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Film Reviews

Isle of Dogs

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 Film Reviews,

It may be the Year of the Dog but the Japanese are definitely cat people. Until recently Fido held his own against Kitty as a domestic pet but now the cats are in the ascendency and are surging ahead. It could hardly be otherwise with the ubiquitous Maneki Neko (“Hello Kitty!”) waving its paw in […]

Art Essays

Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2012

Saturday, August 4th, 2012 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

When Japan was devastated by the Tohoku earthquake on 11 March last year, one of the casualties was a century-old farm house in the tiny community of Urada, in the mountains near Tokamachi City. Less than two years previously this building had been designated ‘Australia House’ at the 2009 Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial (ETT), serving […]

Art Essays

Kamisaka Sekka & Hiroshige

Saturday, July 21st, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Art in Japan has been through all the same upheavals as art in the west, but no other country has managed to retain so much of its own distinctive character. The defining characteristics include a respect for tradition that shines through even in a critical or satirical mode; a love of beauty and craftsmanship; and […]

Art Essays

Emily Kame Kngwarreye in Osaka

Friday, February 1st, 2008 Australian Art,

“Why is it,” asks Margo Neale, “that they call Emily the impossible modernist?’” The term assumes that an elderly Aboriginal woman who spent virtually her entire life in the central desert region, had no chance of becoming acquainted with the great icons of modern art. The underlying idea is that modernism was the invention of […]