The Bertram Mackennal retrospective exhibition is accompanied” by the first comprehensive monograph published on this artist. At 216 pages and produced in hard-cover version only, this book is lavishly illustrated with over 150 colour photographs featuring all of Mackennal's major sculptures as well as substantial archival photography. The publication also includes an attached, fully illustrated catalogue raisonné of Mackennal's sculptures, on CD-ROM.

This monograph features essays by leading sculpture scholars in Britain, America, Australia and New Zealand, including eminent British historian Benedict Read and American scholar David Getsy, and Australians Noel Hutchison, Juliette Peers, and curator Deborah Edwards. It presents the fruits of comprehensive research on the life and art of Bertram Mackennal in Paris, London and Australia, as both the creator of exceptional portraits and sculptural nudes, and as a prominent civic sculptor. Writers address major works located in the Palace of Westminster, Windsor Castle, Lord Curzon's Kedleston Hall, Derby, St Paul's Cathedral, Arundel Castle, and a range of major Australian and British art institutions. Subjects discussed range from Mackennal's significance in the context of European traditions; the artist's close connections with the most important theatrical personalities of the age; his preoccupation with Symbolism and the femme fatale; Mackennal's relationships with Australian sculptors, and his prominence as a designer of medals, coins and stamps.

The exhibition and publication have been conceived as two related, yet independent and equally important ventures, which will together encompass the life and career of an artist who eminent British sculpture historian Benedict Read has called 'one of the great sculptors of the period'. It is a must for all those interested in Australian art, in sculpture and in the traditions of the figurative nude.

Information about the monograph:

Title: Bertram Mackennal
Author: Deborah Edwards
Publication Category: Sculpture, Victorian Art, Australian Art
Binding: hardback
Illustrations: 150 colour images + 130 b&w
Size: 305 x 250mm portrait, 216 pages + CD-ROM: Catalogue Raisonné
ISBN: 1741740118
ISBN 13: 9781741740110
Price: $80.00
Available August 2007

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