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Sandy Rower, Calder’s grandson

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 Blog,

Sculpture just sat around waiting to be admired until Alexander Calder (1898-1976) came up with the idea of the mobile– a set of forms suspended in mid-air that move gently as viewers walk past. On the eve of the first-ever Australian exhibition of this revolutionary artist’s work at the National Gallery of Victoria, I visited […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

Friday, July 7th, 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There are exhibitions that sound marvellous in theory but somehow fail to measure up when they make it to the gallery walls. O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism at the Art Gallery of NSW is an almost perfect example. As one of those projects that puts Australian artists on equal terms with a better known […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Manifesto

Thursday, February 25th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

If we accept its Latin origins, the word “manifesto” denotes something that is obvious or clearly seen. It is, therefore, an irony that most manifestos are poetic, elliptical, idealistic, and often downright absurd. The great age of the manifesto was the first half of the twentieth century, as Modernism overturned the stale conventions of western […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Salon des Refusés 2015 & Stars + Stripes

Saturday, August 8th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Archibald season demands to be taken seriously because it’s the only time of the year most of the public feel motivated to visit the Art Gallery of NSW and associated venues. During the Archibald Prize the AGNSW is full of people – a surge in visitation that has become more crucial than ever. With both […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Robert Jacks

Saturday, November 8th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s hard to be objective about Robert Jacks who passed away in August at the untimely age of 71. Jacks once told me he couldn’t say whether his paintings were any good or not, but he always knew how to put together a good exhibition. It’s pleasing that the National Gallery of Victoria have done […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

J.W.Power Abstraction-Création Paris 1934

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Almost sixty years after his death, John Joseph Wardell Power is overdue for another look. Power is best known as the generous benefactor who provided funds for a department of art history at Sydney University and a collection that has since evolved into the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is not widely known that the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Picasso to Warhol

Saturday, September 29th, 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

Australia’s economy may be one of the most robust in the world, but our art markets, and attendances at public galleries, lag far behind Europe and the United States. It is a cultural problem: a general feeling that visual art is not an essential part of life, merely a sideline or a luxury. This is […]

Art Essays

Abstraction

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Among the unsolicited art emails that appear in my mail-box every week, one recent posting came from the Martos Gallery in New York, who were holding an exhibition called We Regret to Inform You There is Currently No Space or Place for Abstract Painting. The image that came with the email showed this sentence written […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

John Brack

Saturday, June 6th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Will Sydney ever see the best of John Brack? The National Gallery of Victoria held its first Brack retrospective in 1987. Following artist’s death in February 1999 there have been further surveys held in Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide. Exhibitions have looked at Brack’s portraits, his paintings of the nude, and his relationship with Fred Williams. […]