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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Christian Louboutin: The Exhibitionist

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

This weekend sees the launch of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, the first ever to showcase the work of indigenous artists from around the world. I’ll be taking a look at the Biennale next week, while keeping my fingers crossed. I’ve learned in the past that it’s best not to go into this event with […]

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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 […]

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Wansolwara: One Salt Water

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Contemporary art’s great wave has taken its time to engulf the Pacific. The voyages of Captain Cook and other explorers may have opened up the region to European influence and the depredations of colonialism but the post-colonial era has seen a resurgence of indigenous expressions. Traditional forms and new means have combined to produce a […]

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Perth Festival 2020: The Art

Thursday, February 20th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Sydney and Melbourne may consider themselves the nation’s cultural powerhouses but when it comes to the annual festivals Perth now has a greater commitment to the visual arts than any other city. In the years I’ve been attending the Perth Festival it’s never disappointed. First-time director, Iain Grandage, a composer, has put together an exceptional […]

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If one can measure progress by the volume of pollution and traffic congestion, Dhaka must be one of the most progressive cities on earth. In the two years since my last visit the fallout from a boom economy means that everything seems to have grown grimier, more manic, more chaotic. At some stage the construction […]

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India Art Fair 2020

Friday, February 7th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Seen one art fair, seen ‘em all? Not when it’s the India Art Fair in New Delhi. Like everything else on the subcontinent the premier commercial art event is very different in character to the fairs one sees in Europe or America, or even Hong Kong. This is largely because of its proudly provincial stance. […]

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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 […]

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Keith Haring Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some artists are shooting stars, others get their names carved into the annals of art history. The trick is to distinguish one from the other. Disgusted by the rampant commercialism of the New York art scene of the 1980s, Robert Hughes wrote a mock-epic poem, The SoHoiad, in which included throwaway references to “Keith Boring” […]

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Singapore Biennale 2019

Thursday, December 12th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Irony is not a concept one associates with Singapore but when the theme of the Biennale is: “Every step in the right direction” it implies a sense of conformity that would have delighted Lee Kuan Yew. Needless to say this is entirely contrary to what Artistic Director, Patrick Flores, had in mind. The subtitle is […]