Impresario: Paul Taylor, The Melbourne Years, 1981–1984 brings together a diverse body of texts focused on Paul Taylor, the Australian editor, writer, curator and impresario, and in particular his important and influential early years in Melbourne between 1981 and 1984. The dates of the texts included span some thirty years and take a variety of different forms — critical essays, reviews, short reflective texts, interviews, transcriptions of lectures — the combination of which seeks to analyse Taylor’s impact on Australian art history in the early 1980s, when he founded Art & Text and curated the landmark exhibition ‘POPISM’ at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the subsequent ripples that continue to encircle us in his wake, thirty years on.
Edited and introduced by Helen Hughes and Nicholas Croggon, and featuring contributions by Ashley Crawford, Adrian Martin, Charles Green & Heather Barker, Chris McAuliffe, David Chesworth & Jon Dale, David Pestorius, Graham Willett, Ian McLean, Judy Annear, Janine Burke, Juan Davila, Jonathan Holmes, John Nixon & David Homewood, Jenny Watson & Kelly Fliedner, Lyndal Jones, Merryn Gates, Maria Kozic, Philip Brophy, Paul Foss, Patrick McCaughey, Peter Tyndall, Rex Butler & Susan Rothnie, Ralph Traviati, Imants Tillers, Edward Colless, Russell Walsh, Sue Cramer, Denise Robinson and Vivienne Shark LeWitt.
Editors: Helen Hughes and Nicholas Croggon
Design: Brad Haylock
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Publication produced on the occasion of the traveling exhibition “Simon Starling: In Speculum“, Monash University Museum of Art, Victoria: 18 July – 21 September 2013; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane: 5 October – 30 November 2013; City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi: 22 February – 18 May 2014.
Catalogue features new texts by Justin Clemens, Robert Leonard, and Richard Gillespie.
Marked by epic journeys and explorative narratives, Simon Starling’s work investigates the social, cultural and material implications of object-making. His ongoing excavation and transformation of the material world takes the form of associational assemblages that incorporate film, photography and sculptural forms, revealing rich, unexpected and complex histories.
The first career survey of the Turner Prize-winning artist’s work in Australasia, Simon Starling: In Speculum, brings together a major new commission and key works from the artist’s oeuvre that focus particularly on the site of the studio and workshop, and relationships between art, technology, history and modernity. This aspect of Starling’s research-based practice reflects the form and process of manufacture in both structure and concept.
An artist who often works site-specifically and in response to local geographies, Starling has developed a new work for In Speculum that engages the Great Melbourne Telescope (1868-69). Currently under restoration at Museum Victoria, the telescope was one of the largest in the world at the time of its production in the 19th century. Starling’s new project continues his interest in early scientific exploration and astronomy.
Simon Starling: In Speculum is a joint project by Monash University Museum of Art, the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.
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