Art

John Brack and the Allegorical Still Life

In May 1979, following the acquisition of one of his recent paintings by Monash University, John Brack penned a letter of thanks to the professor of Visual Arts. Brack admitted it was a puzzling canvas. Titled Crossing, the composition represents a company of scrivener’s ink pens (the “dipper” variety once common in offices and schools) and sharpened graphite pencils which are gathered on two steeply tilted table tops. The pencils and pens, which are standing upright, appear to be moving unassisted from one table to the other by crossing a thread stretched between the two like a tightrope. At a…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.