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Sydney Morning Herald Column

White Rabbit: A Blueprint for Ruins

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

On a first visit to Suzhou, years ago, I was looking forward to seeing this city of historic canals and gardens. Arriving at night, I wasn’t prepared for the long approach to the CBD, down a boulevard lined with massive buildings, or the skyscrapers that dominated the skyline. I wasn’t prepared, but I should have […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Jonathan Jones & Imants Tillers

Friday, January 19th, 2024 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

  “We promised at the election that we would preserve the Wran legacy and keep the Powerhouse open. We are doing just that,” said NSW Arts Minister, John Graham, in a press release of 2 September, last year. In direct contradiction of that election promise, the Minns government is now planning to close the Powerhouse […]

Film Reviews

The Old Oak

Friday, December 8th, 2023 Film Reviews,

Ken Loach, a grammar-school boy with a law degree from Oxford, has long been British cinema’s voice of the working classes. From films such as Poor Cow (1967) and Kes (1969), to The Old Oak, Loach has delivered a consistent brand of social realism steeped in compassion and anger. At the age of 87, the […]

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Liam Young: Planetary Redesign

Saturday, September 30th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Climate anxiety is the neurosis of our age. According to a recent study, one in ten Americans report symptoms of anxiety because of global warming. For those between the ages of 16-25, the number jumps to an alarming fifty percent. In Australia, a survey of last year found that 38 percent of young people were […]

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Zoe Leonard: Al río/To the River

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Zoe Leonard’s Al río/To the River is an exhibition that will test local audiences. It’s a deeply serious, critically acclaimed project featuring many hundreds of black-and-white images, that took five years to complete. The show is accompanied by a two-volume Hatje Cantz publication, with parallel texts in English, Spanish and French, in which the artist […]

Film Reviews

Oppenheimer

Friday, July 28th, 2023 Film Reviews,

No figure stands more squarely at the crossroads of 20th century science and politics than J. Robert Oppenheimer, forever known as “father of the atomic bomb”. An epic story requires an epic film, and Christopher Nolan has given Oppenheimer the treatment he demands, in a three-hour bio pic that manages to balance a portrait of […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

proppaNOW & Tennant Creek Brio

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

With the greatest Aboriginal art it’s often the skill and refinement that’s impressive. One thinks of the hypnotic rhythms of Western Desert painting, the infinite patience with which John Mawurndjul applies thin lines of ochre to a piece of bark. There are the stories that hark back to a time of spirits and mythical beings, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Frida & Diego: Love & Revolution

Saturday, July 8th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Diego Rivera must have had extraordinary charisma. A fat man who wore his trousers Harry Highpants style, with a face regularly compared to a frog, (even by himself), Rivera was a legendary womaniser. His list of conquests included a long line of celebrated beauties – actresses, artists, writers – they all succumbed to his charm. […]

Film Reviews

Reality & Driving Madeleine

Friday, July 7th, 2023 Film Reviews,

Reality is a film that lives up to its title, with a script taken word-for-word from one woman’s experience of an actual FBI search. The protagonist is a young civil servant with the rather surreal name of Reality Winner (Sydney Sweeney) who arrives home from the supermarket to find two men waiting for her outside […]