Tag: politics

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Art Dubai 2024

Friday, April 5th, 2024 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

For the second year in a row, I’ve come away from Art Dubai with the feeling that it’s distinctly different from every other international art fair. Even as I write, one of the biggest of all fairs is getting ready to launch. Art Basel Hong Kong remains Asia’s premier commercial art event, despite challenges from […]

Film Reviews

Io Capitano

Friday, March 22nd, 2024 Film Reviews,

Matteo Garrone’s Io Capitano is the kind of film everyone should see before making hasty statements about borders and refugees. The film begins in Dakar, Senegal, following two teenage boys who set out for a new life in Europe. Seydou (Seydou Sarr) and his cousin, Moussa (Moustapha Fall), are not victims of war or natural […]

Film Reviews

American Fiction

Friday, March 15th, 2024 Film Reviews,

It’s difficult to satirise the United States today, as reality keeps going places fiction fears to tread. Wind back the clock ten years, and nobody could have predicted the proto-fascist excesses of the Trump era, in which every form of bigotry now seems to be a vote-winner. Hardly less alarming is the collapse of so-called […]

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 […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

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 […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

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


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 […]