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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Ultra Unreal

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Things have been quiet at the Museum of Contemporary Art this year, but Ultra Unreal aims at a reboot. It’s an exhibition that pushes beyond the contemporary, drawing us into virtual realms, both futuristic and animistic. These imaginary worlds have been created by new technology and populated with supernatural beings. It all sounds breathlessly exciting. […]

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The Hadley’s Art Prize 2022 & MONA

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Unlike Errol Flynn and Douglas Mawson, I’d never stayed at Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart – until it hosted an art prize. Established in 1834, Hadley’s is one of the oldest hotels in Australia, and it trades lavishly on its historical connections. There are plenty of hotels that are more up-to-date and luxurious, but not […]

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White Rabbit: I Loved You

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

Anybody who has seen the Marriage Market in Shanghai’s People Park will never imagine the Chinese as a nation of desperate romantics. Every weekend the Market is swarming with parents eager secure an advantageous match for their son or daughter. One gets the impression that marriage is primarily an economic transaction, with love being a […]

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Robert Wilson: Moving Portraits

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Germany’s all-time literary giant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, once suggested to Caspar David Friedrich he should paint landscapes that systematically depicted each type of cloud identified in a famous treatise. Friedrich, by all accounts, was horrified at the suggestion. Being atttracted by the freedom and mutability of clouds, he resisted the idea of placing them […]

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Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles, at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, is a daring but necessary exhibition for an Australian art museum. Daring, because local audiences have grown so accustomed to a diet of ‘masterpiece’ shows it’s difficult to imagine them flocking to see the work of a contemporary Japanese artist whose name will be […]

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Bundanon: Impulse to Action

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When Arthur and Yvonne Boyd gave their Shoalhaven property, Bundanon, to the nation in 1993, the federal government was reluctant to accept the gift. Rather than a valuable cultural asset it must have seemed as if the Boyds were off-loading an expensive liability in a remote location. Almost 30 years later, with funding from federal […]

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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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After The Duke

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

Everyone loves a heist movie. But from Rififi to Ocean’s Eleven, from Topkapi to Le Cercle Rouge, there’s never been a film about a major art theft quite like The Duke. Roger Michell’s comedy-drama about an eccentric working-class hero with a hyperactive social conscience, is only incidentally a crime story. Nevertheless, it tells us something […]

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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 […]

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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 […]