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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Destination Sydney

Friday, January 22nd, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Destination Sydney is an inelegant title. It may be that Australian audiences only respond to the most banal and descriptive titles but that’s no reason for making shows sound like tourism initiatives. At the risk of coming across as a snob, I can only describe it as vulgar. Complaint registered, I’m happy to record that […]

Art Essays

William Kentridge: Five Themes & A Universal Archive (Parts 7-23)

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Thinking against oneself,” was a phrase used by the German philosopher, Theodor W. Adorno, whose late work was filled with melancholy reflections on the Holocaust. He was referring to the Nazis, who clung to a set of beliefs that allowed them to divide humanity up into a master race and a disposable remainder. This is […]

Art Essays

Russell Drysdale: The Drawings

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When Lou Klepac tells us that Russell Drysdale “was always reluctant to get on with painting or even drawing,” it is the merest understatement. Of all the Australian artists who have made a lasting contribution to the national culture, Drysdale was the least driven by either ambition or compulsion. This year is the hundredth anniversary […]

Art Essays

Fred Sandback; Wim Delvoye; Abstract Canvas; Philip King

Saturday, February 18th, 2012 Art Essays, Australian Art, General Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over the years Andrew Jensen has edged his way north, starting in Christchurch, moving to Wellington, on to Auckland, and last year crossing national lines and arriving in Sydney. What makes the Jensen Gallery unusual is that the exhibition program consists of 70-80 per cent international art – the kind of art we normally only […]