Attitudes to Architecture
A capsule history of architecture in Australia that traces the evolution through a few key periods from colonial basics to the best of cutting edge but environmentally conscious contemporary style. For the full story from ArtLife 2017, see here ArtLife architecture margaret barca 2017
Books as Art
In an age when visual artists can express themselves in so many ways – from digital projection and manipulation to installations in remote locales and artwork on sky-high silos – it seems almost anachronistic to consider an artist creating a simple book. But artists are doing this today, as artists have for centuries. From Artlife magazine. Read the full story here
Women of Substance: The Arrival of the Modern
Although often relegated to the fringes of the art world in the early 1900s, women artists played a pivotal role in introducing modern art to Australia. This story was published in ArtLife, the journal of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. How powerful is this Grace Crowley portrait of Miss Gwen Ridley, from 1930? The original is in the Art Gallery of SA. Read the full story here
Private passions become public
Researching this story gave me a view into the generosity and arts savvy of some of Australia’s key arts patrons, including the owners of the wonderful White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney and the quirky David Walsh of MONA. The feature was in the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Bulletin.
Heide – Reeds like a thriller
Heide, in Melbourne’s Heidelberg, has an intriguing history with links
to iconic Australian artists including Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman,
but that’s just part of its character. The vision of arts patrons John and
Sunday Reed has seen their former home evolve into an exceptional museum
and art gallery, with contemporary gallery spaces and sculpture garden.
(Shannon Bennett’s Cafe Vue at Heide is pretty good too!).
This feature was in the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Bulletin.
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From the NGV Gallery magazine’s 150th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, 2011:
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An article about Gareth Sansom from NGV Gallery magazine
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Three NGV Gallery magazine covers. As Editor of the National Gallery
of Victoria’s Gallery for several years I had a privileged
entree to some exceptional art and wonderful curators over several years.