The latest edition of the Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria is now available. You can read the full journal online here.


From the editors:

This edition of Art Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria again ranges widely across the NGV’s collection, including investigations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan lama paintings, a prize-winning work by an early and little-known Australian female artist, the iconography of two carved Renaissance cassoni and the relationship of Australian artist Guy Stuart’s late 1960s practice to American Minimalism. For this issue we have also invited Melbourne-based artist Patrick Pound to reflect on his Gallery of air, 2013, one of the most popular and talked about works in the NGV’s recent Melbourne Now exhibition.

In an historic development in the long history of this publication, last year the digitisation of all back issues of Art Journal was completed. This mammoth undertaking by the NGV Publications department ensures that more than fifty years of groundbreaking NGV research and scholarship is now freely and easily available to all. To access this searchable archive, visit

Having overseen three editions Art Journal, we are handing over the editorship to our NGV colleagues Maggie Finch and Matthew Martin. We trust they will enjoy the role as much as we have.

Jane Devery and Elena Taylor, Commissioning Editors


Marriage and murder: two wedding chests with representations of Judith | Anna Drummond

A case study of two lama portraits in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria
| Carol Cains

Constance Jenkins, her painting Friendly critics and the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship | Jillian Dwyer

In defence of Australian Minimalism: Guy Stuart’s Lock Span, 1969 | Robyn Dold


The gallery of air Patrick Pound

Recent acquisitions

Meissen Porcelain Factory Pair of stands | Matthew Martin

E. Phillips Fox Dolly, daughter of Hammond Clegg Esq. | Elena Taylor

André Masson Ecstasy | Ted Gott

Zhu Qizhan Mountain landscape | Mae Anna Pang

Yvonne Todd Approximation of Tricia Martin | Susan van Wyk

Dion Lee Vein sleeveless dress | Danielle Whitfield

Nonggirrnga Marawili Thunderman raining down | Judith Ryan

Simon Starling Black drop and Venus mirrors (05/06/2012, Hawaii & Tahiti inverted) | Max Delany

Jess Johnson Outer head of the order (Vestibule incarnate) | Petra Kayser