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Art Essays

Vienna: Art & Design

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In that period known as the Belle Époque, from the end of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War, Europe went through a prodigious burst of creativity. Modernity had arrived in full force, and no centre, with the obvious exception of Paris, was more dynamic than Vienna. Both cities were melting […]

Art Essays

Eugene von Guérard

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In the entire history of Australian art, no painter has ever been through greater extremes of adulation and neglect than Eugene von Guérard (1811-1901). In the 1860s he was recognised as the finest landscapist in the colony, but by the 1870s his reputation was in decline. In the following century he was all but forgotten. […]

Art Essays

Gustave Moreau

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In Hollywood’s version of the past the critics were always hostile and blinkered, while the misunderstood genius struggled for a recognition that it is now given freely. We’d like to believe that a great artist is always ahead of his or her time, making work for future generations, but this romantic idea rarely survives close […]

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

Ron Mueck

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There is no place in the upper echelons of contemporary art for a reasonable person: to be a success one has to be an extremist. There are artists whose work is so sloppy it might have been thrown together the day before an opening, and those with an obsessive eye for detail. Many curators and […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Misty Moderns

Saturday, November 21st, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Max Meldrum did not paint masterpieces. This alone is enough to distinguish him from the ranks of Australia’s most celebrated modern artists, who will be forever associated with a few iconic works. Think of Nolan for instance, and one thinks inevitably of Ned Kelly. Think of Drysdale and the image that springs to mind is […]

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 […]

Art Essays

Andy Warhol

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 International Art,

What happens when art history has run its course? What happens when every last innovation has been tried and tried again? One answer is that the business of art becomes the art of business. This distinction was pioneered by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), who was talking about “business art” in the 1970s – a decade in […]