Tag: Annandale Galleries

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sculpture by the Sea 2016 & Zadok Ben-David

Friday, October 28th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Sculpture By the Sea has prospered on the idea that the dramatic landscape of the Bondi foreshores provides a brilliant showcase for art. Last Sunday this view was comprehensively rejected by Mother Nature who had a tantrum and threw everything at the exhibition. There have been years when I’ve trudged between Bondi and Tamarama in […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Kevin Connor, Ricky Swallow & 'Found'

Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Kevin Connor’s paintings aren’t pretty but they are attractive, having the peculiar magnetism of anything done with no thought of an audience or a peer group. This only begins to seem like a virtue when one thinks of all the art made as part of a career strategy, or by those who want to be […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Zadok Ben-David & Adam Rish

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It may be presumptuous to declare Anglo-Israeli artist, Zadok Ben-David a great sculptor, but there is no denying he is one of the great entertainers in world art. If you were to ask me: “What’s wrong with that?” I’d have to reply: “Nothing at all.” There is an air of sanctimony about much contemporary art, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Jim Dine & Sam Francis

Saturday, November 17th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Several friends have sent me the same article from The Guardian about American art critic, Dave Hickey, who says he is quitting the art business because it has become “calcified, self-reverential and a hostage to rich collectors.” This diagnosis is nothing but the unvarnished truth. If we’re shielded from the worst of it in Australia […]

Art Essays

Leon Kossoff

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 Art Essays, International Art,

In a recent interview Lucian Freud expresses his exasperation that no-one seems to have noticed that Leonardo da Vinci was a really bad painter. This opinion, at first so vehement and startling, begins to make sense when one looks at Freud’s own drawings and working methods. Leonardo, the epitome of the Renaissance’s uomo universale, was […]

Art Essays

William Kentridge; Phillip King; Gareth Sansom

Saturday, July 31st, 2010 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Dimitri Shostakovich was 22 years old and freshly out of the Leningrad Conservatory, when he wrote the opera, The Nose. The piece is based on Gogol’s famous short story of 1836, in which a minor civil servant wakes to find his nose missing from his face. The protagonist pursues the fugitive organ through the streets of […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Gunybi Ganambarr

Saturday, November 7th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

As colonial values spread across the continent in the nineteenth century it was widely believed that the first Australians were doomed to disappear. This was a fixed idea even for pioneering anthropologists such as Baldwin Spencer, who spent the year 1901-02 touring the outback, visiting the inhabitants of those remote regions. For Spencer and his […]