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Sydney Morning Herald Column

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Tony Tuckson: The Abstract Sublime

Friday, January 11th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In a review of Tony Tuckson’s second and final solo exhibition, held at Watters Gallery in April, 1973, James Gleeson spoke of a “rare, wild energy that is without parallel in Australian painting.” Four decades later that claim still holds true. Over the years there have been plenty of artists who qualify as ‘Abstract Expressionists’ […]

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Escher X nendo

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

M.C.Escher is one of those artists that exerts an irresistible fascination on young minds. I remember being entranced by the Dutchman’s drawings while still at school after an art teacher suggested I look at his work. Even if the name is unfamiliar, at some stage you will have probably seen one of Escher’s signature images […]

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9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Friday, December 14th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s been 25 years since Brisbane staged its first-ever Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. It was a bold experiment at the time – and it paid dividends, helping to put the Queensland Art Gallery on the international art map. Everyone who felt the need to keep in touch with the latest developments in contemporary […]

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Lynette Wallworth: Awavena

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Not many artists have been personally invited by the chief of a South American tribe to come and make a virtual reality film in the Amazonian jungle. None, in fact, until Lynette Wallworth received such a summons. It came about when Tashka, chief of the Yawanawa tribe saw Wallworth’s previous VR piece, Collisions (2016), at […]

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Nick Cave: Until

Friday, November 30th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

One truly astonishing story last week concerned Sandra Parks, a 13-year-old in Milwaukee who was killed by a random bullet fired into her house from the street. What made this pointless crime even more bizarre was that two years ago the same girl had written an award-winning essay called Our Truth, on the problem of […]

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David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018

Friday, November 23rd, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“I was never interested in making propaganda for anybody,” said David Goldblatt, “and didn’t allow my photos to be used that way.” It’s an important point because even Goldblatt’s admirers tend to see him as a political photographer who drew global attention to the injustices of Apartheid. As this landmark retrospective at the Museum of […]

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Watters Gallery: Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was a typically understated opening night at Watters Gallery last week for Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations. If the atmosphere was a little sombre it was because this was the last hurrah for a Sydney institution and icon. After 54 years Watters is closing, and none of the visitors on that final […]

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Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage is the offspring of Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection, held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris at the end of 2016. Having seen that exhibition, which was one of the great experiences of decades spent in art museums, it’s hard to get too excited about […]

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Sculpture by the Sea 2018

Friday, November 2nd, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This weekend is the last chance to catch Sculpture by the Sea, which has become one of the annual rituals of life in Sydney. Every October or November we trek dutifully from Bondi to Tamarama (and usually back again), with the devotion of pilgrims visiting a holy shrine with a full range of relics on […]

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Bangkok Art Biennale

Friday, October 26th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Follow your bliss” was the signature pronouncement of Joseph Campbell, an American writer on comparative mythology who became a guru for many of his readers. Campbell took the idea from the Indian holy books, the Upanishads, in which the Sanskrit word for “bliss” is “ananda”. It may be pure coincidence that the inaugural Bangkok Art […]