NGV Magazine

Issue 33
Mar– Apr 2022

In the Mar–Apr 22 edition of NGV Magazine,we introduce the landmark new NGV online program Observations: Women in Art and Design History 1500–1970 with a range of essays that share new insights and research into some of the most important artists in history. NGV curator Danielle Whitfield interviews Paris-based curator and cultural programmer and expert Raina-Lampkins-Fielder about a powerful, symbolic and dynamic forthcoming acquisition, Housetop variation by Martha Pettway, which addresses and dispels historical hierarchies within the canon of art history. We also take a close look at the new NGV exhibition, QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection, which reconsiders artworks in the NGV Collection through a queer lens.

March also celebrates the annual Melbourne Design Week and Melbourne Art Book Fair, along with the newest initiative in 2022, Melbourne Design Fair.

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Features in this issue

OBSERVATIONS A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists, 1500-1900

‘While each artist’s experiences were individual and specific, all confronted a patriarchal artistic establishment that discriminated against women in many ways, as well as laws and powerful social conventions that defined how women were expected to operate in the world.’

By Dr. Maria Quirk

INTERVIEW Creating History: Martha Pettway

‘These rich contemporary African American visual art traditions from the South offer a powerful insight and fresh perspectives into some of the most compelling political and societal issues of our time and in so many ways in the work that is expressed not only through subject or theme or content, but also through the materials used themselves.’

By Danielle Whitfield

OBSERVATIONS The colourful life and times of Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

‘She could produce a more conservative portrait when her client desired one, and she often introduced classical elements reflecting contemporary taste, as she did by styling Mademoiselle de Brionne as the Roman goddess Diana.’

By Laurie Benson

EXHIBITION Looking Beyond the Frame in QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection

‘Over the course of our conversation, they generously and richly contextualised these photographs and the milestone in Melbourne’s LGBTIQA+ history they represent.’

By Meg Slater


‘Melbourne Design Week returns for its sixth iteration in 2022 to ask designers and audiences to consider how they can collaborate to create a better and healthier future. Over eleven days, the program showcases the best design in Australia with talks, tours, exhibitions and workshops across Melbourne and regional Victoria.’

CLOSING SOON Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

‘Today the 2.55 bag is instantly recognisable by its rectangular shape, diamond-quilted leather exterior and top flap closure swivel clasp, known as the ‘Mademoiselle lock’.’

By Katie Sommerville