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War and the arts: strange bedfellows

War and the arts: strange bedfellows

August 8, 2014

Music, Painting, Popular music, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

 And the band played on: by Robert Holden (ebook) Robert Holden is undoubtedly one of our finest social and cultural historians, and this recent book is a timely examination of… Read More ›

Chance encounters with Australian art

Chance encounters with Australian art

July 28, 2014

Painting, Rare Books & Arts:

A chance encounter at a recent art auction viewing re-acquainted me with the lovely work of Dora Wilson, and I was delighted to find her work well represented in our… Read More ›

The cat

The cat

July 21, 2014

Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

I knew that my post on dogs in art would trigger a feline response….. Spend any time on the internet and you could be forgiven for thinking everyone likes cats… Read More ›

Woof woof woof: or the dog in art…..woof

Woof woof woof: or the dog in art…..woof

June 26, 2014

Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Now for some total self-indulgence! Having just welcomed two beautiful Whippets into the family (don’t get me started…), it seems like the ideal time to explore the central, if under-appreciated,… Read More ›

Collectors, museums and curious cabinets…….

Collectors, museums and curious cabinets…….

March 20, 2014

Decorative arts, Painting, Rare Books & Arts:

The glorious Piranesi exhibition currently on show here at the State Library has me thinking about the whole passionate business of collecting. The British as art collectors : from the… Read More ›

New books: the Duke, Sydney Moderns, glorious Sargent, and some nude men…..

New books: the Duke, Sydney Moderns, glorious Sargent, and some nude men…..

February 13, 2014

New books, Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Nude men : from 1800 to the present day: edited by Tobias G. Natter and Elisabeth Leopold This is the catalogue to a groundbreaking exhibition held at the Leopold Museum… Read More ›

New books for a new year

New books for a new year

January 2, 2014

New books, Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

What better way to start the new year…..  Australia: curated by Anne Gray, Ron Radford, Kathleen Soriano et. al. This major show of Australian art at the Royal Academy in… Read More ›

New books: landscapes, furniture and bathing in St. Kilda

New books: landscapes, furniture and bathing in St. Kilda

November 18, 2013

Furniture, Painting, Rare Books & Arts:

  Exposing Thomas Clark: a colonial artist in Western Victoria by Dr Peter Dowling and Daniel McOwab This might seem like an odd title, until you realise just how little… Read More ›

New Books, with a bit of Monkee business…..

New Books, with a bit of Monkee business…..

November 5, 2013

Music, New books, Painting, Popular music, Rare Books & Arts:

Monkee business : the revolutionary made-for-TV band by Eric Lefcowitz   Given that they were throroughly dismissed by just about everybody in the “serious”rock music business of the day, The… Read More ›

Bird Week: something to tweet about in Arts

Bird Week: something to tweet about in Arts

October 18, 2013

Painting, Rare Books & Arts, Visual arts:

Guest blogger and pigeon-fancier Jane Miller couldn’t resist celebrating Bird Week….. A bit of cross promotion here for Bird week (19-25 October) as the Arts Library includes in its’ collections… Read More ›