Good Reading : December 2003
Recent NGA publications Building the collection Pauline Green (ed.) Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, 2003 408pp fully illustrated in colour, with black and white documentary photographs $89.00 casebound $69.00 soft cover In the short period between the late 1960s (when the National Gallery project received the go-ahead from the government) and the Gallery’s opening in 1982, the national collection of art took shape. To the many thousands who visited the Gallery for the first time in October 1982, the collection seemed to have been born in full form, and it is probably true to say that as the years have passed this perception has become entrenched. To commemorate our 20th anniversary, writers have delved into the archives and tapped first-hand recollections to tell stories that are unique to the National Gallery of Australia. Authors include the Gallery’s three successive directors and another three who are now gallery directors themselves. Other writers provide individual accounts of collections that make up the national collection of art. the various At home in Australia Peter Conrad 250pp with 205 illustrations, 28 in colour This paperback edition is published by the National Gallery of Australia in association with Thames & Hudson $49.00 At home in Australia features some 200 works fromthe Gallery’s collection of Australian photography. It is written by the globetrotting expatriate Australian writer and cultural critic Peter Conrad. Through the art of the nation’s photographers At home in Australia teases out the story of how Australians have created a sense of belonging in the desert, the bush and on the beach. The author discusses images ranging from those produced by some of the earliest photographers in the 19th century to the recent works by internationally successful contemporary photo-media artists. The book is not a linear history of the medium of photography, but rather takes a more iconographic approach to reveal multidisciplinary insights, continuities and relationships between the images and the wider psychological and social experience of living in Australia. nga shop Ph: 1800 808 337 (freecall) or (02) 6240 6420 Monday–Friday between 9am and 5pm EST Fax: (02) 6240 6628 Mail: National Gallery Shop, PO Box 1150, Canberra ACT 2601 Internet: ngashop.com.au Gallery Shop hours: 10am–5pm seven days a week The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.