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This Month's cover :

Jock Puautjimi (cast with Luna Ryan), Pukumani Pole, Buffalo Horn, 2006/07, kiln cast crystal, metal, rubber. Installation view from the exhibition Mamana Mamanta (Tiwi language for ‘gradual friendship’), 10 November to 16 December 2007, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra. Image courtesy the artists, Tiwi Design, Bathurst Island, and Craft ACT, Canberra. Photograph by Creative Image Photography. Mamana Mamanta is currently being developed by Craft ACT for a national tour.

Issue #208 on stands 1 April 2008



Issue 208
April 2008




   01 Editorial

Double or nothing

This issue hinges on two things really, or rather on ‘two’ as an underlying structure. Mamana Mamanta, a Tiwi Aboriginal term for ‘gradual friendship’, is the title of the... more >


   02 Back to the City? the re-berth of coal LISA SLADE & GERALDINE BOBSIEN

Image caption: Allan Chawner, Pasha wave, 2007, digital print. Collection Newcastle Region Art Gallery. First exhibited in Float: watercraft in art, Lake Macquarie City Art Galler... more >


   03 Old Skool Rules and the Yearning for Roots RIC SPENCER

Image caption: Soda_Jerk, Astro Black: A History of Hip Hop (Episode One), 2007. Courtesy the Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest.

Extract: p.10 issue #208

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   04 Working on New Directions for the Arts PETER ANDERSON

Image caption: Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002), Warlugulong, 1977, synthetic polymer paint on canvas. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased with the generous assistan... more >


   05 Postcard from KL & Jogja HAYLEY WEST

Image caption: Hayley West, CAN (detail), 2007, still from performance DVD, from the exhibition Bangun - Abandon Project, 1 – 3 February 2008, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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   06 Weaving around the traps ­in Melbourne ANNA CLABBURN

Image caption: Alan Joshua Jnr, Fishing by the coast, 2008, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Ngukurr Arts. Photograph by Steven Pam Photography.

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   07 Jan Martin 1939 − 2008 CHRISTOPHER HEATHCOTE

Image caption: (l to r) Mayatil Marika and Banduk Marika with Jan Martin, 1989.

Extract: p.23 issue #208

The passing of Jan Martin, who slipped away quickly, and peacefully, on 17 Janua... more >


   08 The QCP: ongoing analysis and a constant receptivity, an interview with Maurice Ortega ADAM GECZY

Image caption: Marian Drew, Crow with salt, 2003, Giclee print. Courtesy the artist.

Extract: p.25 issue #208

Adam Geczy: What was the motivation to create the... more >


   09 Monument to Memory: Woomera in Australian contemporary art VERONICA TELLO

Image caption: Rosemary Laing, Welcome to Australia, 2004, Type C photograph. Courtesy of Rosemary Laing and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.

Extract: p.29 issue #208

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   10 Breaking the Veils at Shepparton JACQUI VERROCCHIO

Image caption:  Laila Shaw (Palestine), Twenty Targets, 1994, silkscreen on paper. Collection of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts.  

Extract: p.33 issue #208

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   11 The Repression of the Irrepressible: Mona Ryder’s Barcelona Twostep NOLA FARMAN

Image caption:  Mona Ryder, Lost Parcel, 2007, crutches, wheels, MDF and fake fur, wrapped parcel with stamps, shoes, red dyed stockings and metal cross. Courtesy the artist. Photogra... more >


   12 The dance of Carmencita: Flamenco and the Avant-garde JUSTINE BAYOD ESPOZ

Image caption: Martin Ramon Durban Bielsa, Cafe Concert, 1936. Oil on canvas. Courtesy Reina Sofia National Art Museum.

Extract: p.41 issue #208

Flamenco music and dance and th... more >


   13 Book: Bernard Smith: The Formalesque: A Guide to Modern Art and its History RACHEL JESSIE-RAE O’CONNOR

Book review: Bernard Smith: The Formalesque: A Guide to Modern Art and its History

Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2007, 136 pages, $77 rrp

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