Title: 101 Contemporary Australian Artists
Author: KELLY GELLATLY (ED)
101 Contemporary Australian Artists showcases some of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary practitioners, ranging from emerging artists to established senior figures. Their engaging work, across a variety of media including painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, installation, new media and the moving image, photography, fashion and textiles, and Indigenous art, reveals the vital creativity of Australian artists today. Featuring stunning full-page illustrations as well as illuminating accounts of each artist written by leading NGV curators, this landmark volume recognises the differing perspectives and emotional agendas of contemporary artists, and the important contribution they make to our community.
Title: Adventures of Napoleon and Josephine
Author: PHIP MURRAY
The Adventures of Napoleon and Josephine is an ideal introduction to this captivating period in France’s history. Packed with interesting historical and cultural facts, this title is a delight for the imaginative and inquisitive reader aged six to twelve. In the spirit of discovery and exploration, Phip Murray’s engaging writing transports the audience to Revolution-era France, where she traces Napoleon and Josephine’s footsteps across Europe. This delightful publication features reproductions of prominent works from the era, fun facts and figures, and French vocabulary appropriate for the younger audience. Simultaneously educational and entertaining, this book captures the very essence of adventure.
Title: Ballet and Fashion
Author: ROGER LEONG
Ballet and fashion have inspired each other for as long as performers have been dressing up and dancing. Produced in close collaboration with The Australian Ballet, this elegant publication showcases some of the most successful collaborations between fashion designers and dance companies in recent history. Striking designs by fashion luminaries such as Akira Isogawa, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Christian Lacroix, Ralph Rucci, Valentino and Viktor&Rolf are presented, which boast new interpretations and experimentations with fashion, form, movement and shape.
Title: Bea Maddock
Author: ALISA BUNBURY
Bea Maddock is one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, recognised in particular for her innovative and evocative prints. In a career spanning more than forty years, Maddock’s emotionally resonant art has explored feelings of loneliness and vulnerability, the media’s representation of violence and, more recently, Australia’s Indigenous history. Featuring stunning works on paper and paintings selected from the NGV’s collection, as well as an in-depth essay by curator Alisa
Bunbury that elucidates Maddock’s conceptual rigour and commitment to process, this beautiful publication serves as the perfect introduction to the artist’s practice and her significant contribution to twentieth-century Australian art.
Title: Curious Cats in the National Gallery of Victoria
Author: LAURIE BENSON
Curious Cats in the National Gallery of Victoria is one of three titles in the NGV’s new gift book series. Many of the felines will be recognisable—works by Lionel Lindsay, Albrecht Dürer, David Hockney and Eileen Mayo are included. Laurie Benson’s engaging essay touches on the role cats have played in art, myths, legends and literature across varied cultures and civilisations. His text, along with the stunning reproductions, captures the feline nature and its appeal: complex, mischievous and full of vitality.
Title: Dashing Dogs in the National Gallery of Victoria
Author: FRANCES LINDSAY
The NGV collection contains a vast number of works featuring man’s best friend. Dashing Dogs in the National Gallery of Victoria shines the spotlight on the best selection of these works. Frances Lindsay celebrates the beautiful relationship between humans and dogs, beginning with the earliest signs of domestication and companionship, and following with the impact dogs have made in art, culture and history. The works featured include photographs, paintings and sculpture from the eighteenth century and beyond. The exquisite Dashing Dogs is another fantastic title in the NGV’s gift book series.
Title: Eugene Von Guerard: Nature Revealed
Inspired by the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, Eugene von Guérard travelled to the Australian New World to paint its landscapes, geology and vegetation. Today the beautiful portrayals of the Australian landscape have become critically relevant to understanding our fragile environment. Drawing on new research and previously unpublished works, Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed follows the artist’s early life through the great centres of Rome, Naples and Dusseldorf and examines the ways in which nineteenth-century German art and science
informed his vision of Australian landscape. Featuring contributions from leading art writers, conservators and scientists, this important volume offers a compelling new reading of works from one of Australia’s most significant landscape painters.
Title: Flourishing Flowers in the National Gallery of Victoria
Author: KIRSTY GRANT
Some of the world’s most striking works of art are inspired by botanicals and flowers, and the NGV’s collection boasts a number of them. Through a stunning selection of floral art, Kirsty Grant explores the significance and symbolism of botanicals and their popularity in art. Equally relevant and popular in the East and West, the works in Flourishing Flowers in the National Gallery of Victoria are wonderfully colourful, vibrant and joyous. With artists such as Margaret Preston, Eva Rogers, Emily Kam Kngwarray and Hagetsu Tosatsu featured, this stunning gift book is a delightful addition to any personal library.
Title: Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster
Author: CATHY LEAHY, JENNIFER SPINKS, CHARLES ZIKA (EDS)
Essays by Dagmar Eichberger, Larry Silver, Jennifer Spinks, Charles Zika
Europe experienced great turmoil between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Bitter religious conflicts, war and other disasters such as plague and famine generated deep anxieties and were increasingly read as divine punishments or warnings that the Last Days were imminent. Artists gave expression to these fears in a range of extraordinary images that are analysed in depth in this publication. Illustrations of the Apocalypse, as well as images of skeletons personifying Death, and of physically deformed creatures, extreme natural phenomena and diabolical witches were all manifestations of the sense of impending social and religious crisis. Lavishly illustrated with works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Jacques de Gheyn II and Stefano della Bella, The Four Horsemen: Apocalypse, Death and Disaster provides a fascinating insight into the art, culture and turbulent times in later medieval, Renaissance and early modern Europe.
Title: Fred Kruger: Intimate Landscapes
Author: ISOBEL CROMBIE
The first comprehensive account of photographer Fred Kruger, a German migrant whose detailed and compelling images draw us into an intimate experience of the Victorian landscape. Isobel Crombie’s fascinating account shows how Kruger’s photographs are complex constructions that are often embedded in the political and social circumstances in which he lived. One of his most notable assignments was to record life at the Aboriginal settlement of Coranderrk in 1876 and 1883. Working at a time when the reserve was in rebellion, Kruger’s vision of Australia as a land of peace and productivity was unsettled by the demands of his assignment.In her engaging narrative, Crombie demonstrates how Kruger’s combination of rich context, strong sense of time and place, and a highly distinctive command of photographic language makes his work so notable in the history of Australian photography.
Title: Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series
Author: PHIPPS & GRANT
Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series celebrates one of the great series of landscape paintings in twentieth century Australian art. Featuring curatorial essays, excerpts from Williams’s working diaries, and with full-colour images featured throughout, this notable publication provides insight into Fred Williams’s distinctive vision of the Australian landscape. First published in 2002, this specially revised 2011 edition offers a fresh and extended study including an additional essay contributed by Lyn Williams, along with additional artworks and a revitalised design.
Title: Gustave Moreau & the Eternal Feminine
This spectacular publication offers a survey of the many aesthetic faces of Gustave Moreau, from highly finished Salon oil paintings, meticulous presentation drawings and vivid pen and ink sketches, to the stunning opulence of his glowing watercolours and swift painterly oil studies.
It also considers the full range of Moreau’s obsessions with exotic subject matter, from classical antiquity and the ancient Far East, to some of Christianity’s more lurid escapades and the poetic narratives of the Middle Ages.