10 new art books to usher in 2024

2024 kicks off with some solid new publications for your visual arts library.
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Often overlooked by general publishing and bookshop browsing, Australia’s visual art sector is a prodigious publisher of art books – from heady historical tomes to fiction that takes its cue from art history.

ArtsHub takes a look at the most recent releases that caught our eye.

AGSA 500 presents a curated selection of 500 artworks from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection, arranged broadly within three groupings – Australian, Asian and International. It is described as taking readers, ‘on a journey through time and across cultures’. The 500 works of art are presented in reverse chronology – time-travelling from the present to the past. There are 22 contributing authors. This new publication was been made possible through the generosity of the late M J M Carter AO, who died in January 2024. Released on 2 February, and available from AGSA shop.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina