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The Drill Hall Gallery has established a nation-wide reputation for landmark exhibitions: retrospectives, mid-career surveys and thematic exhibitions by leading contemporary artists. Because of the rapport the gallery has developed with artists, curators, critics, academics and collectors, the publications relating to these exhibitions often acquire a unique significance. They proudly promote a finer appreciation of contemporary art in its most diverse forms.

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Euan Macleod: Flux

Hardcover with dust jacket, 80 pages
Published 2024 by Orange Regional Gallery and DHG Publishing
Featuring texts by Bradley Hammond and Anne-Marie Jean with a foreword by Tony Oates

$25 + $10 postage / Buy Now

Pintupi Way

Soft cover with flaps, 72 pages, 18 x 24 cm
Published 2023 by DHG Publishing
Featuring an introduction by Christopher Hodges and a text by Wally Caruana

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Ken Whisson: Painting & Drawing

536 pages, 400 colour illustrations, 300 x 240 mm, section-sewn binding, clothbound hardcover with half jacket
Published 2023 by DHG Publishing and Miegunyah Press
Authored by Quentin Sprague, with an introduction by Terence Maloon. Design by Small Tasks.

$150 + $20 postage / Buy Now

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri: The Master from Marnpi

244 pages, hardcover, colour Illustrations
Published 2018 by LifeDesign Australia
Authored by Alec O'Halloran

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Jardinière: Ruth Waller and Toni Warburton

Softcover, 15 x 21 cm
Published 2023 by DHG Publishing
Featuring an interview with Ruth Waller, Toni Warburton and curator Tony Oates

$12 + $10 postage / Buy Now

‘Shopping Bag Sculpture’

In 1978, Geoff Todd needed something for people to carry away books purchased from his Book Sculpture Exhibition at Powell Street Gallery in Melbourne. He found a simple solution, making a ‘Shopping Bag Sculpture’. He hand-printed 375 die-cut plastic bags with an industrial ink, and with this simple gesture he made them into sculptures. “I just wanted to present realistic objects that weren’t – so to speak,” says Todd. He sold them for $2.50 each, because “books were cheap…the bags were on a table and people helped themselves”. This gesture is typical of the more-humorous approach to conceptual art happening in the Australian suburbs in the 1970s, with many Australian artists making-fun of the all-too-serious American style of conceptual art, parodying the transformative gestures of artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Sol Lew Witt, and Ian Burn. Geoff Todd’s work is represented in numerous public collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian National Library of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, as well as other private and public international collections. In 2019, Todd was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to art and sculpture.

Geoff Todd, 'Shopping Bag Sculpture', 1978
screenprint on die-cut plastic shopping bag, 49 x 71 cm. Signed, numbered, and dated on sales slip inside bag in pen and ink, 'todd 1978'.
10 available to purchase on the occasion of ‘Backwash’, from the original edition of 375

$90 unframed + $10 shipping /or $580 framed behind UV Museum acrylic + $10 local shipping / Buy Now

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