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William Kentridge: Five Themes & A Universal Archive (Parts 7-23)

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Thinking against oneself,” was a phrase used by the German philosopher, Theodor W. Adorno, whose late work was filled with melancholy reflections on the Holocaust. He was referring to the Nazis, who clung to a set of beliefs that allowed them to divide humanity up into a master race and a disposable remainder. This is […]

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Parallel Collisions: The 2012 Adelaide Biennial

Saturday, March 10th, 2012 Aboriginal Art, Art Essays, Australian Art, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“We love language,” confessed the curators of Parallel Collisions: the 12th Adelaide Biennial. This may not sound controversial – for the purposes of communication it’s very useful. It was only as I read through the boxed, brick-heavy catalogue for this exhibition that I began to feel Natasha Bullock and Alexie Glass-Kantor may love language not […]

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Love Lace

Saturday, February 25th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over the past few years the Powerhouse Museum has attracted plenty of critics, but turn up on a Saturday and the place is full of people. Does this mean the criticisms are baseless – the mere bleating of snobs and elitists? Well no, actually. Since its grand opening in 1988, the building has always been […]

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Fred Sandback; Wim Delvoye; Abstract Canvas; Philip King

Saturday, February 18th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over the years Andrew Jensen has edged his way north, starting in Christchurch, moving to Wellington, on to Auckland, and last year crossing national lines and arriving in Sydney. What makes the Jensen Gallery unusual is that the exhibition program consists of 70-80 per cent international art – the kind of art we normally only […]

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Wim Delvoye

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Adolf Loos, the outspoken Austrian designer and critic, argued: “the modern person who tattoos himself is either a criminal or a degenerate.” Loos was writing in 1929, and one can only wonder what he would make of the present day vogue for tattoos that cover an arm and half a torso. He would probably see […]

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Renaissance in Canberra

Saturday, January 7th, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There will be some in Canberra who find it ironic that Ron Radford is hosting a show devoted to the Renaissance at the National Gallery of Australia, when his first significant act as director in 2006 was to send the museum’s small collection of Old Masters on permanent loan to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. As […]

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Matisse: Drawing Life

Saturday, December 17th, 2011 Art Essays, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Henri Matisse was almost certainly the finest colourist in modern art but the bulk of his work contained no colour at all. Although the mention of his name conjures up thoughts of The Red Studio, The Joy of Life, or perhaps the kaleidoscopic Woman with a Hat, over the course of a long career Matisse […]

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Picasso – In Living Colour

Thursday, December 15th, 2011 Art Essays, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Pablo Picasso never travelled to Australia. He never even visited the United States, where his reputation as the leading artist of the twentieth century was set in stone. It’s a different story for those works Picasso loved best, which have recently been seen in Madrid, Helsinki, Moscow and St. Petersburg; before crossing the Atlantic, to […]

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Pablo Picasso & the Dobell Prize for Drawing 2011

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 Art Essays, Australian Art, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

According to Hendrik Kolenberg, the Art Gallery of NSW’s Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, the Dobell Prize for Drawing is the most serious art award in Australia. This doesn’t mean the show is all grey and humourless, it is essentially a comment on the medium. Drawing is the armature of an artist’s […]

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Picasso- Five Highlights

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It is difficult to choose only five works from an exhibition which covers all the major periods in Picasso’s career, from the earliest days, through his Blue and Rose periods, his experiments with Cubism, the neo-classical pictures of the post-war years, his flirtation with Surrealism, and the variations of his later life. Neither should we […]