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The Extraordinary Art and Life of Judy Cassab

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The story of Judy Cassab is marked by determination. A Jewish Second World War refugee, she arrived in Australia in 1951 and in 1967, was the first woman to win the Archibald twice. Her work is poignant, elegant and instinctual, cut by an awareness that beauty is as precarious as it precious. In this collection of rare etchings published by Crown Press Studios, an often unseen side of the artist emerges. Among Australia’s most renowned artists, they chart the moments of friendship, fantasy and feeling that comprised the extraordinary Judy Cassab.  Judy CASSAB - 'Artist and Model'   Portraits of a...

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How to care for and recover personal items after bushfire

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The burnt out remains of a house in the Southern Highlands town of Wingello. There are three main factors to consider when thinking about the impact of bushfires on your personal treasures – smoke, heat, and water. Mick Tsikas/AAP   Vanessa Kowalski, University of Melbourne   The devastation wrought by the Australian bushfires has been immense and, as the fires continue to burn, the final loss won’t be known for many months. While the impact on the environment, human and animal life is overwhelming, for many individuals the loss of personal items such as photographs, documents, artwork and personal treasures...

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Great Oyster Bay | Auguste Blackman

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What brings your mind back to summer? Is it that fading tan, the remnants of sand still lingering at the bottom of your bag or perhaps the taste of oysters, freshly shucked, doused in lemon and sucked down ocean side. For Auguste Blackman it is this.  Auguste Blackman - 'The Tasmanian Coastline' In his new series ‘Great Oyster Bay’, the artist conjures up a couple dozen works for us to savour. They are elegant, colourful jewels that inadvertently ask, why must pearls have ascendancy over beauty when their houses are like iridescent fossils? Auguste Blackman - 'Shucking Oysters at Twilight'...

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Charles Blackman | Rare Original Etchings You Will Treasure

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We are thrilled to bring to your attention an exclusive collection of Charles Blackman’s etchings, produced by the artist at Sydney’s Crown Street Press in collaboration with master printmaker James Whitington between the late 1980s and mid-1990s.    Charles BLACKMAN - 'The Journey'   Charles Blackman had an enduring fascination with printmaking. His introduction to James Whitington began with an exploration of themes from the popular Alice series. It was followed by “The Book of Imaginary Butterflies”, reflective of Blackman’s fascination with the winged marvels which he had observed while living near the rainforest at Buderim in Queensland.     Charles...

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See Pasquale Giardino Roar

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It began with a Roar. The year was 1982 - Fitzroy was still a scruffy corner of the city, punk was on the rise and alongside his art school comrades, Pasquale Giardino was fed up. Uninspired by their theory-heavy curriculum, Giardino and his fellow students decided to take matters into their own hands.    Pasquale GIARDINO 'Angel with Heart'   Their answer was Roar Studios - one of Melbourne’s first (and fiercest) artist-run-initiatives. Nested on Brunswick Street, the Roar collective opposed all things status quo. Exhibiting ideas, styles and voices contra to the system, they fast gained traction as a...

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