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Author: John McDonald

Good Weekend Art Column

Dina Goldstein – Lyons Gallery, Sydney

Saturday, May 18th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

  Artist: Dina Goldstein Lives: Vancouver, Canada Age: 49 Represented by:Lyons Gallery, Paddington, Sydney (Plus galleries in USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France and Portugal) Her thing.Humorous-but-serious, elaborately staged colour photographs on the theme of religion in a secular world. Our take.Every year Sydney’s Head-On Photo Festival gets bigger and more ambitious. Among a range of leading […]

Film Reviews

Little Woods

Friday, May 17th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Little Woods is a defiantly little movie – the story of two mismatched sisters in the backwoods of North Dakota, struggling with poverty and crime. In an age when films are valued in terms of big budgets, box office and celebrity power, Nia DaCosta’s directorial debut gives the impression that it was shot in a remote […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Villa Cerruti

Friday, May 17th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A little over a year ago I was in Turin for the announcement of one of the most remarkable private bequests ever handed to a museum of contemporary art. Francesco Federico Cerruti, a local industrialist who made his fortune from the perfect binding process that allowed the spines of books to be glued instead of […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Tim Maguire – Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Saturday, May 11th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Tim Maguire Lives: Tarn-et-Garonne, Southwest France & Rosebery, Sydney Age: 60 Represented by:Tolarno Galleries Sydney (Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney; Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich) His thing.A dazzling series of one-off abstract digital prints composed by a roll of the dice, along with painting and video. Our take.Tim Maguire has always been keen to experiment with different […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Asad Raza: Absorption

Friday, May 10th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Archibald madness may be raging in Sydney this week, but I’m in Europe, feeling a slightly guilty pleasure at being so far from the frontline. Looking at the entries on-line proves the point that it’s impossible to judge works of art from photos. Every year at the preview I feel pretty confident that I can […]

Film Reviews

Peterloo

Friday, May 10th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Rise, like lions after slumber In unvanquishable number! Shake your chains to earth, like dew Which in sleep had fallen on you: Ye are many – they are few! Percy Bysshe Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy, thought by many to be the greatest political poem ever written, was inspired by one, singular event. In the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Old Masters in Shenzhen

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Thirty years ago Australia began to export Aboriginal art to major venues in the United States and Europe. Unlike earlier international forays, Dreamings (1988) and Aratjara (1993) were framed as art exhibitions, not as collections of ethnographic artefacts. Nowadays, with China unassailable as our largest trading partner, the National Museum of Australia is repeating the exercise with […]

Film Reviews

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 Film Reviews,

Hollywood legend has it that Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra (1963) was the longest running – and most expensive – shoot in screen history. More than 400 days were spent on set, as costs (and Liz Taylor’s paypacket) continued to skyrocket. Yet if we measure the sheer amount time spent on any film, from first conception to […]