Tag: Chinese artist

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 […]

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A Retrospective of Chinese Archibald Finalists

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When the Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921 it was a strictly Caucasian affair. There was not much colour to the artists or their paintings – mostly brown pictures of men in suits. The riotous creations currently lining the walls at the Art Gallery of NSW would have seemed like bad jokes to the […]

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Art Collection

Saturday, July 11th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Public galleries have always cultivated good relations with private collectors, but lately those ties have taken on a new importance. This is partly a result of governments wanting to palm off the responsibility for arts funding onto private sources. The logic is perfectly cynical: when spending cuts are required the arts are seen as a […]

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White Rabbit: State of Play

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Certain nations are not renowned for their playfulness. Nicht wahr? Yet this is not the case with the Chinese who found out many years ago the only way to make life bearable is to laugh about it. The Chinese sense of humour is robust and dark. It may have been this way from time immemorial, […]

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Yangjiang Group & Zhang Huan

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In Sydney the word “event” is always an understatement. The calendar is packed with one event after another, most of them growing more extravagant with each passing year. The procession begins with the Sydney Festival in January and continues until Christmas sends everyone home for a few days before the streets are packed again for […]


Guan Wei: Promised Land

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 Blog,

Guan Wei is one of a generation of Chinese artists who settled in Australia in the wake of the Tiananmen Square events of 1989, and found themselves balanced between two cultures in a way that was simultaneously confusing and stimulating. While Guan Wei’s work has remained distinctively, unmistakably Chinese, he has drawn a large part […]