Explore art and design past and present with March/April NGV Magazine and the new autumn exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor. Also in this issue, redefine the impact, and remit, of publishing with Melbourne Art Book Fair, consider how design can change our worlds with Melbourne Design Week and look closely at nineteenth and early twentieth century fashion design from a Visiting Dress to Coco Chanel. We also visit the studio of Australian artist Rosslynd Piggott and celebrate early trailblazers Hans and Nora Heysen.
'Extraordinary artistic innovations define each decade of Alexander Calder’s career between the 1920s and the 1970s, making him one of the few twentieth-century artists whose practice continued to be vital and relevant between the eras of Cubism and Minimalism.'
Miranda Wallace on Alexander Calder's influence.
'Just as Hans’s work emblematised the notion of ‘knowing’ nature through the study of landscape, so Nora knew nature through flowers and through people.'
Angela Hesson introduces Hans and Nora Heysen: Two generations of Australian Art
'A waste-free future represents a major challenge but one which we must pursue if we are to avoid depleting scarce resources, causing environmental harm and robbing future generations of a sustainable lifestyle.'
John Gertsakis on the future of design.
'SO–IL’s vitrines do not merely display, but actually dissect the conventional viewing of the object, forcing visitors to redefine their relationship to the work.'
Matthew Martin on SO-IL's vitrines
'The charming nineteenth-century dress, though unlabelled, had a strong graphic design and a distinctive 1890s silhouette featuring a cinched waist, high lace collar, puffed leg-of-mutton sleeves and a long flowing skirt hugging tightly at the hips to emphasise the curved silhouette. It was reflective of its era’s high-fashion silhouette.'
Paola Di Trocchio on The visiting dress 1897
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