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Cover Ant Hills, Australia (detail), 1950 Sidney Nolan (1917–92) Synthetic polymer paint on hardboard, 91.5122cm National Gallery of New South Wales See Susan Moore’s interview with Alistair McAlpine on pp. 30–35

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The InTernaTIernaTIernaonal MagazIne for ColleCTors

Indigenous australianaustraliana art at the national gallery of Victoria an australian Painter in Italy: jeffrey smart | alistair Mcalpine’s Collecting

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CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2011 VOLUME CLXXIV NO. 589

13 Editor’s Letter Art without borders 14 Agenda What’s on around the world in July and August

Features 20 Death and Disney Catherine Milner reviews highlights of the 54th Venice Biennale 24 Dark Heart of Venice Installation artist Mike Nelson talks to Rob Tufnell about his work for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 30 The Inveterate Collector Alistair McAlpine discusses his collecting career with Susan Moore at his home in Italy 36 The Ancient Made New To mark the 150th anniversary of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Judith Ryan reports on the museum’s history of collecting indigenous Australian art 42 The Pragmatic Visionary With a career spanning over 60 years, Jeffrey Smart is Australia’s most celebrated living painter. He talks to Oscar Humphries about his life and work 50 Renoir’s Children Alice Maggie Hazard analyses the depiction of children in Renoir’s paintings and what it reveals about the artist 56 A New Era Peyton Skipwith reports on the spectacular restoration of the Watts Gallery in Compton, Surrey

Jeffrey Smart’s studio: pp. 42–48

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