Category: Work of the week

Unknown No title (Two boxers) (1850s)

This unusual daguerreotype features two bare-knuckled young American pugilists standing in the balanced boxing stance. Posed indoors, the men stand on a patterned rug in front of an inexpertly attached backdrop. However, it is not the setting that catches our …  More

Deme Hidemitsu Noh mask, Ōbeshimi

Noh masks originated in ancient Buddhist and Shinto rituals of the Nara and Heian periods, but it was during the Muromachi period (1333–1573), under the patronage of the Ashikaga Shōgun Yoshimitsu, that they were formalised by actor Kan’ami (1333–1384) and …  More

Reuben Paterson A crucifixion 2012

The influence of Reuben Paterson’s Maori heritage is particularly strong in this opulent work, which focuses on a particular kowhaiwhai (pattern), named Puhoro, used in thigh tattoos for both men and women. This kowhaiwhai describes the lines in a canoe’s …  More

Grace Crowley Girl with goats 1928

Grace Crowley was one of the first Australian artists to respond to Cubism. In Paris in the late 1920s she studied under Cubist artists André Lhote and, later, Albert Gleizes. In the summer of 1928 Crowley took part in Lhote’s …  More

THOMAS HARRISON, Melbourne Hat (1934-1939)

Thomas Harrison’s millinery career spanned more than forty years – a period which saw the heyday and decline of the hat as a key item in a women’s wardrobe. During the 1940s Harrison typically employed around twenty-three ‘girls’ in his …  More

Zhang Huan Shanghai family tree 2001

In 1999 the internationally renowned Chinese performance and video artist, sculptor and photographer Zhang Huan wrote of his distinctive approach to his practice: ‘The body is the only direct way through which I come to know society and society comes …  More

John Brack The bar 1954

While the history of art remained an important touchstone and source of inspiration for John Brack throughout his career, The bar is one of few examples of his work in which there is a direct connection to an artistic precedent. …  More