The Art of Being Melbourne

By Maree Coote
Illustrated by Maree Coote

Maree Coote monitors the Melbourne zeitgeist through twenty decades of art to uncover a truly unique portrait of a city. Another very personal tribute to Melbourne from the author of the much-loved ‘The Melbourne Book - A History of Now.’

The Art of Being Melbourne examines the creation and ideation of a city. Through the eyes of artists we can watch as a young Melbourne oscillates between Place and Idea. More than simply a study of art or of history, this book is witness to the miraculous metamorphosis of a single location over two centuries, and the parallel invocation of culture and identity. While cities exist in a constant state of flux, artists often see things others do not. The forensic nature of their vision is revelatory and intuitive, homing in on the truth of the times. This fascinating collection features celebrated and rare artworks by colonial mavericks, impressionist masters, iconic moderns and young contemporaries, together in a single volume for the first time. Each image offers a unique portrait of Melbourne, and reveals the original perspective of both its creator and its moment in history.

About the author

Maree Coote is a writer, designer, illustrator, photographer and publisher. She has enjoyed an award-winning career in advertising and understands Melbourne's unique advantage well. Her many creative passions converge in her studies of Melbourne's history, which is the focus of her work in object design and in publishing over the past ten years. Maree is passionate about a sense of place and history, and she brings this to life in multiple platforms for multiple audiences. Her affinity for Melbourne is unique and highly informed. Her skill is bringing ideas to life, and communicating ideas to any audience 'in whatever form gives them most power: books, artwork, song, stories, design, film...".

ISBN: 9780975704769
Imprint: Melbournestyle Books
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Dimensions: 240 x 260mm, 212pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $69.99
New Zealand RRP: $71.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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