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Art Essays

William Robinson, Aida Tomescu, Evelyn Kotai

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Fred Williams used to say that if you can’t paint a portrait then your art is in trouble. He would have been surprised to see so many portraits included in his recent retrospective, as they were only ever a diversion from his landscape paintings. For an artist there is always the danger that one day […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Masterpieces from Paris

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

Question time in Canberra: “Is Masterpieces from Paris the most important exhibition ever shown at the National Gallery of Australia, as NGA director, Ron Radford, has claimed?” Answer: No. This is a silly, opportunistic thing to say, as it is a show without an original thesis. Think back to the NGA’s Surrealism: Revolution by Night […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Nora Heysen

Saturday, November 28th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Millions are spent nowadays in futile efforts to combat the aging process, but Nora Heysen (1911-2003) seemed to grow more stylish as she got older. Look at the earnest, stolid young woman in her self-portraits of the 1930s, then at the photographs taken in later life. The younger Nora habitually wears her hair pulled back, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Margaret Olley: Life’s Journey

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

At this stage of her brilliant career there is nothing that any critical review can add to or subtract from the reputation of Margaret Hannah Olley. There have been two retrospectives, two Orders of Australia, four honorary doctorates. She has been painted by Australia’s best-known artists, and hailed for her constant public benefactions. As long […]

Art Essays

Peter Godwin

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 Australian Art, International Art,

In a 1990 article in the New Yorker, Dan Hofstadter described the School of London artists – notably R.B.Kitaj, Leon Kossoff and Dennis Creffield, as “dungeon masters”.[i] An accomplished exercise in cultural anthropology, this piece helped introduce American audiences to an eccentric tribe of painters that seemed to revel in dinginess and squalor. These artists […]

Art Essays

Cressida Campbell: A Profile

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 Australian Art,

Cressida Campbell would be the first to admit that most artists’ lives are uneventful. Allowing for those famous few who lopped off an ear or succumbed to Bohemian dissipation, there is little more to it than the daily grind of work in the studio, the repeated struggle for inspiration and motivation. This is Campbell’s lot, […]