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The Archibald Prize 2022: Blak Douglas is the winner

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 Blog,

Politics is never far away from the Archibald prize, but it’s often that nebulous strain called “art politics”. This year, with the winner being announced in the middle of a federal election campaign, it was always going to be hard to keep attention focused on the aesthetics. Blak Douglas (AKA. Adam Hill), proved to be […]

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The Archibald Prize 2022: A First Look

Monday, May 9th, 2022 Blog,

It was predictable that after last year’s orgiastic celebrations of the Archibald Prize’s hundredth birthday, the following year would bring the hangover. But it’s not worth complaining about the quality of the 2022 exhibition, as the Archibald is never better than mediocre, with a few standouts. The dominant aspect of this year’s selection is a […]

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On Commissions

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

As the fabulous mirage of Sydney Modern rises on the edge of the Botanic Garden, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has decided to tell us what we might see when the building opens, allegedly before Christmas. Last week the gallery announced it had commissioned nine new works, from Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Karla Dickens, Simryn […]

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23rd Sydney Biennale: A Brief Guide

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Preparations for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney were well underway before somebody noticed this year’s theme – rīvus – was an anagram of “virus”. For director, José Roca, who has worked to assemble a vast international show in a locked-down world, it would have been impossible to ignore the pandemic. Roca is from Columbia but […]

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Matisse: Life & Spirit

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Unless you’ve been watching the Ashes there’s not a lot to be cheerful about at the beginning of this year. To go – literally – anywhere is to be sure of receiving a COVID-19 notification, but if you’re willing to take your chances with at least one exhibition in Sydney, it would have to be […]

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Matisse: A First Look

Monday, November 22nd, 2021 Blog,

Henri Matisse burst onto the French art scene like a bombshell at the 1905 Salon d’Automne. Faced with paintings in vibrant colour, the public was scandalised. The 36-year-old Matisse and his colleagues were christened “les Fauves” – the wild beasts – and accused of being madmen and confidence tricksters. Although the show was an act […]

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The Way We Eat

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In the western world we greet someone with the words: “How are you?” but in China they say: “Have you eaten?” It testifies to the central importance of food in Chinese culture – and perhaps the difficulties of getting enough of it over the past 5,000 years. The Way We Eat at the Art Gallery […]

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The Met: Art Museums in a Changing World

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

While New South Wales lockdowns roll on, Queenslanders can go to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art and view the blockbuster exhibition, European Masterpieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. It’s almost certainly the most impressive show to reach our heavily barricaded shores this year but the pandemic has made it hard to imagine […]

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Archie 100

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over the past few years there have been times when the Art Gallery of NSW was so empty of visitors it gave the impression someone had just shouted “Fire!”. Right now the opposite applies: the joint is packed to the rafters, with people waiting patiently in queues to see the Archibald Prize. For many this […]

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Archibald Prize 2021

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s now history that Peter Wegner has won the centenary  Archibald Prize with a portrait of centenarian artist, Guy Warren. Wegner wasn’t the ony one to have that idea – by Guy’s reckoning he sat for “four or five” portraits in the lead-up to this year’s prizes, but here’s little doubt the Archibald winner was […]