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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. […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Aida Tomescu – Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Aida Tomescu Lives: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney. Age:  63 Represented by: Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney; Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland (no Melbourne representation) Her thing: Vigorous abstract expressionist canvases with a palette of white and crimson. Our take. Watching the development of Aida Tomescu’s work over the years has been a thrilling experience. With each new […]

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Barbara McKay & Hadyn Wilson

Friday, August 9th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In May the National Gallery of Australia launched a campaign called Know My Name, which aims to raise awareness of the work of Australian women artists. Call me a cynic, but when a leading institution takes up the cause of a supposedly neglected minority, one may assume the battle is already over. Historically-speaking there’s no […]

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Charlie Sheard: Absolute Abstraction

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Absolute Abstraction is an uncompromising title for an uncompromising show at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. So far removed is this event from the laidback norms of Australian painting that it would surely read better in German: Absolute Abstraktion. That hard ‘k’ makes all the difference. Charlie Sheard (b.1960) always knew he wanted to be […]

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Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

Thursday, May 30th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Playful” is the word on everyone’s lips as they go around the National Gallery of Victoria’s Alexander Calder survey. Yet for Sandy Rower, the artist’s grandson, who manages the Calder Foundation in New York, the term is completely taboo. Rower argues that to imagine Calder (1898-1976) was “playful” is to completely misjudge his character. Based […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Tim Maguire – Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

Saturday, May 11th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Tim Maguire Lives: Tarn-et-Garonne, Southwest France & Rosebery, Sydney Age: 60 Represented by:Tolarno Galleries Sydney (Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney; Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich) His thing.A dazzling series of one-off abstract digital prints composed by a roll of the dice, along with painting and video. Our take.Tim Maguire has always been keen to experiment with different […]

Good Weekend Art Column

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, […]