Tag: Art Month Sydney


Learning from Peter Lik

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 Blog,

One day, with a photographer friend, I wandered into the Peter Lik Gallery in Cairns. It felt more like a chintzy tourist restaurant than an art gallery. The lights were low, the walls painted a charcoal colour. The furniture was new and gleaming, music played in the background. Lik’s landscape photographs were hung thickly on […]

Art Essays

Last Days

Friday, March 16th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Blog, General Art Essays,

“Hurry, hurry, last days!” Margaret Olley used to say, when she felt the pinch of old age. Her final show, completed in fairy tale fashion on the day she died, reveals an artist who knew she did not have much time left. The paintings in the exhibition, The Inner Sanctum, hosted by Philip Bacon in […]

Art Essays

Sunset over Cottesloe

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Blog, General Art Essays,

As half of the Sydney art world celebrated the launch of Art Month, and the other half clinked glasses at a valedictory show of Margaret Olley’s work, I was on Cottesloe Beach watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. It was the eighth incarnation of Sculpture by the Sea in Western Australia, and I […]

Art Essays

Decade of the Rabbit

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 Australian Art, Chinese Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

As a second Art Month winds towards a conclusion, it’s still not clear that this initiative is winning new audiences for the visual arts. For 2010’s first-ever Art Month the program was even more packed, but the season that followed was a mortifying experience for most of the commercial galleries. It seems that all the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Art Month 2010

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over a decade ago the well-known Sydney art dealer, Ray Hughes, held a show of sculptured, painted coffins from Ghana made in the shape of a car, a crayfish, a spring onion, and so on. The exhibition attracted unprecedented publicity for a commercial gallery, with reports on TV and radio, and articles in the newspapers […]