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Tag: political art

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

Surrealism at GoMA

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“This life is a hospital in which every patient is tormented by the yearning to move to another bed. – André Breton It’s probably been said many times, but Queensland is a highly appropriate setting for a Surrealism show. Not only does one meet the most surreal personalities north of the border, only a few […]

Art Essays

Jim Anderson / Phillip Juster

Saturday, February 26th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher,” said Dr. Johnson to his biographer, Boswell, “but I don’t know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.” Seeing the exhibition, Lampoon: An Art Historical Trajectory 1970-2010, I thought these lines were oddly appropriate for Jim Anderson. In a retrospective at Sydney University’s Tin Sheds […]

Art Essays

Shen Jiawei: the Art of Politics

Sunday, August 1st, 2010 Art Essays, Australian Art, Chinese Art, International Art,

Shen Jiawei became an artist during the Cultural Revolution, making his first major works in the service of the state, embodied in the figure of the Great Helmsman, Mao Zedong. For roughly a decade, from 1966 onwards, every aspect of daily life in China was politicised in a way that seems to defy logic. It […]

Art Essays

Art & Politics

Wednesday, January 15th, 2003 General Art Essays, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There was a period of about a decade, starting from the early-to-mid 1980s, when every major art event had to be accompanied by an extensive series of forums. These talk-fests were often boring, and always inconclusive. Some participants gave the impression of having done no preparation whatsoever, others had written papers of impenetrable, theoretical complexity. […]