Tag: Australian art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Colin Lanceley: Earthly Delights

Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

For more than a thousand years the west was obsessed with the classical culture of Greece and Rome. In the cyber-age of today when all knowledge is available on the mobile phone, we can barely remember the cultural achievements of the past twenty years. This is partly because those who have been entrusted to preserve […]

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The Archibald Prize in Ten Pictures

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

No fewer than 816 works were entered in this year’s Archibald Prize, with 52 being selected as finalists. I should be used to it by now, but I’m still amazed that so many artists plunge in, year after year, in the forlorn hope of making it into the charmed circle that hangs at the Art […]


Peter Powditch: Remarks at a Memorial Exhibition

Friday, May 13th, 2022 Blog,

I feel like a bit of a fraud opening Peter Powditch’s memoral show, when so many other people in this room knew him a lot better than I did. – I didn’t ‘get’ Peter’s work at all when I first encountered it and didn’t meet him until some time after I’d first written – rather […]


Ken Whisson 1927 – 2022

Friday, May 6th, 2022 Blog,

Ken Whisson was one of the great originals of Australian art. Had he ever become a household name he would have felt something was wrong. Whisson had no desire to live or paint in a conventional way. Like Giacometti, even when he began to sell work for higher prices he continued to live like a […]

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2022 Biennale of Sydney: rīvus

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When he began to plan the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, this year’s director, José Roca, thought of Australia as a hot, dry country in which water was a precious resource. By the time the show got underway, a month ago, Sydney was well into its wettest March on record. Since then, the clouds and rain […]

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Adelaide Biennial 2022: Free/State

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Sebastian Goldspink is pioneering a new model of curatorship – the sensitive, caring custodian. At the opening of the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Goldspink seemed to waver on the brink of tears every time he had to make a speech, which, as guest curator, was pretty […]


Peter Powditch 1942 – 2022

Sunday, March 27th, 2022 Blog,

Few contemporary Australian artists become well-known names, but Peter Powditch had his 15 minutes of fame. In 1972 the Sydney Morning Herald was putting together a front page feature on who was going to win that year’s rugby league grand final and Powditch was one of the celebrities contacted for an opinion. In later years […]

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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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Destination Sydney 2022

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

As a title, Destination Sydney, is not sounding any better with age, but this third installment of the show is reputedly the last. As with the exhibitions in 2015 and 2018, it’s a collaboration between three of Sydney’s leading public venues: the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery, and the Manly Museum and Art Gallery, […]


Jutta Feddersen 1931 – 2021

Thursday, February 10th, 2022 Blog,

Jutta Feddersen, who has died peacefully at the age of 90, belonged to a generation whose lives were permanently shaped and scarred by the Second World War. Born in 1931, in a German town called Briesen that is now part of Poland, Jutta Schley enjoyed an idyllic rural childhood. One of five children, she was […]