When You Think About Art
The Ewing and George Paton Galleries 1971–2008

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When You Think About Art order form, current August 2013

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Design: Jenny Zimmer, Macmillan Art Publishing

240pp in full colour
24 × 28cm

Editor: Helen Vivian, Editor; with authors: Judy Annear, Dr Carolyn Barnes, Swinburne University, Sandra Bridie, Dr Janine Burke, Suzanne Davies, Juliana Engberg, Susan Hewitt, Dr Anne Marsh, Matthew Perkins and Elena Galimberti, Denise Robinson, Meredith Rogers, Vivienne Shark Lewitt, and Peter Tyndall.

This richly illustrated history provides an account of one of the most spirited art spaces in Melbourne. As Australia’s first publicly funded avant-garde space, the Ewing and George Paton Gallery was in a unique position. From the early 1970s it has fostered experimentation, encouraged new media and provided a forum for ideas and innovation.

The book details exhibitions and events which influenced the development of the visual arts in Australia. It examines the dramatic changes which took place from the experimentation of the seventies to the impact of Postmodernism in the eighties, through to the greater integration of these disparate forces today. This was a pivotal period in Australian contemporary art.

Over the decades the Gallery has exhibited Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Rare images of their work, along with early video art, have been recovered from the gallery archive and are reproduced in the book.

The Gallery’s impact extended far beyond its walls. It published widely including the important journals Art Almanac (1974 – 1982 and is continuing privately today), Arts Melbourne (1976-1977), and Agenda Contemporary Art (1988-1990). The Gallery was also a key centre for ideas. It ran an extensive seminar program featuring national and international luminaries, including: Jean Baudrillard, Germano Celant, Umberto Eco, Geeta Kapur, Mary Kelly, Lucy Lippard, Mario Merz, Marina Abramovic, Meaghan Morris, Gayatri Spivak, Bill Viola and many, many more.