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Sydney Morning Herald Column

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, […]

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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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Minimalism.Space.Light.Object.

Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Singapore’s National Gallery is in that honeymoon phase the National Gallery of Australia enjoyed in its early days. Inaugural director, Eugene Tan, has encouraged his curators to set the agenda, resulting in a highly original series of exhibitions exploring the art of South-East Asia and its relationship to the rest of the world. The Gallery […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Destination Sydney re-imagined

Thursday, January 31st, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In summer 2015 three of the city’s leading public galleries combined forces to stage an exhibition called Destination Sydney, bringing together work by nine prominent local artists, past and present. Although it would be hard to think of a less inspiring title the show seemed to work. At the very least it worked well enough […]

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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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RAW: Wedderburn

Thursday, July 5th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There is no fixed definition of an ‘artists’ colony’ although there are numerous examples spread across the globe. Some are run like businesses, others are no more than clusters of like-minded Bohemians. The prototype of the modern artists’ colony is probably Worpswede, 28 kms from Bremen in northern Germany, which has been a haven for […]

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The Field Revisited

Friday, May 25th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

No exhibition of Australian art has been more mythologised than The Field. Indeed, its only historical competition might be the 9 by 5 Impression exhibition of 1889, in which artists such as Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton scandalised Melbourne by calling themselves “Impressionists”. The Field proved equally controversial when it launched the new St.Kilda Road […]