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Frank Stella

Wonderful over-sized hardcover monograph on the work of Frank Stella, published only in Japan in 1991. Lavishly illustrated throughout with countless works of Stella’s, focussing particularly on his incredible works from the 1970s and 1980s that merge painting and sculpture into brightly coloured three-dimensional constructions. Adding this new, dynamic dimensionality to the painting, incorporating cast aluminium or sculpted fibreglass, each highly decorated or painted piece is set in relief – shadows and perforations become as much a part of the composition as colour and light. Idiosyncratic, unique, cosmopolitan with titles derived from literature or music or a geographical locale, the topographical nature of these works demonstrates what one writer called a “chaotic sea of images,” but it is within this chaos that Stella harnesses to serve steady invention. Beautiful large photographs, including great photographic imagery of Stella’s studio and works in progress, along with an interview and biography to accompany the many large photographs.

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Forrest Bess
Seeing Things Invisible

The eccentric visionary artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) spent most of his life on the Texas coast working as a commercial fisherman. In his spare time, however, he painted prolifically, creating an extraordinary body of work rich with enigmatic symbolism. Bess experienced hallucinations that both frightened and intrigued him, and he incorporated images from these visions into small-scale abstract paintings starting in the mid-1940s. His canvases attracted an underground following, and between 1949 and 1967, Betty Parsons organized six solo exhibitions of Bess’s work at her prominent New York City gallery. Since then, the art world has periodically rediscovered his work, most recently through a 2012 Whitney Biennial installation by American sculptor Robert Gober, which further exposed Bess’s psychological, medical, and religious theories. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is the artist’s first museum retrospective with catalogue in the United States and offers a fresh look at Bess’s work and a better understanding of this curious and complicated artist.

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Yayoi Kusama
Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968 / In Full Bloom: Yayoi Kusama, Years in Japan

 

The original two-volume Japanese slipcase edition, published in conjunction with the exhibition “Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968” which travelled between Japan and the US in 1999. This edition was available for the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo staging of the exhibition, and has been long out of print. Both volumes here are lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photographs of Yayoi Kusama’s history of work – the first book (“Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968”) being a catalogue for the exhibition, featuring essays and documentation of the works in the exhibit spanning the years 1958-1968, including her New York happenings, whilst the second book (“In Full Bloom: Yayoi Kusama, Years in Japan”) illuminates many rarely seen works outside of Japan. Accompanied by texts, an interview and an exhibition history, this book is broken into the sections 1945-1959, 1970-1999 and is densely illustrated with colour documentation of her work created in Japan. Together chronicling Kusama’s life of creating work across painting, collage, soft sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations, of which most exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colours, repetition, and pattern, this comprehensive and collectable publication illustrates an extremely influential artist’s life of work. Based in conceptual art, Kusama’s work shows attributes of Feminism, Minimalism, Surrealism, Art Brut, Pop Art, Nouvelle Tendence (Op, Kinetic, etc.) and Abstract Expressionism, and is infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content. Kusama is truly uncategorizable, and is celebrated as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.

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LIP 1978/79



The incredible book-sized 1978-79 edition of Melbourne’s great LIP journal. Published out of Carlton between 1976-1984, LIP encapsulated Australian feminist artistic practice of the period, publishing articles and interviews by women on women in film, sound, theatre, painting, photography, poetry, criticism, activism, journalism, publishing, sculpture, design, education, and much more.

In this issue: Art Sense and Sensibility: Women’s Art and Feminist Criticism – Janine Burke; Aboriginal Women: Ritual and Culture – Diane Bell interviewed by Lesley Dumbrell; Map of Transition: Performance – Jillian Orr; Jane Sutherland – Frances Lindsay; Sybil Craig – Mary Eagle; Make Your Own Teaset – Mary Newsome; Women’s Images of Women – Barbara Hall; In Search of Old Mistresses – Patricia Symons; Women Ceramacists; Olive Bishop interviewed by Julie Ewington; Margaret Dodd Talking with Julie Ewington; Lorrain Jenyns; Wendy Stavrianos interviewed by Pauline Petrus; The Development of a Political View: A Conversation Between Two Women Artists – Jennifer Barwell and Vivienne Binns; Micky Allan interviewed by Suzanne Davies; Photographs –
Jacqueline Mitelman; From the Ground Up – Photographs – Virginia Coventry; Survey of Women’s Art Theory Courses and Feminine Sensibility – Janine Burke; The Women’s Art Register Extension Project – Bonita Ely; Sisterhood ― For Whom? Jude Adams and Jenny Barber; Posters by Women in the Earthworks Poster Collective; Film – Margaret Fink and Her Brilliant Career – Frida Freiberg; Following My Star – Elsa Chauvel; Monique Schwarz interviewed by Christine Johnston; A Dialogue between Toni Robertson, a Feminist Poster Maker, and Jeni Thornley, a Feminist Film-maker; Nina Claditz interviewed by Annette Blonski; Introducing Helmer Sanders – Frida Freiberg; Reviews: Shopping in Hearbreak Arcade – Meredith Nolte; Me and Daphne – Linda Rubinstein; Feminine Focus at the Festival – Frida Freiberg; Supplement: Australian Women in Music – Australian Women in Music – Terry Radic; Margaret Sutherland – Helen Coles; May Brahe: Composer – Mimi Colligan; Dr. Ruby Davy – Silvia O’Toole; Four Women Composers: Helen Gifford, Ann Boyd, Ann Carr-Boyd and Peggy Glanville-Hicks – Marcia Ruff; Esther Rofe interviewed by Pauline Petrus; Talking with Linda Phillips by Kerry Murphy; Mary Nemet interviewed by Jeanette Fenelon; The Women’s Electric Band interviewed by Jeannette Fenelon; Robyn Archer interviewed by Jeannette Fenelon; The Shameless Hussie A.C.R.; Jane Clifton and Celeste Howden interviewed by Jeannette Fenelon; Janie Conway and Marnie Sheehan – Virginia Fraser; Theatre – The Women’s Theatre Group: A Selection of Scripts, Interviews and Comments Kerry Dwyer, Jenny Walsh and Suzanne Spunner; Roma: A One Woman Play – Jan Macdonald and the Roma cast; Tongue to Lip – Valerie Kirwan; And Women Must Wait: Savage Sepia – Suzanne Spunner; Dance and Movement – Marilyn Jones interviewed by Roseanne Hull-Brown; Betty Pounder interviewed by Roseanne Hull-Brown; Yum Wing Chun: Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman – Karen Armstrong; Media – An Open Letter – Shere Hite; Feminism and Publishing: Interviews with Women Publishers – Cathy Peake; Two Early Melbourne Journalists – Lurline Stewart; Sydney Women Writers’ Workshop – Anna Couani and Pamela Brown; The Australian Women’s Weekly ― The Case of the Bald Cockatoo – Cathy Peake, Maree Conway and Sue Parvaris.

LIP Collective members: Annette Blonski, Janine Burke, Isabel Davies, Suzanne Davies, Lesley Dumbrell, Jeannette Fenelon, Freda Freiberg, Christine Johnston, Elizabeth Owen, Cathy Peake, Meredith Rogers, Suzanne Spunner, Lynne Wilkinson.

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