SUBSCRIBE

Tag: Art Gallery of NSW

Art Essays

2013: The Best & Worst of the Visual Arts

Monday, January 6th, 2014 Art Essays, Blog,

My best art experience of the year happened on the other side of the planet, in a retrospective celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch. The show, divided between the National Gallery and the Munch Museum in Olso, revealed an unrelenting intensity of vision. It featured the most complete collection of paintings […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

America: Painting a Nation

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Thus in the beginning,” wrote the philosopher, John Locke in 1689, “all the world was America.” He was referring to a primitive state of social organisation being rapidly improved by British colonialism. Nowadays Locke’s words seem just as true, but it is because America has colonised the rest of the world. For much of the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Renaissance to Goya

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Illustrious artists such as Velásquez, Zurbarán, Ribera, Tiepolo and Goya are advertised on a sign at the entrance to Renaissance to Goya at the Art Gallery of NSW. Unfortunately they are hidden in a long roll call of names that will be largely unknown to the general public. Not many Australian art lovers are hanging […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sydney Moderns

Saturday, July 20th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When an artist calls a work A Painted Picture of the Universe it means he’s thinking big. It’s rather a grand title for a small abstraction, even if it did take Roy De Maistre 14 years to complete this cosmological fantasy. De Maistre (1894-1968) is one of the central figures in Sydney Moderns: Art for […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Anne Landa Award 2013: The Space Between Us

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There must be a name for the sense of anxiety generated by an exhibition of new media art. Neomediaphobia? It’s a bit cumbersome. Even if the syndrome has yet to be titled its effects are very real. Having just taken twenty people into an exhibition of Contemporary Norwegian Video Art in Oslo, I’m in a […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

The Archibald Prize 2013: A Review

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This column comes from Japan, where like a character in a horror story pursued by an implacable nemesis, I’m writing about… the Archibald Prize! This venerable portrait competition is an Australian institution that is simply incomprehensible to the rest of the world. To outsiders the popularity of the prize, and of portraiture in general, is […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

The Archibald Prize 2013: A Comment

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This year’s Archibald throws up one nagging question: “What’s that animal Hugo Weaving is holding?” Perhaps it’s something the special effects crew from the Matrix movies dreamt up. According to the news reports, Del Kathryn Barton, says the indefinable creature “demonstrates facets of the actor’s personality” – an explanation that raises more questions than it […]

Blog

The Art Gallery of NSW: The Master Plan Revealed

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 Blog,

Mention a “Master Plan” and people start thinking about Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies. Yesterday that role was shared between Steven Lowy, President of Trustees, and Director, Michael Brand, as they unveiled their wicked new vision for the Art Gallery of NSW. Lowy gave us the bad news about the existing gallery – […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Francis Bacon

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

I love the dregs. Francis Bacon. If Francis Bacon had a theme song, it might be the Kinks’ I’m Not Like Everybody Else. Yet by his own reckoning, Bacon’s perverse, hedonistic lifestyle – with its heavy drinking, gambling and sadomasochistic sex – should not be considered the key to his painting. In a 1975 book […]

Art Essays

Kamisaka Sekka & Hiroshige

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Art in Japan has been through all the same upheavals as art in the west, but no other country has managed to retain so much of its own distinctive character. The defining characteristics include a respect for tradition that shines through even in a critical or satirical mode; a love of beauty and craftsmanship; and […]