Issue 1 - Art Collector

July-September 1997


Australia’s Most Wanted
With the local art market emerging strongly from recession, Judith White
goes looking for Australia’s most collectable artists... and finds them.

Mike Stevenson
With his exquisitely drawn pencil copies of works by Postmodern icons like Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons, New Zealander Mike Stevenson is turning irony into an artform. Or is he? asks critic Rex Butler.

HJ Wedge
In an extract from HJ Wedge’s book Wiradjuri Spirit Man we reproduce his painting The White Manager, while Jody Chester profiles one of our leading indigenous artists.

News & Features


Money for Art’s Sake
Will that “must have” purchase lead to easy street or the poor house?
Deborah Tarrant asks experts: is art a good investment?

Buying Contemporary Art
Confronting the cold white cube of the gallery need not be a daunting experience. Andrew G. Frost talks to leading gallerists about the dos and don’ts and the nuts and bolts of making that first purchase.

Collector: Ginny Green
The daughter of Loti and Victor Smorgon tells Deborah Tarrant about growing up in the art world, and her modest passion for living with art. Photography by Geoffrey Boccalatte.

Gallerist: Anna Schwartz
Cerebral Melbourne gallerist Anna Schwartz prefers ideas before commerce. Result? A stable that swells with the country’s leading contemporary atists. She spoke to Felecity Colman.

Essay: Rock Pet
Writer and critic Edward Colless has taken a long hard look at “the new sculpture”, and is amused.

Q & A: Betty Churcher
The outgoing director of the National Gallery of Australia replies on nationalism, blockbusters acquisitions, and the Captain Cook that got away.

It’s Political
Indigenous art is not all dots, dashes and dreamings. Michael Hutak surveys the trail-blazers who are taking urban Aboriginal art to the world.

Critics Cornered
While Robert Hughes believes it is a conflict of interest for a critic to collect art, many of his cotemporaries say it’s all perfectly above board. Deborah Tarrant reports.

Art Into Focus
As photography is revolutionised by new technology, now is the perfect time to begin collecting, says critic and photo-journalist Robert McFarlane. He sorts out the daguerrotypes from the stereotypes.

Cringe Bites Back
Some of Australia’s most influential artists overseas are unknown in the land of their birth, writes journalist and saleroom correspondent Terry Ingram.

Paper Economy
Prints, etching, collage, lithographs – all these and more come under the umbrella of works on paper. Andrew G. Frost provides an overview and previews the upcoming International Works on Paper Fair.

Does Death Sell?
It’s often said that for some artists, dying is the best career move they ever made. Art market analyst Dr. Roger Dedman investigates.