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Tag: international artist

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Cindy Sherman

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Some leading artists come across as would-be pop stars or super salesmen. There are those like Marina Abramovic, who are charm personified; others, such as Matthew Barney, immersed in their work to the point of distraction. Cindy Sherman is a study in normality. Small of stature, still fresh-faced at 62, put her in a group […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Whistler's Mother

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In the recent Head On photo festival, one memorable picture showed a side-on view of a dominatrix in a shiny black jump suit sitting in a curved chair. On the grey wall behind the sitter was a framed photo of a muscle-man’s torso covered in leather straps. It was Whistler’s Mother for bondage fiends and […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Marina Abramovic: Private Archaeology

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

David Walsh never does anything by halves at his Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Within a few years he has transformed Hobart into one of the most desirable cultural tourist destinations in Australia – or just off the coast of Australia, if you take the Tasmanian perspective. The Dark Mofo Festival has drawn […]

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James Turrell: A Retrospective

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Light is the crucial element for almost every great painter, from Caravaggio to Turner to Monet. Manipulating paint on canvas to convincingly reproduce the effects of sunshine or darkness is a skill that separates the master from the amateur. In Australian art one thinks of the blaze of light in Streeton’s early paintings, or the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Yang Fudong: Filmscapes

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Australian public galleries had to work hard to attract audiences last year, but in 2015 the degree of difficulty will crank up a few more notches. In such a climate institutions feel pressured to take a more populist approach – preferring shows that will appeal to a non-specialist audience over displays perceived as difficult or […]