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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 […]

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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 […]

Art Essays

Ildiko Kovacs / Simone Fraser

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

May is becoming a crowded month, with works for the Head On Photo Festival being shown in more than 80 venues across the city. In addition there is a new round of exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, and also a touch of musical chairs. Sullivan and Stumpf relocated to a spacious new venue […]

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Enrique Martínez Celaya / Michael Johnson

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Enrique Martínez Celaya is an overachiever by any standard. An American artist of Cuban extraction, he has been feted and praised as only the United States can fete and praise.

Art Essays

Paul Hopmeier

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 Australian Art,

“When we have said that sculpture is not sculptural, not an object, not a game, demonstration, machine, architecture or theatre – what is it? It is a figuration with a presence, a thing of modern lineage, learned about always from previous sculpture, and the idea so passed on to anyone who can get it.” Sidney […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Paths to Abstraction

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Cézanne’s lesson, according to Picasso, was not to be found in his beautifully painted apples, but in his anxiety. This is echoed in the words of the artist, Paul Signac, who reported that Matisse was “anxious, madly anxious”, in the year of 1905, when the Fauves made their cataclysmic debut at the Salon d’Automne. It […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Bill Henson David Aspden

Saturday, May 15th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

How fleeting and fickle are the excitements generated by the media. In 2008 it seemed as though Australian civilisation was on the brink of disaster because Bill Henson had exhibited photographs of nude teenagers. It made little difference that he had been doing this for almost thirty years already, with the works being shown in […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

McCubbin: Last Impressions & Aida Tomescu

Saturday, October 24th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There can be few more disconcerting feelings than being the only one at a party who isn’t having a good time, but this is roughly how I felt as I wandered through the exhibition, McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17, at the National Gallery of Australia. Having never thought much of this period of McCubbin’s work I […]