Articles by: Dermot McCaul

Victor Hugo, Rigoletto and a charming battleship

Victor Hugo, Rigoletto and a charming battleship

August 15, 2014

Arts, Film, Music:

  With the State Library’s major exhibition, Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, currently showing, I thought it might be timely to delve into just a few… Read More ›

War and the arts: strange bedfellows

War and the arts: strange bedfellows

August 8, 2014

Arts, Music, Painting, Popular music, 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

Arts, Painting:

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 ›

Paris and its people: “La plus ça change…”

Paris and its people: “La plus ça change…”

July 12, 2014

Arts:

Anna Welch from our History of the Book collection whets our appetite for all things Victor Hugo: To complement the library’s upcoming major new exhibition in the Keith Murdoch Gallery,… Read More ›

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

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

June 26, 2014

Arts, Painting, 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 ›

Music here, there and everywhere: on a stream near you!

Music here, there and everywhere: on a stream near you!

June 13, 2014

Arts, Music, Popular music:

It is simply amazing the type of library we can have in our own homes, and without taking up all that shelf space!   This opera gala from Cologne comes… Read More ›

New books: pulps, punks and posters

New books: pulps, punks and posters

May 30, 2014

Arts, New books:

 The mining of popular culture continues apace…… Alternative movie posters : film art from the underground by Matthew Chojnacki No, not posters for “alternative” movies, but alternative posters for mainstream… Read More ›

Charles Marville and the changing face of Paris

Charles Marville and the changing face of Paris

May 19, 2014

Arts, Photography:

With the State Library’s major Victor Hugo exhibition coming up in July, the name of Charles Marville has been getting mentioned in despatches recently. One of the very greatest photographers… Read More ›

Happy birthday Shakespeare; 450, but who’s counting?

Happy birthday Shakespeare; 450, but who’s counting?

May 9, 2014

Arts, Film, Performing Arts, Theatre:

William Shakespeare isn’t looking too bad for 450……. Henry IV, parts 1 & 2: Shakespeare’s Globe To many people the plays Henry IV  and Henry V hold a special place… Read More ›

If it’s Easter it must be…..

If it’s Easter it must be…..

April 18, 2014

Arts, Music:

Bach, of course!   The glorious opening sinfonia from J.S.Bach’s Easter Oratorio, with Philippe Herreweghe conducting his Concerto Vocale orchestra:     I love the way those trumpets peal like… Read More ›