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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Kevin Connor, Ricky Swallow & 'Found'

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Kevin Connor’s paintings aren’t pretty but they are attractive, having the peculiar magnetism of anything done with no thought of an audience or a peer group. This only begins to seem like a virtue when one thinks of all the art made as part of a career strategy, or by those who want to be […]

Art Essays

18th Biennale of Sydney

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 Aboriginal Art, Art Essays, Australian Art, Chinese Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

One of the most striking images in the 18th Biennale of Sydney is that of Japanese artist Sachiko Abe, dressed in bridal white, sitting in a small brick building in Cockatoo Island, cutting paper. Visitors are asked to remain silent, so the only sound is the noise made by Abe’s scissors as she trims sheets […]

Art Essays

18th Biennale of Sydney

Saturday, July 7th, 2012 Aboriginal Art, Art Essays, Australian Art, Chinese Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Between belief in Nature and belief in politics, one has to choose,” writes French sociologist, Bruno Latour, in the stand-out essay in this year’s Biennale catalogue. We have a perfect demonstration of this principle in the hysterical debate about a carbon price. While Nature is forever, politics is an exercise in short-term, strategic thinking that […]

Art Essays

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 […]

Art Essays

Din Q. Lê: Erasure, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was astonishing to learn that in a recent opinion poll Australians rated border protection as a more important issue than health, education, transport or housing. This is one of those statistical miracles that testify to our growing sense of social paranoia and the power of political scare campaigns. The facts are well known but […]

Art Essays

Tonsorial philosophy

Friday, August 26th, 2011 Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, Blog,

My barber is a philosopher. By this, I don’t mean to compare him to those hairdressers who style themselves “creative artists working in the medium of hair”. Dimitri Kokinelis, barber of Gardeners Road, Rosebery, is a genuine thinker who devotes his time between haircuts to pondering questions of truth, wisdom, justice and nature. He has […]

Art Essays

Laverty 2, Newcastle Region Art Gallery

Saturday, May 28th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

All the talk this week has been about the Kaldor collection. This high-profile donation has prompted a massive operation on the belly of the Art Gallery of NSW, with architect, Andrew Andersens, playing a familiar role as the leading cosmetic surgeon of Australian museums. The makeover has transformed a dingy storage area into an elegant, […]

Art Essays

National Gallery of Australia: A New Extension

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, General Art Essays, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Nobody in Australia is more experienced in the ways of gallery building than Andrew Andersons, the chief architect of the new wing at the National Gallery of Australia. Although he is a super professional, Andersons has often been criticised by other architects who find his buildings prosaic, deficient in detail and artistry. To be fair, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Fiona Foley

Saturday, January 9th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

Fiona Foley is an artist who has benefited from being in the right place at the right time. Having begun exhibiting in the mid-1980s, she is young enough to have missed the great ideological battles that took place in the art of the sixties and seventies. She never had to worry about edges and picture […]

Art Essays

Tommy Watson & the politics of the indigenous art market

Friday, January 1st, 2010 Aboriginal Art, Australian Art,

Yannima Tommy Watson is said to have painted his first picture in 2001, in the community of Irrunytju, twelve kilometers south-west of the tri-border, where South Australia meets Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The white man’s borders don’t mean much to the inhabitants of this remote settlement, also known as Wingellina, but it is […]