Tag: sculpture

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Linde Ivimey

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

Linde Ivimey is the most conspicuous beneficiary of the Gothic turn that Australian contemporary art has taken over the past few years. A decade ago she was virtually unknown, making a living by sculpting cakes while pursuing sculpture in her spare time. Nowadays her pieces are eagerly sought after by private collectors and public galleries. […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Anish Kapoor

Saturday, January 26th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some artists have greatness thrust upon them, others keep waiting but it never seems to turn up. Even if you are among that select group of the rich and famous, with every museum and collector clamouring for your latest creation, there is no guarantee it will make life easier. Material success has a strange tendency […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sculpture by the Sea 2012

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Sculpture by the Sea owes much of its appeal to its outdoor setting but the exposed location brings its own hazards. There have been years in which the narrow walking trail from Bondi to Tamarama was nothing but a procession of dueling umbrellas. This year the installation was impeded by strong winds that made it […]

Art Essays

Sunset over Cottesloe

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Blog, General Art Essays,

As half of the Sydney art world celebrated the launch of Art Month, and the other half clinked glasses at a valedictory show of Margaret Olley’s work, I was on Cottesloe Beach watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. It was the eighth incarnation of Sculpture by the Sea in Western Australia, and I […]

Art Essays

Fred Sandback; Wim Delvoye; Abstract Canvas; Philip King

Saturday, February 18th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over the years Andrew Jensen has edged his way north, starting in Christchurch, moving to Wellington, on to Auckland, and last year crossing national lines and arriving in Sydney. What makes the Jensen Gallery unusual is that the exhibition program consists of 70-80 per cent international art – the kind of art we normally only […]

Art Essays

Sculpture by the Sea 2011

Saturday, November 12th, 2011 Art Essays, Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

To see what Sculpture by the Sea is really all about, one needs to go on a weekend, when the walk between Bondi and Tamarama is teeming with people. For most exhibitions this is the worst scenario for viewing works, but with SXS the open-air setting means that no piece is ever rendered inaccessible. The […]

Art Essays


Saturday, October 15th, 2011 Art Essays, Chinese Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Guanxi is a curious word. It is usually translated as  “contacts”, but there is no single English-language term that captures all the connotations it has for a Chinese speaker. Guanxi refers to a special kind of relationship between people whereby one may always be counted on to help the other. Such relationships are long-term and […]

Art Essays

White Rabbit: Beyond the Frame

Saturday, October 8th, 2011 Chinese Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Back again is Ai Weiwei’s Oil spill (2007) – a series of shiny black porcelain discs that sit flat on the floor, mimicking drops of black gold. In typical fashion, Ai Weiwei takes a substance associated with toxic pollution and transforms it into an aesthetic delicacy. Such ironic turnarounds and dislocations are characteristic of his […]

Art Essays


Saturday, September 17th, 2011 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Among the unsolicited art emails that appear in my mail-box every week, one recent posting came from the Martos Gallery in New York, who were holding an exhibition called We Regret to Inform You There is Currently No Space or Place for Abstract Painting. The image that came with the email showed this sentence written […]

Art Essays

Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark 2011

Friday, June 24th, 2011 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Spend a day walking around Copenhagen and it becomes apparent that the Danes are crazy about sculpture. The immaculate buildings of the ‘Golden Age’ (roughly 1800-50) are encrusted with heads, figures and other forms of sculptural decoration. There are statues galore, and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – one of the most elegant museums in Europe […]