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Sydney Morning Herald Column

Whistler's Mother

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In the recent Head On photo festival, one memorable picture showed a side-on view of a dominatrix in a shiny black jump suit sitting in a curved chair. On the grey wall behind the sitter was a framed photo of a muscle-man’s torso covered in leather straps. It was Whistler’s Mother for bondage fiends and […]

Art Essays

The Portia Geach Memorial Award

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 Art Essays, Australian Art, General Art Essays, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

One of the small paradoxes of colonial Australian art is the question as to why there were so few notable female artists at a time when women art students continually outnumbered their male counterparts. Looking at photos of the graduating classes of the National Gallery of Victoria School in the late 1800s, there is always […]

Art Essays

Lucian Freud 1922 – 2011

Sunday, July 31st, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

With the passing of Lucian Freud, British art has lost not only one of its great painters, but a legendary conversationalist. Perhaps it was a skill acquired while staring at people for hours in the studio, deciding whether or not to put a microscopic dab of paint on the end of a nose. Freud’s anecdotes, […]

Art Essays

Ildiko Kovacs / Simone Fraser

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

May is becoming a crowded month, with works for the Head On Photo Festival being shown in more than 80 venues across the city. In addition there is a new round of exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, and also a touch of musical chairs. Sullivan and Stumpf relocated to a spacious new venue […]

Art Essays

The 2011 Archibald Prize

Saturday, April 16th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s appropriate the Archibald Prize should coincide with Easter, because the Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW have repented of their sins of last year and asked to be forgiven. Not in so many words, of course. They have simply chosen a better, more credible exhibition and tried to put the horrors of 2010 […]

Art Essays

Pride and Passion

Saturday, March 19th, 2011 Australian Art,

Photographic Portraits of Fairfield by Danny Huynh Multiculturalism isn’t folk dancing, it’s the stoning of adulterers. Anthony Daniels. ‘Multiculturalism’ is one of the most contested terms in our modern liberal democracy. For some commentators it represents a sentimental dream of folk dances, national costumes and ethnic cuisine. Others see it as a mask for religious […]

Art Essays

Man With a Blue Scarf

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 Book Reviews, International Art,

Man With a Blue Scarf On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud By Martin Gayford In 1980 James Lord published a slender book called A Giacometti Portrait. It detailed his experience of sitting for a portrait by Alberto Giacometti, whose biography he would write five years later. The book struck a chord with readers […]

Art Essays

Pride and Passion – Photographic Portraits of Fairfield by Danny Huynh

Monday, March 19th, 2001 Australian Art,

Multiculturalism isn’t folk dancing, it’s the stoning of adulterers. Anthony Daniels. ‘Multiculturalism’ is one of the most contested terms in our modern liberal democracy. For some commentators it represents a sentimental dream of folk dances, national costumes and ethnic cuisine. Others see it as a mask for religious extremism and intolerance, age-old vendettas, and barbaric […]