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Tag: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Greg Semu

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Adolf Loos, famous Viennese designer and arbiter of taste, said that only criminals and savages adorned themselves with tattoos. Writing in 1928, he singled out the Papuans as representative “savages”, but he might just as easily have chosen the Samoans. In the very same year, Margaret Mead published Coming of Age in Samoa, perhaps the […]

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Jompet Kuswidananto & Katthy Cavaliere

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Within the crowd there is equality,” wrote Elias Canetti, in his compelling, eccentric book, Crowds and Power (1960). “All demands for justice and all theories of equality ultimately derive their energy from the actual experience of equality familiar to anyone who has been part of a crowd.” Yet within that feeling of equality generated by […]

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Ink Remix & Mikhael Subotzky

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Mention Chinese art and most people think of brush-and-ink painting, a medium that has been around for at least 2,000 years. The image that springs to mind is of a craggy mountain with a sprinkling of equally contorted trees. The scene may be wreathed in mist, with a tiny sage perched on a ledge. In […]

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Art Collection

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Public galleries have always cultivated good relations with private collectors, but lately those ties have taken on a new importance. This is partly a result of governments wanting to palm off the responsibility for arts funding onto private sources. The logic is perfectly cynical: when spending cuts are required the arts are seen as a […]

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Shaun Gladwell

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Watching the inexorable rise of Shaun Gladwell over the past decade makes me feel like the only teetotaler at a drunken party. After absorbing many hours of video, I still don’t get it. When everyone was gasping about Storm Sequence (2000) – a slow-motion film of Gladwell on a skateboard, I thought it was stupefying. […]

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Taiwanese artist, Chien-Chi Chang, introduces his photo sequence, The Chain, with a quotation from Dostoyevsky’s Diary of a Writer: “It is not by confining one’s neighbour that one is convinced of one’s own sanity.” He almost certainly found the line in the preface to Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilisation (1964), where it is paired with […]

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Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture

Saturday, October 13th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There is a simple explanation as to why Chinese contemporary art is so relentlessly satirical: 27 years of ideological rectitude, including that final decade of Mao-induced madness known as the Cultural Revolution. From the time the Communist Party took over in 1949 there was nothing much to laugh about. The workers paradise had been achieved, […]

Art Essays

Janet Laurence

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There is a certain moral cachet that comes with the label “environmental artist”. Janet Laurence seems to be simultaneously attracted to the description and slightly embarrassed. She realises that any form of categorisation is a potential trap, but if one simply must wear a label, well “environmental artist” is among the more attractive options. It […]

Art Essays

Din Q. Lê: Erasure, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was astonishing to learn that in a recent opinion poll Australians rated border protection as a more important issue than health, education, transport or housing. This is one of those statistical miracles that testify to our growing sense of social paranoia and the power of political scare campaigns. The facts are well known but […]

Art Essays

Yang Fudong

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 Chinese Art, Film Reviews, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Q: When is a film not a film? A: When it’s a work of contemporary art. Of all the current crop of Chinese artists who have become stars of the Biennale circuit, Yang Fudong (b.1971) is one of the most difficult to categorise. Having studied painting at the Academy of Art in Hangzhou, he has […]