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.
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.
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.
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
Memo Review “idea” cap by Giles Fielke.