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Collaboration, friendship, love, loss and connection – these motifs permeate the final NGV Magazine for 2019. Come with us on a journey into the curious worlds created by photographers Petrina Hicks and Polixeni Papapetrou, get to know the long-misunderstood William Blake through his wood engravings, and relax into our Deep Read, by British novelist Kim Devereux, to consider the enduring, and sometimes complex, relationships between creative people and their muses. We also consider the world of Australian painter Mortimer Menpes (1855–1938), whose affinity for Japan would come to define his life and career.Buy now
‘A new NGV exhibition, Petrina Hicks: Bleached Gothic, along with Olympia: Photographs by Polixeni Papapetrou, re-skins notions of intimacy, honesty and reality in art and photography, opening up an ambiguous grey zone of time, existence and ‘being-ness’.
By Isobel CrombieART IN FOCUS Polixeni Papapetrou's Prize Thimble
‘Prize thimble, 2004, a work from Papapetrou’s Wonderland series, exemplifies Papapetrou’s fascination with the writing and photography of Lewis Carroll, including his most famous and much-loved character, Alice.’
By Susan van WykSECRET LIFE OF ART The Fascinating Mortimer Menpes
‘The writer Oscar Wilde … mocked Menpes’s belief that he could understand Japanese culture by travelling there.’
By Petra Kayser and Holly McGowan-JacksonMUSEUM SPOTLIGHT The Misunderstood William Blake
‘Blake was famously neglected during his lifetime … but each subsequent generation has rediscovered Blake in its own way – as an eccentric visionary, exemplary Romantic genius, mystic, dedicated artisan or radical hero.’
By Martin Myrone and Louise WilsonLIFE & TIMES The Intricate Designs of Lisa Waup
‘By incorporating found objects into her weaving, Waup breathes new life into these organic materials, guided by their unique shapes and textures as she makes her own work.’
By Hannah PresleySTUDIO Australian Textile Artist Tammy Kanat
‘Never sure how a work will transpire, Kanat sits or stands at her loom and allows the tapestry to emerge, realising that the final output is often affected by her emotions at the time or the events in her life.’
By Paola Di Trocchio