Tuesday, December 3, 2013

X Marks the Spot

On a treasure map you know you've got to look for the spot marked with an 'X'. That's where the treasure is buried. With that in mind, if you were to stumble upon a book with an 'X' on the front cover, you'd be well within your rights to think that maybe, just maybe, there's treasure inside. Well, at Town Hall Gallery you'd be right on the money because our first major publication, 'Marker: 10 Years of the Town Hall Gallery Collection' is exactly the same. Open it's cover and climb into a world of artful joy!

The Marker book comes with an ingenious spine that allows it to open flat
Featuring beautiful plates of the artworks from the exhibition, there is background information about each artist and their connection to the City of Boroondara. There are some true icons of Australian art in here, with John Brack, Fred Williams, Eric Thake and Noel Counihan in the mix. Interviews with artists and their families give a fantastic insight into their practices and their feelings about the nature of public collections of art.

Of course, 'X' is not just a marker of place but a marker of time too. 'X' is a symbol for 10 and that's what we're celebrating with the relaunch of the refurbished gallery spaces at the Hawthorn Art Centre. These artworks have made their way into the permanent public collection of the City of Boroondara over the course of the last 10 years. What better way to mark an occasion than in this way.

Leading off the information in the book are two wonderful essays by the curatorial team - Senior Curator Mardi Nowak discusses the nature of the show, and of collecting and curating in a public gallery context; and Marion Piper discusses the push and pull of global influence on the local in her essay, 'Art as my neighbour'. There's commentaries from David Walsh of MONA, Tony Ellwood of the NGV, Glenn Barkley of the MCA and Cherie McNair of the TATE as well.

So if you're looking for that little bit of 'X' factor (how far can we milk this 'X' related punnage..?) for your library, or want to make sure you can revisit the works of the exhibition well after the art has come out of the galleries, the Marker book might be just the ticket. Feel free to look through the gallery copy in the exhibition spaces and then pick up your own copy from The Emporium. It's only $35 and goes to help support the running of the gallery and the continued strengthening of this exciting cultural asset, the Town Hall Gallery Collection.

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