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Tag: Pop Art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

El Anatsui

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

El Anatsui makes one feel there might actually be some substance in the talk of a globalised art world. The idea that artists from places other than Europe and America can be players on the contemporary scene has been around ever since Jean-Hubert Martin’s landmark exhibition, Magiciens de la Terre, held at the Centre Pompidou […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There are ideas for exhibitions that make luminous sense – once somebody has announced them. Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery of Victoria set off bells and whistles in my head when curator, Max Delaney, told me about it last year. It’s such an obvious match it seems remarkable someone in Europe […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Pop to Popism

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, big business…” all these terms were part of the definition of Pop Art put forward by British artist, Richard Hamilton, in 1957. The manifesto preceded the movement, as the term “Pop Art” wasn’t in general usage until the 1960s. There is no agreement about who invented the name or when the […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Bill Brown

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Many years ago, when I was still a baby art critic, I remember Bill Brown at a party bawling drunkenly that he was the best painter in Australia. Having never seen his work I was in no position to argue. Shortly afterwards, Brown had a solo exhibition at the old Macquarie Galleries. If he was […]

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Martin Sharp 1942-2013

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Blog,

When the word Eternity was emblazoned on the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the turn of the new millennium, it served to remind Australians of the remarkable talents of Martin Sharp. This famous piece of graffiti was the trademark of the religious eccentric, Arthur Stace, who spent almost 30 years chalking it onto walls and streets, […]

Art Essays

Andy Warhol

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 International Art,

What happens when art history has run its course? What happens when every last innovation has been tried and tried again? One answer is that the business of art becomes the art of business. This distinction was pioneered by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), who was talking about “business art” in the 1970s – a decade in […]