Newsletter 279

Saturday, March 16th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

After a week in New York I feel like I’ve been away for a month. Perhaps it’s the result of going from heat to cold and back to the heat – and first day back was really hot. It might also be due to my rather desperate NY gallery-going, as I tried to see everything of […]

BOOKS. An Introduction

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

To keep writing criticism and commentary one has to keep reading. This occasional column is intended to list the books I receive that I may or may not be able to deal with at greater length. The aim is to acknowledge books and authors rather than let them slip past invisibly. This has been on […]

How to Win an Election

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS READ:   How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians By Quintus Tullius Cicero Princeton U.P. Hardback, 2012, 99 pp.   With state elections looming in New South Wales, and Federal elections only two months away, this little book is the ideal gift for the aspiring politician who hasn’t quite mastered […]

The Wandering Earth

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS READ:   The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu Head of Zeus Hardback, 2017 (orig. 2013), 447 pp   Cixin Liu has built a huge reputation as a science fiction writer in a relatively short time. As this is a genre in which I’ve only ever found a few really excellent authors – namely Philip K. […]

29 Artists

Friday, March 15th, 2019 Art Essays, Books,

BOOKS RECEIVED:   29 Artists by Christopher Walsh Privately published. www.chriswalshphotography 124 pp. Large format paperback, AUD$55.00   Chris Walsh handed me a copy of this book after a talk on Chinese art at Delmar Gallery.  It’s a series of large photos taken in the studios of 29 Chinese contemporary artists. There are a few […]


Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s often said that having a lot of enemies must mean you’re doing something right. Ben Quilty discovered long ago that the price of fame for an artist is the undying enmity of a large proportion of one’s peers. This hasn’t put the brakes on his glorious ascent but neither has it left him unscarred. […]

Sometimes, Always, Never

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 Film Reviews,

Bill Nighy is one of those actors who tends to polarise his audience. Some viewers can’t get enough of him, others find him mannered and irritating. After watching Nighy go through his paces on many occasions I can only conclude that the mannerisms are down to the man, not the role. His self-conscious blend of […]

Bec Juniper – Fox Galleries, Melbourne

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Bec Juniper Lives: Hamilton Hill, Fremantle Age:53 Represented by:Fox Galleries (Wagner Contemporary, Sydney; Linton & Kay, Perth) Her thing. Evocative, abstracted aerial landscapes of Western Australia. Our take.Bec Juniper is an artist who stands in the shadow of a more famous parent. Her father, Robert Juniper, was one of the best-known painters in Western Australia, […]

Newsletter 278

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 Newsletter,

Well the great week has finally arrived: the website has been redesigned! But before you all start emailing and pointing out various issues, I’m aware there are a lot of teething problems that need to be resolved. I could reel off a long list but it wouldn’t be a very productive use of a newsletter. […]

Fang Lijun: Facial Recognition

Friday, March 8th, 2019 Blog,

A shaven head sends a message but it’s an ambiguous one. The shaven heads of prisoners or monks tell us they belong to an order of humanity removed from the social mainstream. The shaven head of a soldier, a footballer, or indeed a football hooligan, is a badge of aggressive intent. When a businessman shaves […]