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Sydney Morning Herald Column

The National 2019: New Australian Art

Thursday, April 25th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In its second “edition”, The National: New Australian Art,  is just as hard to love as its predecessor of 2017. A collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks, the show is intended as an overview of the best and the brightest work being produced in Australia today. It’s […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Suzanne Archer: The Song of the Cicada

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Suzanne Archer’s career as an Australian artist began in a blaze of publicity in 1969. Her first solo exhibition at Sydney’s Clune Gallery was written up in the papers, and splashed on radio and TV. It helped that Archer was young and glam, and that the local gallery scene was limited to a handful of […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Janet Laurence: After Nature

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“What need has nature of thought, of care?” asked Confucius in the 5thC. BCE. “Plenty” is the answer he’d receive today, as we struggle with the effects of global warming, deforrestation, salination, loss of species and habitat. In the so-called ‘Anthropocene’ era nature needs all the help it can get. Having worked so dilgently to […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Quilty

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s often said that having a lot of enemies must mean you’re doing something right. Ben Quilty discovered long ago that the price of fame for an artist is the undying enmity of a large proportion of one’s peers. This hasn’t put the brakes on his glorious ascent but neither has it left him unscarred. […]

Blog

Fang Lijun: Facial Recognition

Friday, March 8th, 2019 Blog,

A shaven head sends a message but it’s an ambiguous one. The shaven heads of prisoners or monks tell us they belong to an order of humanity removed from the social mainstream. The shaven head of a soldier, a footballer, or indeed a football hooligan, is a badge of aggressive intent. When a businessman shaves […]

Good Weekend Art Column

David Griggs – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: David Griggs Lives: Woolloomoloo, Sydney; Manilla, Philippines Age:43 Represented by:Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 9 Soudan Lane, Paddington, Sydney (Station Gallery, 9 Ellis St. South Yarra, Melbourne) His thing. Brash, grotesque paintings in brilliant colour, with imagery drawn from religion and popular culture. Our take.David Griggs was born in Sydney but has spent many years living in […]

Art Essays

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 […]

Art Essays

Clara Adolphs – Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 Art Essays, Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Clara Adolphs Lives: Bundanoon, NSW Age:33 Represented by:Lindberg Galleries, 1270A High St. Armadale, Melbourne (Chalk Horse, 301A, Level 3/77-83 William St. Darlinghurst, Sydney; Edwina Corlette Gallery, 2/555 Brunswick St. New Farm, Brisbane). Her thing. Oil paintings based on found photographs that tap into our own memories and experiences. Our take.Clara Adolphs is not the first […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Friday, December 14th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s been 25 years since Brisbane staged its first-ever Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. It was a bold experiment at the time – and it paid dividends, helping to put the Queensland Art Gallery on the international art map. Everyone who felt the need to keep in touch with the latest developments in contemporary […]

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Watters Gallery: Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was a typically understated opening night at Watters Gallery last week for Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations. If the atmosphere was a little sombre it was because this was the last hurrah for a Sydney institution and icon. After 54 years Watters is closing, and none of the visitors on that final […]