McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art

One of the very few things on which everyone agrees is that if you are going to buy only one reference book on Australian art, it has to be the McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art.
Sasha Grishin, The Canberra Times, October 28 2006.

McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art has become known as the ‘bible’ of Australian art since it was first published in 1968. This new edition, the fourth, of Australia’s leading art reference work is the first for 12 years.

The new McCulloch’s Encyclopedia reflects the huge growth in and dynamism of Australian art. There is much new information on Aboriginal art and artists and contemporary art such as new media, photography and street art, whilst retaining its unique historical information. Written from an insider’s perspective by three generations of Australian art critics, the lavishly illustrated new McCulloch’s includes more than 8000 entries on Australian art and artists, art movements, groups, auctions, prizes and awards, exhibitions and galleries, including more than 1500 new entries on contemporary artists.

McCulloch’s Encyclopedia has become a touchstone for collectors, academics, students, galleries and consultants – indeed, anyone with more than a passing interest in the field.
Ashley Crawford, Australian Art Collector, Issue 38, October – December, 2006.

New and expanded entries include those on Rick Amor, Brook Andrew, Howard Arkley, Hany Armonious, Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Adam Cullen, James Dodd, Emily Floyd, Shaun Gladwell, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, John Kelly, The Kingpins, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rosemary Laing, Nick Mangan, John Mawurndjul, Tracey Moffatt, Callum Morton, Rosella Namok, Ningura Napurrula, Naata Nungurrayi, David Noonan, Susan Norrie,Deborah Paauwe, Patricia Piccinini, Minnie Pwerle, William Robinson, Sally Smart, Ricky Swallow, Darren Sylvester, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Fred Williams, Brett Whiteley, Ah Xian and many more.

Packed with more than 1200 pages of up-to-date information including:

  • an entirely new section on Australian Aboriginal art with detailed information on artists, community art centres, family groups and regions
  • more than 8000 entries of Australian art and artists, art movements, groups, auctions, prizes and awards, exhibitions and galleries
  • more than 1500 new entries on contemporary artists
  • website links to galleries and other informative sites
  • over 100 essays on art styles including colonial, impressionism, modernism, new media, photography, portraiture, street art and many more
  • almost 1000 images of Australian art

Single volume, full colour throughout, ribbon marker, unique slipcase cover.

When you get over marvelling at the book in your hands you then begin to wonder at the diversity, inclusiveness, and extraordinary growth of the Australian art world.
Peter Hill, The Age, November 11 2006.

Both a scholarly reference and a book to browse, McCulloch’s Encyclopedia is the essential reference book on Australian art for professionals, art collectors, students and all interested in the vibrant art of Australia.

…more indispensable than ever.
Sebastian Smee, The Australian, October 27 2006.



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