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Tag: abstract art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

James Rogers

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some artists make their best impression in a group exhibition, others need a showcase to themselves. James Rogers is a sculptor who always seems to have one of the standout pieces in Sculpture By the Sea every year. I felt I knew his work pretty well, but his mid-career survey at the Drill Hall Gallery […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Teelah George, Gallery 9, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Teelah George Lives: Northbridge, Perth & Collingwood, Melbourne Age: 36 Represented by: Gallery 9, Sydney; (Neon Parc, Melbourne) Her thing: Abstract embroideries and mixed media works. Our take. Embroidery is known as a neat and careful occupation but Teelah George has taken the medium into another dimension. Although it’s not possible to be an […]

Good Weekend Art Column

John Bartley – King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: John Bartley Lives: Scott’s Head, NSW. Age: 63 Represented by: King Street Gallery on William, Sydney (no Melbourne representation) His thing: Highly expressive abstract paintings made from shifting veils of colour. Our take. John Bartley was a late starter, beginning at the National Art School (AKA. East Sydney Tech) at the age of 30. […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Savandhary Vongpoothorn – Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Savandhary Vongpoothorn Lives: Ainslie, Canberra. Age: 49 Represented by: Niagara Galleries, Melbourne (Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney) Her thing: Abstract paintings informed by Buddhist traditions, combining minimalist geometry and calligraphy. Our take. Savandhary Vongpoothorn was eight years old when she and her family arrived in Australia as refugees from war-torn Laos. Vongpoorthorn quickly adapted to […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Ron Robertson-Swann – Australian Galleries, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Ron Robertson-Swann Lives: Botany, Sydney. Age: 78 Represented by: Australian Galleries, Sydney (Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne) His thing: Elegant abstractions in the form of metal sculptures and vividly coloured paintings Our take. Ron Robertson-Swann has been at the forefront of Australian sculpture for almost 50 years. He was one of the youngest artists included […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Angus Nivison, Paul Higgs

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If one had to nominate the most high-profile show in Sydney this week, it would probably be Patricia Piccinini’s The Gardener at Roslyn Oxley9. Touted as the most popular contemporary artist in the world in 2106, after two well-attended surveys in Brazil, Piccinini has become a favourite with the art museums. One might compare her […]

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Paul Higgs: Material Energy

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 Blog,

Art is revolution, improvisation, impetus, enthusiasm, record-setting, elasticity, elegance, generosity, superabundance of goodness, drowning in the Absolute, struggle against every hindrance, an aerial dance on the burning summits of passion… Filippo Marinetti   “Scattering” in physics, is what happens when waves of energy are forced to change direction due to a collision with various particles. […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sydney Ball

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

For over a century each new artistic style or movement was viewed as a momentous historical breakthrough, but when everyone started doing it or buying it, the same stuff became mere “fashion”. As the pioneering sociologist, Georg Simmel, noted in 1895, with fashion, the moment of mass circulation spells the end of a particular look, […]

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Tom Gleghorn

Thursday, July 9th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Robert Hughes once explained his reasons for leaving Australia by saying that if he’d stayed he would have ended up as the world expert on Tom Gleghorn. It wasn’t a swipe at one particular artist so much as an airy dismissal of Australian provincialism, but it left me with a lingering impression of Gleghorn as […]

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Robert Klippel: Assembled

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since Bob Klippel died, and 17 years since his definitive retrospective at the Art Gallery of NSW. At the time it was commonplace to hear Klippel (1920-2001) described as “Australia’s greatest sculptor” – a title that generated a good deal of grumbling and dissent among his peers. […]