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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Biennale of Sydney 2020. Part 2

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Another week, another avalanche of statistics about infections and fatalities. As I write, the Biennale of Sydney, which has made heroic efforts to remain open, has just announced it will be switching to a digital platform. This is a poor substitute for the first-hand experience of works of art but it’s better than a total […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Biennale of Sydney 2020. Part 1

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Every morning in Sydney we wake to news of cancellations and closures because of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. By the time this column appears there may be few major (or minor) venues that remain open, but – following that perennial advice about keeping a cool head in a crisis – I’m going to proceed as […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Adelaide Biennial 2020: Monster Theatres

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

 “Monster” is a word that invites the most contradictory responses. We think of a monster as something hideous, out-of-the-ordinary, dark and dangerous, but given the opportunity to see one we come running. This is borne out by the popularity of horror movies, the freak shows that drew audiences to carnivals and fairs, the perennial fascination […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Water

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

As Australia burns it seems almost callous to call an exhibition Water. When this show was being planned the  curators at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art could hardly know it would coincide with one of the worst bushfire seasons of all time. They were more likely motivated by the drought that has dragged on since […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Robert Klippel: Assembled

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since Bob Klippel died, and 17 years since his definitive retrospective at the Art Gallery of NSW. At the time it was commonplace to hear Klippel (1920-2001) described as “Australia’s greatest sculptor” – a title that generated a good deal of grumbling and dissent among his peers. […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Jon Molvig: Maverick

Friday, December 6th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If art were like rugby league Margaret Olley and Jon Molvig would have been NSW State-of-Origin stars. Instead they will always be associated with Queensland where they spent a significant part of ther lives. This year’s Olley retrospective at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art drew massive crowds. Jon Molvig: Maverick, at the Queensland Art Gallery, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Mike Parr: The Eternal Opening

Friday, November 29th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Mike Parr is an artist who is prepared to suffer for his art and make everyone else suffer as well. Spending hours at Carriageworks last week watching Parr put himself through a series of unpleasant, protracted tortures, I had plenty of opportunity to reflect on the experience. “You’re the only one who’s watched the whole […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sculpture By the Sea 2019

Friday, November 1st, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Proof arrived this week that climate change is real and urgent. The standard beginning of Sculpture by the Sea (SXS) sees visitors plodding around the coastal trail between Bondi and Tamarama in the pouring rain, but the first day of this year’s show was a scorcher. When the magical rain-bringing powers of this event are […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

River on the Brink

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When your Prime-Minister is admiring a McDonalds in Ohio while other world leaders are attending a United Nations summit on climate change, it gives a pretty clear indication of the importance this government assigns to environmental policy. The PM likes to present himself as a real Aussie bloke and his solution to global warming could […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Aida Tomescu – Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Aida Tomescu Lives: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney. Age:  63 Represented by: Fox Jensen Gallery, Sydney; Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland (no Melbourne representation) Her thing: Vigorous abstract expressionist canvases with a palette of white and crimson. Our take. Watching the development of Aida Tomescu’s work over the years has been a thrilling experience. With each new […]