Issue 38 - Art Collector

October-December 2006
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Cover artists: Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy: Home and Away
They may live out of a suitcase but Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy work on a monumental scale, whether it’s pulling down houses or driving an army tank onto a Sydney headland. Edward Colless gets caught up in the action.

Bernhard Sachs: A space of lostness
Bernhard Sachs carries the history of painting around in his head; a museum of images he draws upon for his own work. He spoke to Ingrid Periz.

Del Kathryn Barton’s heavy petting
Del Kathryn Barton’s sexy portraits of girls with animals can be quite explicit, but Edward Colless says there’s even more to them than meets the eye. Photography by Stephen Oxenbury.

Richard Bell’s Psychoanalysis
Is Richard Bell thinking that he wouldn’t exist as an “Aborigine” outside the white gaze which grants him identity? Rex Butler interprets the artist’s aphorisms.

Nick Mangan: Seriously unnerved
Still recovering from his recent trip to Arnhem Land, Nick Mangan spoke to Ashley Crawford about his reverse culture shock and its impact on his latest work.

Hany Armanious: In the heart of the wood
There’s an undeniable beauty in much of Hany Armanious’s work but, writes Andrew Frost, the magic he conjures is not Disney-esque.

Vicki Varvaressos: Spaces of the psyche
Over the course of a 30-year painting career Vicki Varvaressos’s concerns have ranged from mass media representations of gender to a more private interiority. The artist spoke to Ingrid Periz.

News & Analysis

Collaborations in the immaterial
Artist group collaborations are a form of art making often adopted in opposition to the art market. Andrew Frost notes an upsurge in their number internationally coinciding with the recent unprecedented expansion of the art market. He takes a look at the imaginative projects of three home-grown groups.

Rare privileges
Invitations to visit artists at their studios are highly valued by collectors but rarely extended by dealers. According to Carmel Dwyer these intimate encounters are loaded with the potential to become uncomfortable.

Crossing the divide
Terry Ingram gathers evidence of a growing list of artists once rejected by the art establishment who are now being taken seriously.

Record attendances at art fairs
With attendance up more than 20 per cent over the last fair, the 2006 Melbourne Art Fair was the most successful yet. Carmel Dwyer speaks to art consultants about how it stacks up against the world's most important art fairs.

Australian art - it’s an Aboriginal thing
Susan McCulloch spoke to Ashley Crawford about the latest edition of McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art and the particular challenges the well-respected directory inevitably throws up.

The stuff that surrounds us
Over here to promote his latest book The Architecture of Happiness, British pop philosopher Alain de Botton spoke to Jo Higgins about the psychological and emotional results of surrounding ourselves with particular objects. Whether those objects are works of art or architecture, the consequences are always profound.

All that big art out there
High expectations were held for Tim Klingenger's 10th annual aboriginal art auction for Sotheby's but the results were underwhelming. According to Carmel Dwyer the figures only tell part of the story.


Dealers: Bill and Anne Gregory: Mixing it up
Depending on your view the line-up at Annandale Galleries in Sydney is either eclectic and exciting or confusingly mixed. Either way, Carmel Dwyer says that Bill and Anne Gregory are succeeding at placing their artists in a global and memorable context.

Collector: Andrew Cameron: Relaxed & confident
Andrew Cameron’s introduction to the art world was 20 years ago when he bought his first work. Today he is one of this country’s most important and valued benefactors and ambassadors for the visual arts. He spoke to Carmel Dwyer about his own collection.

Dossier: Fred Cress figured it out
Within 10 years of arriving in Australia Fred Cress went from being an artist with a chip on his shoulder who couldn’t find a gallery to being one of the most successful painters of his generation. He told Sasha Grishin that was the easy part.

Deal me in: Dude, where’s my art?
Neon Parc’s founders and directors Geoff Newton and Tristian Koenig spoke to Ashley Crawford about the gallery’s sudden impact on the Melbourne scene.

Printmaker: Geraldine Berkemeier
In Sydney-based artist Geraldine Berkemeier's most successful prints  she captures a moment of transition, writes Sasha Grishin.