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Sydney Morning Herald Column

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 […]

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Japan Supernatural

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Directors’ forewords in exhibition catalogues are usually perfunctory affairs but there was one line in Michael Brand’s comments in the Japan Supernatural volume that caught my eye. It was surprising to find the Art Gallery of NSW director thanking Louise Neri of Gagosian Gallery, New York, for accompanying him on a first visit to Takashi Murakami’s […]

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Cornelia Parker

Friday, November 15th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A good deal of contemporary art is wilfully opaque but the work of Cornelia Parker is distinguished by a consistent, lucid intelligence – which is not to say there aren’t plenty of puzzles. I’ve never been a fan of wall labels that explain a work but with the survey Rachel Kent has put together for […]

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Guan Wei

Friday, November 8th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

 This is Guan Wei month in Sydney, with the Museum of Contemporary Art displaying its holdings of this popular Chinese-Australian artist; the University of Western Sydney hosting an exhibition at its Parramatta South Campus, and Martin Browne Contemporary showing new work. Not many artists can say they’ve had three exhibitions running sumultaneously in the same […]

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Tarnanthi 2019

Thursday, October 24th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Since its inception in 2015, Tarnanthi has rapidly become one of this country’s essential art events. The word, in the Kaurna language of the Adelaide Plains means “to rise, come forth, spring up or appear,” but a more appropriate verb might be: “to mushroom”. The major attraction of this sprawling festival of indigenous culture is […]

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Steirischer Herbst 2019: Grand Hotel Abyss

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Welcome to the Grand Hotel Abyss. The phrase was coined in 1933 by Marxist literary critic, György Lukacs, as a put-down of another group of Marxist intellectuals – the so-called Frankfurt School, whose ranks included luminaries such as Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse and Jürgen Habermas. Lukacs argued that the Frankfurt School practised a form of […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Alicia King – Linden New Art, Melbourne

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Alicia King Lives: Kensington, Melbourne. Age: 38 Represented by: Linden New Art (no Sydney representation) Her thing: Post-human sculptural works incorporating a range of industrial and organic materials. Our take. Alicia King has titled her exhibition at Linden New Art, Our Long Conversation with the Sun. If this sounds like  a science fiction novel […]

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River on the Brink

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When your Prime-Minister is admiring a McDonalds in Ohio while other world leaders are attending a United Nations summit on climate change, it gives a pretty clear indication of the importance this government assigns to environmental policy. The PM likes to present himself as a real Aussie bloke and his solution to global warming could […]