Art Essays

Newsletter 272

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

Although Australia often seems to ape the United States in the most abject fashion there are a few significant points of difference. This may not have occurred to our buffoon of a Prime Minister who thinks that wearing a baseball cap and eating a meat pie will make him look like a man of the […]

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Newsletter 271

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

Back in Sydney, where I’m greeted by the news that the NSW Opposition has come out decisively against moving the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta. This makes me feel a little upstaged, as I’ve written a plea to the Opposition Leader, Michael Daly, in the forthcoming issue of Artist Profile, asking him for just such a […]

Art Essays

Newsletter 270

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

Still travelling, and still scrambling with deadlines, I’m now in Taipei for the inaugural Dangdai art fair. Of all the contemporary art fairs in the world this one seems to have had the smoothest of launches. Director, Magnus Renfrew, has been-there-and-done-that with the early version of the Hong Kong art fair, which has now grown […]

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Newsletter 269

Saturday, January 12th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

This will be a very short newsletter as I’m in Laos, meeting the artists who are taking part in this year’s Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA. My host is Garry Stafford, of the Spellbrook Foundation, who spent 20 years working in the mining industry in Laos, and developed an affection for the country and the […]

Art Essays

Newsletter 268

Saturday, January 5th, 2019 Art Essays, Newsletter,

One more week’s break from the art column, and I can see a big year ahead. It would be good to have time to do a little more research and write longer pieces but everything in the modern workplace trends in the opposite direction. One writes an ever-greater quantity of shorter articles, trying to make […]

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Newsletter 267

Saturday, December 29th, 2018 Art Essays, Newsletter,

If it looks like I’ve been having a week off, that’s almost right. I’ve got a couple of weeks away from the art column, although there’s no break with the regular film reviews. Nevertheless, the smallest glimpse of a change of routine sent me into a few days in which – for the first time […]

Art Essays

Newsletter 266

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 Art Essays, Newsletter,

Judith Neilson’s $100 million Christmas present to Australian journalism could hardly come along at a more crucial time. The recent “merger” between Fairfax and Channel Nine has set everyone on edge as to what will happen to those vestiges of quality jourmalism that remain in the Australian press. We’ve declined a long way over the […]

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Newsletter 265

Saturday, December 15th, 2018 Art Essays, Newsletter,

This week the spooky apparition named Cloud Archwas sighted once again in the Sydney press. In case you’ve forgotten, this is a proposed public sculpture by Japanese architect, Junya Ishigawa, that the Sydney City Council envisages straddling George Street in front of the Town Hall. The first version of this piece, which resembled a wiggly […]

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Newsletter 264

Saturday, December 8th, 2018 Art Essays, Newsletter,

It was a sign of just how far the Morrison government has strayed from reality that when 15,000 children took a day off school last week to protest inaction on climate change, MPs lined up to make arrogant and condescending remarks. According to Resources Minister, Matt Canavan, who has led the charge to lend a […]