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Tag: European art

Art Essays

Georges Braque

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Painting is not an art where anything goes.” Georges Braque. In 1977 the Fraser government struck a lethal blow to Australia’s reputation as an art-collecting nation when it torpedoed the purchase of Georges Braque’s painting, Nu debout (1908) (AKA. Grand Nu). The National Gallery of Australia had a price – $1.5 million – and an […]

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

European Masters

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It must be easier to promote an international blockbuster when magical words such as “Paris” or “New York” appear in the title. Matters become more complicated when the city of origin is Frankfurt, known as a centre of commerce rather than culture, even though it has at least three major art museums. One of the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Salvador Dalí

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There was a sublime moment in Matthew Collings’s successful TV series, This is Modern Art, when he showed footage of Salvador Dalí camping it up and singing the praises of money. “I love tremendously money and gold!” Dalî expostulates. And again, switching to the third person: “Dalí sleep best after one day of work receive […]