NGV Magazine
Issue 15 Mar–Apr 2019

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.

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Alexander Calder American 1898–1976 Molluscs 1955 oil on canvas 76.2 x 101.6 cm Calder Foundation, New York © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Copyright Agency, Australia Photo Credit : Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY

ALEXANDER CALDER: RADICAL INVENTOR

'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.

Hans Heysen  Sewing (The artist's wife)  1913 oil on canvas 82.0 x 86.0 cm 73.0 x 78.0 cm (framed) The Cedars, Hahndorf The Hans Heysen Estate © C Heysen

HANS AND NORA HEYSEN: TWO GENERATIONS OF AUSTRALIAN ART

'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

NGV Design ChallengeElectronics are the fastest growing waste stream in the world Image courtesy John Gertsakis

MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK

'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: Viewing China on display at NGV International as part of Melbourne Design Week 2019

SO-IL: VIEWING CHINA

'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

England Visiting dress 1897 cotton, balleen, silk Gift of Krystyna Campbell‑Pretty and the Campbell‑Pretty Family through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2019

The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift

'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

Rosslynd Piggott in her studio Photo: Selina Ou

ROSSLYND PIGGOTT: I SENSE YOU BUT I CANNOT SEE YOU

'In many instances, Piggott connects contemporary and personal experiences through subtle gestures in an effort to direct our gaze to the fragile beauty of the natural world.'
Jane Devery on the work of Australian artist Rosslynd Piggott

COVER STORY: HE CHANGED THE COURSE OF MODERN ART: ALEXANDER CALDER / DESIGN FROM ALL ANGLES WITH MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK 2019 / NEW INTERPRETATIONS OF PUBLISHING: MELBOURNE ART BOOK FAIR / TRAILBLAZERS AND GROUNDBREAKERS: HANS AND NORA HEYSEN

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