Tag: celebrity

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Archibald Prize 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

For a severe case of cultural vertigo try spending three weeks in the museums of Europe gazing at portraits by Rembrandt, Rubens and Beckmann, before hurrying back to Sydney for… the Archibald Prize! If travel broadens the mind it’s a positive disadvantage when it comes to appreciating the charms of this great Australian institution. Faced […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Marilyn at MAMA

Friday, February 19th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Men grow cold as girls grow old, and we all lose our charms in the end…” sang Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Yet Marilyn would never lose her charms, cheating old age by dying at the age of 36, fixing her image forever as the glamorous blonde starlet we see in […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There are ideas for exhibitions that make luminous sense – once somebody has announced them. Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery of Victoria set off bells and whistles in my head when curator, Max Delaney, told me about it last year. It’s such an obvious match it seems remarkable someone in Europe […]


Paths to Stardom:

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 Blog,

Birdman, the new film by Alejandro González Inárritu, tells us everything we need to know about the ever-changing path to stardom. Riggan, played by Michael Keaton, is an actor who has become famous for playing a comic book superhero, but craves the prestige and ‘authenticity’ conferred by the Broadway stage. In the twilight of his […]

Film Reviews

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Saturday, December 21st, 2013 Film Reviews,

It has been a whopping nine years since Will Ferrell starred in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004). This is an eternity compared to the speed with which Hollywood usually serves up sequels, although the delay may simply be due to the huge volume of film and TV work the hyperactive Ferrell has undertaken […]

Art Essays

Lucian Freud 1922 – 2011

Sunday, July 31st, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

With the passing of Lucian Freud, British art has lost not only one of its great painters, but a legendary conversationalist. Perhaps it was a skill acquired while staring at people for hours in the studio, deciding whether or not to put a microscopic dab of paint on the end of a nose. Freud’s anecdotes, […]

Art Essays

Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Annie Leibovitz’s career reads like one long cautionary tale on the fickleness of fame – a condition the poet, Rilke, famously described as “the sum of all misunderstandings”. As the world’s leading photographer of celebrities she has become a celebrity in her own right. This is the main reason her exhibition at the Museum of […]

Art Essays

Annie Leibovitz: a preview

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Every aspiring amateur should find inspiration in the Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, for it suggests that one can be the most famous, most highly paid photographer in the world, and rarely produce anything that might be called a masterpiece. Leibovitz is known for her portraits of celebrities, and by the ineluctable […]