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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

Hayson Furniture: Look Ma, No Hans!

About a month ago I received an email from Melanie, a reader of my blog ‘Australian Modern’ who contacted me to share some information about the acclaimed Australian furniture designer Hans Hayson. As it turns out, there is no Hans …  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

George Kral

As Susan van Wyk wrote in a recent blog post, photography is a fascinating adjunct to Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design. She discusses a number of photographs of interiors by Wolfgang Sievers, which illuminate the collaborative relationship between architects and furniture …  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

The Case of the missing bride and the forgotten couturier

When I conceived of Fashion Detective I hoped that our investigations would turn up some interesting facts or (fingers crossed) provide some possible answers. I never thought that we would crack a case: especially one so open-ended.   Typically when …  More

A memory of ‘Tiger Stripes’

In Mid-Century Modern at NGV Australia, we see simple furniture transcend into something more than just the objects that could be found in the homes of the fifties, and in today’s retro interiors. Seeing the exhibition for the first time was …  More