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BOOKS. An Introduction

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

To keep writing criticism and commentary one has to keep reading. This occasional column is intended to list the books I receive that I may or may not be able to deal with at greater length. The aim is to acknowledge books and authors rather than let them slip past invisibly. This has been on […]

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Janet Laurence: After Nature

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS RECEIVED:   Janet Laurence: After Nature Rachel Kent ed. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Hardback, 2019, 264 pp I’ve got my reservations about Janet Laurence’s exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, but there’s no disputing the quality of the catalogue. The designer, Claire Orrell, should win some sort of award for a book […]

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Newsletter 279

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

After a week in New York I feel like I’ve been away for a month. Perhaps it’s the result of going from heat to cold and back to the heat – and first day back was really hot. It might also be due to my rather desperate NY gallery-going, as I tried to see everything of […]

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How to Win an Election

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS READ:   How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians By Quintus Tullius Cicero Princeton U.P. Hardback, 2012, 99 pp.   With state elections looming in New South Wales, and Federal elections only two months away, this little book is the ideal gift for the aspiring politician who hasn’t quite mastered […]

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The Wandering Earth

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS READ:   The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu Head of Zeus Hardback, 2017 (orig. 2013), 447 pp   Cixin Liu has built a huge reputation as a science fiction writer in a relatively short time. As this is a genre in which I’ve only ever found a few really excellent authors – namely Philip K. […]

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29 Artists

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS RECEIVED:   29 Artists by Christopher Walsh Privately published. www.chriswalshphotography 124 pp. Large format paperback, AUD$55.00   Chris Walsh handed me a copy of this book after a talk on Chinese art at Delmar Gallery.  It’s a series of large photos taken in the studios of 29 Chinese contemporary artists. There are a few […]

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Noŋgirrŋa Marawili – Alcaston Galleries, Melbourne

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 Art Essays, Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili Lives: Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Age:80 (b. c.1938) Represented by:Alcaston Galleries, Melbourne & Australia-wide Her thing. Innovative bark paintings and prints on traditional Yolngu themes. Our take.At the age of 80, or thereabouts, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili is emerging as one of the most dynamic indigenous artists at work today. This is usually a […]

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Newsletter 273

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

Although Australia often seems to ape the United States in the most abject fashion there are a few significant points of difference. This may not have occurred to our buffoon of a Prime Minister who thinks that wearing a baseball cap and eating a meat pie will make him look like a man of the […]

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Kushana Bush – Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Art Essays, Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Kushana Bush Lives: Dunedin, New Zealand Age:35 Represented by:Darren Knight Gallery, 840 Elizabeth St. Waterloo, Sydney (no Melbourne representation) Her thing. Small, exquisite paintings that echo Mugal miniatures, but with contemporary themes. Our take.Kushana Bush’s paintings can’t be fully appreciated with a quick glance. Like the Mugal miniatures they resemble, her gouaches are packed with […]

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Newsletter 272

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

Back in Sydney, where I’m greeted by the news that the NSW Opposition has come out decisively against moving the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. This makes me feel a little upstaged, as I’ve written a plea to the Opposition Leader, Michael Daly, in the forthcoming issue of Artist Profile, asking him for just such a […]