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Sydney Morning Herald Column

White Rabbit: I Loved You

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Anybody who has seen the Marriage Market in Shanghai’s People Park will never imagine the Chinese as a nation of desperate romantics. Every weekend the Market is swarming with parents eager secure an advantageous match for their son or daughter. One gets the impression that marriage is primarily an economic transaction, with love being a […]

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Shakespeare to Winehouse

Saturday, May 14th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Shakespeare to Winehouse may not be the most important show ever held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, but I can’t think of a bigger one. The most surprising thing about this collection of more than 80 works, drawn from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London, is how long it has taken […]

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William Yang: Seeing & Being Seen

Monday, April 5th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

William Yang is a Sydney institution but a Queenslander born and bred. Last week he was reclaimed by his state of origin for a retrospective at the Queensland Art Gallery that allows us to read one artist’s career as a tale of social evolution. Even allowing for the wrong turnings of the present day, over […]

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Bill Henson

Saturday, March 13th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A new exhibition by Bill Henson is always an event – an eruption of the extraordinary into the fabric of everyday life. That hyper-productive philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, suggests that for most people the fundamental earth-shattering event is falling in love. Why would we describe this process as a “fall” if it wasn’t in some way […]

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Thresholds

Friday, February 19th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Thresholds is the very model of an underground art exhibition. Between 2016-19 Julia Davis and Lisa Jones explored the subterranean spaces near St. James Station, taking photographs, shooting video and making unconventional large-scale drawings. The results of their investigations are displayed at the Tin Sheds Gallery,  Sydney University. There’s an intrinsic fascination in such a […]

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Michael Zavros, Gunybi Ganambarr, Li Jin

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Michael Zavros is a very 21st century artist. Known for a fastidious, hyperreal style of painting and a preoccupation with fashion and luxury goods, he would have been anathema in those days when the avant-garde strove to make art that was not a marketable commodity. Marketability is Zavros’s great and abiding theme, although he comes […]

Good Weekend Art Column

Lisa Reihana – Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Good Weekend Art Column,

Artist: Lisa Reihana Lives: Freeman’s Bay, Auckland, New Zealand Age: 55 Represented by: Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert (No Melbourne representation) Her thing: Dramatic, editioned photos derived from a large-scale 3D immersive film. Our take. Lisa Reihana has been making theatrical, multi-media works on Pacific themes for decades, but after her large-scale video projection, in Pursuit of […]

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Koo Bohnchang

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“In matters of art,” wrote the erudite poet, Paul Valéry, “erudition is a sort of defeat.” The argument is that the freshness of first perceptions may be destroyed by specialised knowledge. Imagine, for example, an expert on ceramics standing in front of a great piece of pottery. There are questions about where and when the […]

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Shadow catchers

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In Adelbert von Chamisso’s gothic tale, Peter Schlemihl, the hero sells his shadow to the devil in exchange for a purse perpetually filled with gold, but all the wealth in the world is not enough to compensate for the horror he inspires when his lack of a shadow is noticed. For “shadow” we might read […]

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David Goldblatt: Photography & Truth

Friday, August 9th, 2019 Blog,

David Goldblatt will always be known as the photographer who exposed the evils of Apartheid to the world, but to characterise him as a ‘political’ artist is to diminish the breadth of his achievements. This is something Goldblatt has in common with all great photographers who have found their subjects in war, poverty, hatred and […]