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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sydney Biennale 2018 Part 1

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Few artists have dominated a Sydney Biennale as comprehensively as Ai Weiwei with his contributions to this year’s show. It’s partly because hardly any of the 70 chosen artists, or groups of artists, have a public profile in Australia, while Ai is an international art celebrity and media magnet. Two years ago the National Gallery […]

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Perth Arts Festival 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When it comes to rampant development Perth loses nothing in comparison with its eastern counterparts. Amid the new buildings and public works only one thing remains the same: the Art Gallery of Western Australia, which looks just as shabby year after year. Its every mention provokes Olympic-standard eye-rolling in other members of the local arts […]

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Dhaka Art Summit 2018

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Bangladesh is not the first place that springs to mind when asked about fashionable art destinations. Yet if you wanted to visit to a single city in the world last week where you might meet the director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the director of Britain’s Tate art museums, and a top-line […]

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NGV Triennial 2017

Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Melbourne has long been envious of the Sydney Biennale, which has just announced the artist list for its 21st iteration in 2018. At the opening of the inaugural NGV Triennial this week there was much talk of the one-and-only Melbourne International Biennial, held in 1999, under a title that in retrospect sounds a little tragic: […]

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Sculpture by the Sea 2017

Friday, October 27th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Sculpture by the Sea is 21 years old and everyone is invited to the party. From the moment the show opened last week the walk from Bondi to Tamarama was crowded with sightseers, school groups, and tourists speaking a confusion of languages worthy of the Tower of Babel. Cameras and mobile phones were clicking relentlessly. […]

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Art Stage Jakarta 2017

Friday, August 25th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Two moments from the week of Art Stage Jakarta 2017 will stay lodged in my mind: the would-be ‘glittering occasion’ of the inaugural Indonesian Art Award, and a performance by Melati Suryodarmo in which she spent three hours in a blank cubicle, grunting, groaning and spitting ink at the walls. Indonesian art today lies somewhere […]

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The Public Body.02

Friday, August 18th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Our age is one of unprecedented permissiveness and militant puritanism. Pornography of every description is available at the click of a keyboard, small children are sexualised in a manner that would have been inconceivable to our grandparents’ generation. Yet Newton’s third law applies in psychology as well as science: for every action, there is an […]

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Mad Love

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Although we live in a world in which the ugliest forms of nationalism seem to be making a comeback there is one partial antidote: cultural exchange. As we become progressively more familiar with the art, music, film, fashion and cuisine of another country, the fear and suspicion of the Other is diminished. Japan, for instance, […]

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Eurovisions

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This year’s Financial Review Rich List reveals that Australia today has no fewer than 60 billionaires. For an economy in perpetual crisis, demanding sacrifices from the lowest wage earners, things are obviously working well for some people. Looking at this list it’s remarkable how few of our billionaires do anything at all for the arts. […]

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Venice Biennale 2017 – Viva Arte Viva

Friday, May 19th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Ask people to name the most romantic city in the world, and Venice is usually at the top of the list – but there are dissenters. D.H. Lawrence said Venice was green, slippery and abhorrent, and he didn’t even have to contend with the crowds in the Giardini and Arsenale during the opening days of […]