Tag: sculpture

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Matthew Barney

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“If you read Ancient Evenings for the story,” wrote Harold Bloom, in an insightful review of Norman Mailer’s most notorious novel, “you will hang yourself.” Having ground my way through 150 pages of this flawed magnum opus I can see exactly what he means. Mailer spent ten years on a sprawling story of ancient Egypt […]

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Joshua Yeldham

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Artists are always happy to portray their work as a spiritual journey but Joshua Yeldham is more convincing than most. His mid-career survey at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum is a unique experience – less of an exhibition than a single work of art divided into different segments that unfold over time. This holistic […]

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Gwangju, Busan & SeMA Biennale

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In South Korea the word “exhibition” seems to be translated as “biennale”. At the moment the Koreans are hosting at least four biennales, if one includes the Daegu Photography Biennale (until 19 October). Last week I managed to catch the other three, two of which have begun in an atmosphere of high controversy. The most […]

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Head On, Michael Johnson & Eva Breuer

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Moshe Rosensveig is the Dr. Frankenstein of Australian photography – Head On, the photo festival he started five years ago, has become a certified monster. There are no fewer than 37 ‘featured’ exhibitions and almost 70 ‘associated’ exhibitions spread across the city, involving an estimated 900 artists. The program also boasts 150 events, including workshops, […]

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Richard Goodwin

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If you have driven along the Gore Hill Freeway you have already experienced the art of Richard Goodwin. The abstract patterns incised on the concrete, sound-baffling walls are taken from designs by architect, Walter Burley Griffin; the transcriptions of Aboriginal rock carvings pay homage to the area’s first inhabitants. It’s a typical Goodwin project: scrupulous […]

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Sculpture City

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

As proven by the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions sculpture enjoys a widespread popularity, but this doesn’t translate into a thriving market. It remains much harder to sell a sculpture than a painting, as private buyers tend to view sculptures as large, cumbersome objects that have no place in the domestic environment. The pieces […]

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Sculpture by the Sea 2013

Saturday, November 9th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was not the best of times, it was not worst of times. The 17th annual Sculpture by the Sea (SxS) features the usual mix of pieces that might be described as ‘serious’ sculpture, and others that are little more than gimmicks. It has become a familiar recipe but seems to go down well with […]

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Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus

Saturday, June 15th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

For the third time in six years Australia’s most popular exhibition has been transplanted to the coast of Jutland, drawing enormous crowds. Sculpture by the Sea first came to Denmark’s second city, Aarhus, in 2009, at the behest of Crown Prince Frederik and his Australian bride, Crown Princess Mary. Had the Danish Royal Family been […]

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Roy Jackson, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Kirsteen Pieterse, Vika Begalska

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Last week I was reminded of the gulf that exists between the art world and the rest of the world, when ABC radio asked me to comment on the Mayor of Newcastle’s view that funding for a new regional gallery should come from selling works in the collection. His logic was: the holdings of the […]


Succès de Scandale in Adelaide

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 Blog,

Letters to The Adelaide Advertiser: “I am absolutely apalled and disgusted how this sculpture can be classed as ‘art’.” “I, for one, will not be going to see this outrageous monstrosity.” “The picture of a horse hanging, with no head, displayed as art was disgusting. I will never again visit the Art Gallery if they […]