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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Janet Laurence: After Nature

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“What need has nature of thought, of care?” asked Confucius in the 5thC. BCE. “Plenty” is the answer he’d receive today, as we struggle with the effects of global warming, deforrestation, salination, loss of species and habitat. In the so-called ‘Anthropocene’ era nature needs all the help it can get. Having worked so dilgently to […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Quilty

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s often said that having a lot of enemies must mean you’re doing something right. Ben Quilty discovered long ago that the price of fame for an artist is the undying enmity of a large proportion of one’s peers. This hasn’t put the brakes on his glorious ascent but neither has it left him unscarred. […]

Blog

Fang Lijun: Facial Recognition

Friday, March 8th, 2019 Blog,

A shaven head sends a message but it’s an ambiguous one. The shaven heads of prisoners or monks tell us they belong to an order of humanity removed from the social mainstream. The shaven head of a soldier, a footballer, or indeed a football hooligan, is a badge of aggressive intent. When a businessman shaves […]

Good Weekend Art Column

David Griggs – Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: David Griggs Lives: Woolloomoloo, Sydney; Manilla, Philippines Age:43 Represented by:Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 9 Soudan Lane, Paddington, Sydney (Station Gallery, 9 Ellis St. South Yarra, Melbourne) His thing. Brash, grotesque paintings in brilliant colour, with imagery drawn from religion and popular culture. Our take.David Griggs was born in Sydney but has spent many years living in […]

Art Essays

Kushana Bush – Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Saturday, January 26th, 2019 Art Essays, Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Kushana Bush Lives: Dunedin, New Zealand Age:35 Represented by:Darren Knight Gallery, 840 Elizabeth St. Waterloo, Sydney (no Melbourne representation) Her thing. Small, exquisite paintings that echo Mugal miniatures, but with contemporary themes. Our take.Kushana Bush’s paintings can’t be fully appreciated with a quick glance. Like the Mugal miniatures they resemble, her gouaches are packed with […]

Art Essays

Clara Adolphs – Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 Art Essays, Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Clara Adolphs Lives: Bundanoon, NSW Age:33 Represented by:Lindberg Galleries, 1270A High St. Armadale, Melbourne (Chalk Horse, 301A, Level 3/77-83 William St. Darlinghurst, Sydney; Edwina Corlette Gallery, 2/555 Brunswick St. New Farm, Brisbane). Her thing. Oil paintings based on found photographs that tap into our own memories and experiences. Our take.Clara Adolphs is not the first […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Friday, December 14th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s been 25 years since Brisbane staged its first-ever Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. It was a bold experiment at the time – and it paid dividends, helping to put the Queensland Art Gallery on the international art map. Everyone who felt the need to keep in touch with the latest developments in contemporary […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Watters Gallery: Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It was a typically understated opening night at Watters Gallery last week for Tony Tuckson 1921-1973, Figurative Paintings and Preoccupations. If the atmosphere was a little sombre it was because this was the last hurrah for a Sydney institution and icon. After 54 years Watters is closing, and none of the visitors on that final […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Bangkok Art Biennale

Friday, October 26th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Follow your bliss” was the signature pronouncement of Joseph Campbell, an American writer on comparative mythology who became a guru for many of his readers. Campbell took the idea from the Indian holy books, the Upanishads, in which the Sanskrit word for “bliss” is “ananda”. It may be pure coincidence that the inaugural Bangkok Art […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

White Rabbit: Supernatural

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

At a time when the United Nations has just issued an alarming report about the impact of climate change a new show at the White Rabbit Gallery looks at the transformations of nature in contemporary Chinese art. It’s a subject that took a radical turn when the Communist Party came to power in 1949. Prior […]