Issue 37 - Art Collector

July-September 2006
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Cover artist: Tim Silver: Kiss of the vampire
Edward Colless sees traces of vampires throughout Tim Silver’s entire body of work but in his latest exhibition the vampire has emerged as a literal figure.

Makinti Napanangka: Under the desert sky
Pupunya Tula mainstay Makinti Napanangka is often referred to as “number one” by the other artists. Jennifer Isaacs visited her remote desert home and watched this remarkable painter at work.

Imants Tillers’s Large Canvas
During the 1980s Imants Tillers enjoyed a cult following as one of the coolest of the postmodernist artists. Today, John McDonald writes, after a civilised withdrawal from Sydney to regional New South Wales, his work reflects a more mature and serious engagement with history.

Louise Paramor’s: Beautiful ugly, ugly beautiful
Louise Paramor is fascinated with desire and attraction and the dysfunctional representations they thrown up. She told Ashley Crawford that it’s her job to dismantle the original intention of these images.

Bernard Ollis’s joie-de-vivre
As Director of the National Art School, it might be expected that Bernard Ollis would have little time to spend in his studio, but he told John McDonald that he grabs every opportunity. Painting is a passion for him.

Dossier: Alun Leach-Jones: painter, printmaker, sculptor
Peter Pinson charts the art life of Alun Leach-Jones who has already been
the subject of an impressively extensive bibliography.

Smart art: Under $3,000
Australian Art Collector's art writers and critics present the best buys for under $3,000 by both emerging and established writers:
Benzo, Nicholas Blowers, Rob BRown, Robyn Burgess, Stephen Haley, David Hawley, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Paul Knight, Rob McHaffie, Dennis Nona, Shane Pickett, Marc Rambeau, Brie Trenerry.

News & Analysis


The look of the west
2006 Biennale of Sydney curator Dr Charles Merewether told Carmel Dwyer this Biennale throws up a challenge to think beyond our own shores.

A short history of Christie’s in Australia
After 36 uninterrupted years of auctions in Australia, Christie's has scaled down its operations. Terry Ingram reflects on the role the international company has played in the Australian art market.

Painted into a corner
While the rest of Australia gets carried away by the Archibald carnival every year, much of the art world maintains an observant distance. Andrew Frost examines some of the reasons for this snobbery.

That’s typical
Collectors have always preferred to play it safe by purchasing an artist's more typical works but Terry Ingram asks whether they might not be missing out on rare works that can give a collection great distinction.

The New Deal
The changing shape of the contemporary art world has forced a new generation of gallerists to do things differently and develop their own style along the way, writes Carmel Dwyer.


Dealer: Melissa Collins: Surviving the ages
Thirty years since its first bark paintings exhibition, Carmel Dwyer traces Hogarth’s solid history dealing Aboriginal art.

Collectors: Mathew Vadas and Jenny Gamble: Accidental collectors
They have no stated or discussed curatorial theme preferring simply to buy what appeals to them at the time, and yet the combined works of Mathew Vadas and Jenny Gamble have something of the most precisely curated collection. Story by Jena Woodburn.

Deal me in: Sarah Cottier: Back to base
After a three year break from the contemporary art world Sarah Cottier and Ashley Barber are back with a fresh vision and a new location in the Paddington art belt. Andrew Frost spoke to Cottier about their plans.

Printmaker: Rona Green
Melbourne-based printmaker Rona Green uses lighthearted images to comment on animal cruelty. Sasha Grishin is confronted by her teddies with attitude.