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Tag: abstract art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Hilarie Mais

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

One could hardly imagine a greater contrast between exhibitions than the current offerings at the Museum of Contemporary Art. On level two viewers can sample the shapeless paintings of Jenny Watson, structured only by virtue of the artist’s whims. On the entrance level there is a single large gallery devoted to the work of Hilarie […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Salon des Refusés 2014

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

So much has already been written about Sydney’s $9.3 million public sculpture proposals that I’m in two minds whether to comment or leave it alone. Nevertheless, it’s an issue that won’t go away. It’s depressing that the very idea of a city council spending money on art brings out the philistine in a large proportion […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Roy Jackson, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Kirsteen Pieterse, Vika Begalska

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Last week I was reminded of the gulf that exists between the art world and the rest of the world, when ABC radio asked me to comment on the Mayor of Newcastle’s view that funding for a new regional gallery should come from selling works in the collection. His logic was: the holdings of the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

J.W.Power Abstraction-Création Paris 1934

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Almost sixty years after his death, John Joseph Wardell Power is overdue for another look. Power is best known as the generous benefactor who provided funds for a department of art history at Sydney University and a collection that has since evolved into the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is not widely known that the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Ken Whisson: As If

Saturday, October 6th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Ken Whisson says he has always enjoyed being “outside of the awful mainstream”, but it may be that he is about to redefine what is mainstream and what is marginal. Ken Whisson: As If at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is the most fascinating retrospective since the National Gallery of Australia’s George Lambert survey of […]

Art Essays

William Robinson, Aida Tomescu, Evelyn Kotai

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Fred Williams used to say that if you can’t paint a portrait then your art is in trouble. He would have been surprised to see so many portraits included in his recent retrospective, as they were only ever a diversion from his landscape paintings. For an artist there is always the danger that one day […]

Art Essays

Not the Way Home, Damaged

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In recent years there has been a spate of projects in which a group of artists are taken to some far-flung location and invited to respond to a new environment. The end result is a group exhibition that gathers together works made on the spot, and those created afterwards in the studio from memories, sketches […]

Art Essays

Abstraction

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Among the unsolicited art emails that appear in my mail-box every week, one recent posting came from the Martos Gallery in New York, who were holding an exhibition called We Regret to Inform You There is Currently No Space or Place for Abstract Painting. The image that came with the email showed this sentence written […]

Art Essays

David Aspden

Friday, August 26th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Like Tom Roberts before him, David Aspden (1935-2005) was born in rural England and arrived in Australia around the age of fifteen. This is a time of life when the biggest part of one’s adult personality is already formed. Roberts, who grew up in the age of Empire, was never quite sure if he was […]

Art Essays

John Hoyland, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 General Art Essays, International Art,

One often reads about an artist’s ‘late style’, an autumnal period where a painter feels his mortality, slows down and mellows his palette. John Hoyland, who will be 77 this year, has obviously never heard of this concept. The paintings Hoyland is producing today are more raw, more free, more experimental than the works he […]