Tag: Margaret Olley

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Margaret Olley

Friday, February 24th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than five years since Margaret Olley died. She was such a forceful personality I still half expect to see her pushing through a crowd at the Art Gallery of NSW, using her walking frame to clear a path. The art world is notorious for its doublespeak but Margaret […]

Art Essays

Last Days

Friday, March 16th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Blog, General Art Essays,

“Hurry, hurry, last days!” Margaret Olley used to say, when she felt the pinch of old age. Her final show, completed in fairy tale fashion on the day she died, reveals an artist who knew she did not have much time left. The paintings in the exhibition, The Inner Sanctum, hosted by Philip Bacon in […]

Art Essays

The last days of the Caponian empire

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 Australian Art, Blog,

What a deathly year it has been for artists! In quick succession we have lost Cy Twombly, Lucian Freud, and now John Hoyland. The latter was especially disturbing, as I had just contributed a catalogue essay to his exhibition with Charles Nodrum in Melbourne. Logically there is nothing surprising about someone dying at a ripe […]

Art Essays

Goodbye Margaret, hello Brisbane

Sunday, July 31st, 2011 Australian Art, Blog,

There are a number of phone calls that I dread, although they are inevitable. One arrived last Wednesday when the SMH Arts Editor, Clare Morgan, rang to tell me that Margaret Olley had died. Margaret has been a fixture on the Australian art scene since the 1940s, and it would be difficult to think of […]

Art Essays

Margaret Olley 1923 – 2011: An Appreciation

Monday, July 25th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Hurry, hurry, last days!” Margaret Olley would cry when someone tried to involve her in another hopeful project. It usually involved Margaret making a donation of some sort, or simply gracing an event with her presence. At the end she found it easier to write a cheque rather than face a room full of people […]

Art Essays

The 2011 Archibald Prize

Saturday, April 16th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s appropriate the Archibald Prize should coincide with Easter, because the Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW have repented of their sins of last year and asked to be forgiven. Not in so many words, of course. They have simply chosen a better, more credible exhibition and tried to put the horrors of 2010 […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Margaret Olley: Life’s Journey

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

At this stage of her brilliant career there is nothing that any critical review can add to or subtract from the reputation of Margaret Hannah Olley. There have been two retrospectives, two Orders of Australia, four honorary doctorates. She has been painted by Australia’s best-known artists, and hailed for her constant public benefactions. As long […]