maurovic has in fact drawn on a wide range of artistic influences from Piero della Francesca to the American Precisionists painters, particularly Edward Hopper, and the Australian Modernists.

Human activity and its impact on the shaping of both rural and urban environments are of great concern to Maurovic .The visual geometric appeal of his subject matter, and explorations of colours, shapes, detail and patterns delight with his ‘bold structural compositions, saturated planes of colour and crisply rendered forms. Physically compromised by an accident in his early twenties, now wheelchair bound , Maurovic combines his interests and distinctive technique with extraordinary ingenuity in the pursuit of his very particular vision.

Richard Maurovic is an artist who, while summoning memories and associations of his beloved Adelaide and South Australian countryside, also makes statements of concern regarding the ubiquitous nature of modern landscape  design and consumerism, and in doing so connects us across both interstate and international boundaries ( ie street signs, views at airports).

The book is divided into several chapters , looking at Maurovic’s early life and then various aspects of his work – how he is fascinated by industry , transport and technology, portraits, still life works, landscapes and so on and also provides a chapter looking towards the future.

One section I particularly liked is the amazing Portraits .There are a couple of marvellous self portraits, one of Maurovic as a glamourous Napoleon, the other as a Doge of Venice ( echoing Carpaccio ).

The portrait of Suzanne Twelftree with its echoes of Frida Kahlo’s work is striking and challenging. There is also the striking Self Portrait in Wheelchair, with its unusual angles and viewpoint, revealing the restrictions he faces, and leading on to the whole discourse on artists and disability.

In the ‘People’ section paintings range from dizzying Brooklyn Bridge workers to that of a busy chef and also a homage to Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe in the picture Echelon Menwith Hill featuring a strange golf ball like clouds with the military base in the background.

A solitary bather at Bondi poses on the steps and we also see the posh QVB tea rooms and the elegant Adelaide Club dining room contrasted with the plastic dreariness of the State Library Café in Adelaide ( look! It’s Jeffrey Smart! )

The wonderful still lifes are also arresting close ups of Smarties or the stripey Chocolate Biscuit Dreaming for example ( not forgetting the donuts , Frog cakes and other wonderful textured foods that make you just hungry looking at them ) in their precisely observed and controlled detail. It also make one appreciate the finely detailed design and texture.

The Shaved Pigs Head and Lamb Rump paintings are rather disturbing and unsettling.

The landscapes are also glorious ranging from Adelaide to London  to Venice and elsewhere. There is an amazing sense of rushing speed with the works detailing planes, trains and trucks zooming everywhere.

At the back of the monograph there is a list of selected awards and exhibitions Maurovic has won /participated in. There is also a listing of all the works by Maurovic featured in the book and as well as a separate listing of the works by other artists included which are also acknowledged.

This monograph has been co-authored by Jennifer Palmer and Maggie Watson.

Jennifer Palmer is a retired broadcaster with ABC Radio National where she was responsible for the Social History Unit and other feature programs. She has also been a book reviewer and art reviewer for national newspapers, an interviewer for oral history collections and has published short stories.

Maggie Watson is an Art History Graduate of the University of Adelaide and holds a Masters in Fine and Decorative Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She worked in the Modern British Art department of Christies’s London before returning to Australia. As an art consultant she has written catalogue essays for several Australian artists, including Richard Maurovic’s Saatchi exhibition in 2014.

Category Arts, Architecture and Design
Format Jacketed hardback
Size 260 x 250 mm
ISBN 9781743054468
Extent 152 pages

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HYBRID BEAUTY : AN ARCHITECT, A MISSIONARY AND THEIR IMPROBABLE DESIRES

Newell Platten

“One lives a life, and then one reflects upon it”     Newell Platten

Just released by the wonderful Wakefield Press this is an amazing autobiography interweaving both the author’s and his parents incredible lives. Architecture is linked with a sense of place and an artist’s eye.

This is a very exciting medium sized book, at times rather breathlessly written. It is divided into three parts, includes a handy table of contents at the front, and a well coordinated index at the end with plenty of photos both black and white and colour- family photos , extraordinary shots of the native First Peoples in Papua New Guinea and glorious shots of particular architecture. Continue reading HYBRID BEAUTY : AN ARCHITECT, A MISSIONARY AND THEIR IMPROBABLE DESIRES

PLACES WOMEN MAKE BY JANE JOSE

Jose - second

Featured photo of Jane Jose by Kiren.

Jane Jose’s PLACES WOMEN MAKE tells the stories of women who have shaped and are shaping Australian cities – its buildings, spaces, and social and political agendas.

PLACES WOMEN MAKE features a forward by Wendy McCarthy AO. In regards to our own country it has a rather Sydney bias and concentrates mainly on the capital cities.

Internationally it looks at major cities such as London, New York and Singapore and the changes in their  cityscapes and environment.

Jose works as an urbanist, author and Chief Executive Officer  of the Sydney Community Foundation. Continue reading PLACES WOMEN MAKE BY JANE JOSE

DINING ALONE

Professor Barbara Santich, founder of the Graduate program in Food Studies at the University  Of Adelaide.
Professor Barbara Santich, founder of the Graduate program in Food Studies at the University Of Adelaide.

If you have an appetite and a zest for life then read on…

The promo blurb to DINING ALONE describe the collection thus, “Dining Alone was written by creative writing students at the University of Adelaide from 2007 to 2013; young and old, aggressive and reflective, wistful and resolute, some content in their cloak of solitude while others envy the love and laughter at other tables. The stories are poignant and surprising, sometimes with a hint of mystery or political intrigue; some have bittersweet endings while others celebrate brave new beginnings.”

The collection  has been edited by Professor Barbara Santich.  The students stories are journeys with food as well as being journeys of self discovery which satisfy, soothe and feed the soul’s cravings as well. Continue reading DINING ALONE

Awakenings: Four Lives in Art by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller

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Featured pic- Dora Ohlfsen, Ceres, 1910, Bronze Relief, Collection of the Art Gallery Of New South Wales.

This latest wonderful book by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller is fascinating, enthralling and inspirational. At times it makes one filled with envy at their extraordinary journeys, at other times deeply sympathetic at the poor treatment and lack of respect that they received.

AWAKENINGS: FOUR LIVES IN ART principally examines the lives and careers of the four women from the post Federation era to the turbulence of World War 11. This is a small to medium sized book, lavishly illustrated with both black and white and colour photos, has a brief index and a well researched bibliography.

My only quibble is with the rather rushed and abrupt Epilogue that wraps up the final stages of each of the subject’s lives. Having come to know so much about these four women I would have appreciated more detail. Continue reading Awakenings: Four Lives in Art by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller

Bodies of Thought

Kirsty Ayr in FLOW. Pic by Artur Radeki
A pic from a production of Gideon Obarzanek’s early work, GLOW. Pic by Artur Radeki. A pic taken from Gary Stewart’s work DEVOLUTION

BODIES OF THOUGHT:- Twelve Australian Choreographers- Edited by Erin Brannigan and Virginia Baxter

Beautifully presented , lavishly illustrated with lots of glorious photos, BODIES OF THOUGHT looks at twelve award winning Australian  choreographers who have international reputations and have created influential legacies. The choreographers featured are : Kate Champion, Rosalind Crisp , Tess De Quincey ,Russell Dumas, Lucy Guerin, Sue Healey, Helen Herbertson, Gideon Obarzanek , Stephen Page , Gary Stewart , Meryl Tankard and Ros Warby .

It is interesting to note that in this case women outnumber men and that almost if not all the choreographers have held the position of Artistic Director, often of their own company. Continue reading Bodies of Thought