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Newsletter 287

Monday, May 20th, 2019 Newsletter,

Politics in Australia isn’t a game of thrones but a game of suburban lounge chairs, with both leaders striving to appear more normal, natural and likeable than the other. The late Bob Hawke was the master of this, and was rewarded with four successive election victories. Hawke’s secret, as he told interviewers, was that he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newsletter 286

Monday, May 13th, 2019 Newsletter,

As I write this, the Archibald Prize is yet to be decided, so I won’t venture any thoughts on that annual hoop-la. There’ll be plenty of opportunities in the weeks ahead. In the meantime my travels have taken me from Paris to Le Havre, and now to Milan. On the way I’ve seen another group […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newsletter 285

Monday, May 6th, 2019 Newsletter,

Labour Day in Paris is a reminder of the socialistic nature of the French. Almost every museum is closed, with the exception of the Jacquemart-André – a monument to faded aristocracy. On the other hand, maybe they’re just like the Aussies: any excuse for a day off. It didn’t sound like a very promising round […]

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 […]