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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 […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa – Utopia Art, Sydney

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Ronnie Tjampitjinpa Lives: Alice Springs Age:around 76 Represented by:Utopia Art Sydney (no Melbourne representation) Her thing.Classic western desert paintings by an old master of the Papunya Tula movement Our take.Ronnie Tjampitjinpa was one of the original group of men who began painting with acrylic on boards at the Western Desert settlement of Papunya Tula […]

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The National 2019: New Australian Art

Thursday, April 25th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In its second “edition”, The National: New Australian Art,  is just as hard to love as its predecessor of 2017. A collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks, the show is intended as an overview of the best and the brightest work being produced in Australia today. It’s […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Hassall Collection

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Last week I had occasion to reflect at length on that strange beast, the art collector. The immediate stimulus was a talk at Artspace during a private view of the Michael Hobbs Collection. The late Michael Hobbs was a mainstay of the Sydney art scene for many decades, and his children are honouring his legacy […]

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Perth Festival Art 2019

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In 2018 the Art Gallery of Western Australia chose to opt out of the Perth Festival. This year AGWA has made an impressive comeback with Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley – the stand-out event in the 2019 visual arts program. It’s an exhibition that has been six years in the making, and the […]

Art Essays

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili – Alcaston Galleries, Melbourne

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 Art Essays, Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili Lives: Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Age:80 (b. c.1938) Represented by:Alcaston Galleries, Melbourne & Australia-wide Her thing. Innovative bark paintings and prints on traditional Yolngu themes. Our take.At the age of 80, or thereabouts, Noŋgirrŋa Marawili is emerging as one of the most dynamic indigenous artists at work today. This is usually a […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Nongirrna Marawili

Friday, January 18th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A talking point with the Tony Tuckson show at the Art Gallery of NSW is that the artist’s first solo exhibition came at the age of 48. Most of today’s art students would probably think anyone who leaves it so late must be doomed to failure. At nearly 50, surely one should be thinking about […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

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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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards 2018

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A remarkable thing happened at this year’s 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT): the stand-out work actually won the major prize. The annual circus of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman may have given me a jaundiced view of art prizes, […]

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John Mawurndjul: I Am the Old and the New

Friday, July 27th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This year’s best exhibition title is: John Mawurndjul: I Am the Old and the New. A landmark retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the show demonstrates the paradox of bark painting: as one of the oldest forms of artistic expression and something completely new. This was inconceivable to the organisers of the Cologne Art […]