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Memo Magazine, Issue 1
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Issue 1 of Memo’s first glossy annual magazine features an extended artist focus on Archie Moore, the 2024 Venice Biennale Australian Representative, with essays by Rex Butler, Tara Heffernan, Tristen Harwood, and Hilary Thurlow.

Audrey Schmidt unveils a covetous history of tall-poppy takedowns in the Melbourne art world. Philip Brophy rips into Hollywood’s shallow art-world playbook, while Cameron Hurst checks-in with the once-celebrated Spike magazine cultural critic, Dean Kissick, in his post-zenith era. The Manhattan Art Review’s Sean Tatol visits the Dutch artist group, KIRAC, reporting on their legal woes with French literature’s ageing enfant terrible, Michel Houellebecq.

We also have essays and reviews on art from all around Australia and the world. Amelia Winata turns up the heat on Melbourne’s public museums as Callum McGrath uncovers a typically Eurocentric failure at the heart of British art historian Claire Bishop’s recent Artforum essay on research-based art. Helen Hughes writes on Helen Johnson’s The Birth of an Institution (2022) and Chelsea Hopper and Shaune Lakin on Derek Jarman’s Blue (1993). Stars like Isa Genzken, Royal Academy graduates like Anna Higgins, cult-favourites like Jas H. Duke — Memo features all this and more.


256 pages, 16 x 25 cm
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Everyone’s a Critic Cap
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Critic Cap by Memo Review. Back due to popular demand!

Low profile six panel cap, curved peak. Adjustable fastener with metal clasp, tonal under-peak lining;
Light weight. 100% cotton. One size. Black

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Memo Review 2021
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What is it like to make art the way the world is today? What is it to write about art? Every review you read in 2022 will attempt to answer these questions, whether it knows it or not. You can see it if you look hard enough. And in thinking about this we perhaps hold a candle to the darkness, or perhaps these questions are the light that allows us to see the darkness around us. Thank you for reading Memo lit by the world’s candlelight.

Featuring A. D. S. Donaldson, Adelle Mills, Amelia Winata, Amy May Stuart, Anna Parlane, Audrey Schmidt, Babs Rapeport, Cameron Hurst, Chelsea Hopper, David Wlazlo, Diego Ramírez, Francis Plagne, Giles Fielke, Hilary Thurlow, Jarrod Zlatic, Léuli Eshrāghi, Luke Smythe, Matt Marasco, Michelle Guo, Miriam La Rosa, Paris Lettau, Philip Brophy, Rex Butler
Sofia Skobeleva, Tara Heffernan, Tara Mcdowell, Timmah Ball, Ursula Cornelia De Leeuw, Victoria Perin, and Vincent Le.

softcover, 241 pages, 25 x 17.5 cm. Published by Memo Review Inc.

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Memo Review 2020
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There is no getting around it: 2020 was the year of COVID. It was something that all kinds of cultural activities tried to make sense of. We could quote, to show it has all apparently happened before, Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year at you. Or, like everybody else, you could read some prominent philosopher or cultural theorist try to make sense of it. Slavoj Žižek wrote no fewer than two books on the subject during the year, which made us realise that at least he was doing what he usually does during lockdown.

And we for our part at Memo Review also did what we usually do. Here are the forty-seven reviews we published during the year—a year when virtually every show we reviewed was only available online.

English, softcover, 269 pages, 25 x 17.5 cm. Published by Memo Review Inc.

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Memo Review 2019
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After three years of writing weekly reviews of the art made in and around Melbourne, it is possible that Memo Review has found its voice. Or voices. Regular readers might have started following the writers who speak most to them. There have been repeated mentions of the artists who speak most to our reviewers. Altogether we hope we have created something of a “scene”—a sensibility shared by certain writers and artists that might point to something more general about the particular time and place in which both are working.

softcover, 241 pages, 25 x 17.5 cm. Monash Art Projects / Memo Review Inc.

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Memo Review 2018
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These are the reviews from 2018, the second year of Memo Review. As readers engage with this second year of reviews, they might see a group of art writers coming to grips with the particular limitations and opportunities of the weekly review format and even the particularities of its online delivery. Some will track the successive mentions of the same artist or gallery space, seeing what different writers make of them. Others will follow the progress of individual writers, finding and developing their own style and argument.

2020, English, softcover, 241 pages, 25 x 17.5 cm. Monash Art Projects / Memo Review Inc.

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Memo Review 2017
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The first hardcopy Memo publication, collecting the 52 reviews from 2017 published by Melbourne’s Memo Review. Memo Review is Melbourne’s only weekly art criticism, publishing reviews of “a broad variety of art exhibitions at public art museums, commercial galleries and smaller artist-run spaces in Melbourne, offering new critical perspectives from an up-and-coming younger generation of Australian art scholars, writers and artists.”

208 pages, 25 x 17.5 cm, Softcover, Monash Art Projects, 2019, ISBN