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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“They really exhibit all the nice stuff here,” said Amy Lo, Head of Wealth Management at UBS Hong Kong, by way of justifying the Swiss bank’s continuing sponsorship of Art Basel Hong Kong. That statement might serve as a succinct review of this year’s fair, but it’s actually a bit more complicated. In the whirlwind […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Taipei Dangdai Art Fair 2019

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Taiwan is only 180 kilometres from the coast of China but it displays an utterly different cast of mind. So when President Xi Jinping unleashed another round of sabre rattling rhetoric this month, declaring that Taiwan “must and will be” reunited with the mainland, one thinks instinctively of what might be lost rather than gained. […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Watters Gallery: Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was a typically understated opening night at Watters Gallery last week for Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations. If the atmosphere was a little sombre it was because this was the last hurrah for a Sydney institution and icon. After 54 years Watters is closing, and none of the visitors on that final […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Contemporary Istanbul 2018

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Having left Sydney while one art fair was winding up, I arrived in Istanbul on the eve of another. Shortly afterwards came the news that Sydney Contemporary had secured $21 million in sales, an increase of $5 million on last year’s total. This comes at a time when dealers complain about declining visitation and how […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sydney Contemporary 2018

Friday, September 14th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This weekend is the high point of the year for the Sydney – and Australian – contemporary art scene. There may be some disagreement from folk in Melbourne, or from those who believe the Sydney Biennale remains the premier contemporary art event in this country. It’s clear though, the Sydney Contemporary art fair at Carriageworks […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Oh my God, is that Wolfgang Tillmans? I just saw Jeff Koons! Look! It’s Olafur Eliasson!” In what Art Basel Hong Kong quaintly refers to as its “6th Edition”, the mania for celebrity-spotting reached new heights. I wish I could say these artists are idolised because of the superb quality of their work, but – […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sydney Contemporary 2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was both pleasing and wryly amusing to learn that sales at this year’s Sydney Contemporary Art Fair topped $16 million. For a commercial gallery sector feeling unloved and unvisited this figure represents a resounding endorsement. Nevertheless, before breaking out the champagne it’s worth putting that achievement into perspective with a glance at Day One […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Melbourne Art Fair 2014

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Art dealers in Australia have an image problem. Every time a high profile art fraud comes to court, as in the recent case of a dud Albert Tucker painting, there is a mass of lurid publicity. We hear shocking stories about the prevalence of fakes, shady dealers, unreliable auction practices and double-dipping art consultants. It […]

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Markets & mindsets

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 Blog,

In China last week for Shanghai Contemporary, it began to dawn on me why Australia’s commercial gallery scene seems to be struggling to keep afloat: while the contemporary art market has become completely globalised we remain a stubborn provincial outstation. This is no reflection on the quality of Australian art but it is a growing […]

Art Essays

Melbourne Art Fair 2012

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Another Melbourne Art Fair, another chance to take the unsteady pulse of the local art market. With no hard data about turnover, a hasty prognosis would suggest the sector is still feeling the pain, although smiling through tears. Every year the Fair commissions a major work that is subsequently gifted to a public gallery. This […]