Tag: International Art


Bob Edwards: A Eulogy

Friday, June 16th, 2023 Blog,

Bob Edwards once asked me if I’d like to be director of a wellknown art institution. I said “No”, and have no regrets, but if I had wanted the job, I know he would have worked behind the scenes to make it a reality. He did this – discreetly – for others whom he had […]

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The Return of Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Roll the clock back four years to 2019. In Hong Kong, Art Basel was consolidating the island’s reputation as the heart of the international art market in Asia. The gargantuan West Kowloon Cultural District was starting to emerge but was still largely a building site. The world’s leading commercial galleries were opening branches, hoping to […]

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Art Dubai 2023

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Introducing the 16th edition of Art Dubai, Artistic Director, Pablo del Val, spoke about an art fair dedicated to ‘the Global South’. This new-old concept term has been around for decades but has gained momentum recently, as a way of dividing the developing world from its developed counterpart. At first, I thought this was a […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some people say not to worry about the air Some people never had experience with… air                                                       Talking Heads   Science tells us the average human being takes in 360 litres of air per hour. That sounds like a lot, but we do it without even noticing. It’s only when we have trouble breathing or […]

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2022 and Beyond

Monday, January 2nd, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There’s been plenty to think about in 2022, including war in the Ukraine, a looming global recession and floods along the north coast, but if one had to nominate Australia’s most momentous event of the year it would have to be the change of government. Whether this was equally momentous for the visual arts remains […]

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Sydney Modern Opens at Last

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

According to Premier, Dominic Perrottet, Sydney’s newest cultural attraction is set to be not only the greatest gallery in Australia, but the greatest in the world. Forget about the Louvre, the Met or the Prado, here’s Sydney Modern! This informed and thoughtful opinion was largely echoed by the other speakers at the media preview, with […]

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Bangkok Art Biennale 2022

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

During the pandemic most of the world’s major art events were put on ice, but this was not the case for the youthful Bangkok Art Biennale. Unwilling to lose momentum after a successful debut in 2018, the organisers hosted a huge international exhibition in 2020 that was seen only by local audiences. This year, the […]

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Singapore Biennale 2022

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A town called Alice, a fish named Wanda, a hurricane known as Ian, and now, a Biennale that answers to the name, Natasha. I originally thought this was a unique example of Singaporean humour, but because only one of the four curators of the seventh Biennale of Singapore is a local, that thesis is not […]

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Saturday, October 1st, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

After He created heaven and earth, the next item on God’s list was light. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Just like flicking a switch. All artists love to play God, and light is their most fundamental concern. Not only is it hard to make art in the dark, light […]

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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 […]