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Tag: Queensland Art Gallery

Art Essays

Portrait of Spain

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Over the years one grows wary of the claims made for so-called ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions. Each new show is the biggest, the best, the first, the most important. It is, therefore, a pleasure to see an exhibition that lives up to its pre-publicity. None of the 100 works borrowed for Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the […]

Art Essays

Modern Woman

Saturday, April 21st, 2012 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Rather like its subject, Modern Woman is one of those exhibitions that must be approached with no fixed expectations, for it has the capacity to instill both disappointment and delight. Any event that includes names such as Degas, Bonnard, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, Millet, Rodin, Vuillard and Toulouse-Lautrec, would seem to have ‘blockbuster’ written all over […]

Art Essays

Thomas Demand, Gonkar Gyatso

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There have been 24 previous Kaldor Public Art Projects in Sydney, but never anything so cool and oblique as Thomas Demand’s The Dailies 2012. The work is not installed in a gallery, but in the Commercial Travellers’ Association Club, in the MLC Centre, just off Martin Place. The unconventional venue is an essential part of […]

Art Essays

Goodbye Margaret, hello Brisbane

Sunday, July 31st, 2011 Australian Art, Blog,

There are a number of phone calls that I dread, although they are inevitable. One arrived last Wednesday when the SMH Arts Editor, Clare Morgan, rang to tell me that Margaret Olley had died. Margaret has been a fixture on the Australian art scene since the 1940s, and it would be difficult to think of […]

Art Essays

Ethel Carrick & E. Phillips Fox

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 Australian Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Words such as “delightful” do not play much of a role in this column, but if ever there were an occasion for such a lapse, it would be Art, Love & Life: Ethel Carrick & E. Phillips Fox, at the Queensland Art Gallery. The Foxes were a successful partnership, both as man and wife, and […]

Art Essays

21st Century

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In 1942 Peggy Guggenheim opened her Art of this Century gallery in New York, designed by the Austrian architect, Frederick Kiesler. The gallery’s Abstract Room featured paintings suspended in mid-air. A Surrealist Room had concave walls, from which pictures were cantilevered on wooden joints made from sawn-off baseball bats. In a Kinetic Room the viewer […]

Art Essays

Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Philosophers should make a comprehensive study of  Valentino Garavani, because if he isn’t a genuinely happy man this proves human happiness is an unobtainable ideal. The great couturier retired in 2008 at the peak of his fame, adored by the world’s most glamorous and influential people. His life-style, as revealed in Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, Valentino: […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Hats and James Fardoulys

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Lewis Carroll cannot take complete credit for the expression: “as mad as a hatter”. Even before he created the most famous tea party in world literature, hatters had quite a reputation. The mercury compounds used in 19th century hat making induced a range of symptoms including trembling fits and mood swings. It is unlikely that […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Saturday, December 12th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

Has it been fifteen years already? In its sixth installment the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery shows no signs of settling into a predictable pattern. On the contrary: the APT is the most dynamic contemporary art exhibition in Australia and quite possibly the world. It may not be the biggest of shows, […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

American Impressionism and Realism

Saturday, July 25th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“Balzac had described many cities,” wrote Henry James in his late novel, The Ambassadors, “but he had not described Woollett, Massachusetts.” Neither did Balzac get around to describing Brisbane, although to be fair, there was not much to describe in his day. “Woollett”, for James, was a bastion of New World earnestness, industry and ambition. […]