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Sculpture by the Sea, Denmark 2011

Friday, June 24th, 2011 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Spend a day walking around Copenhagen and it becomes apparent that the Danes are crazy about sculpture. The immaculate buildings of the ‘Golden Age’ (roughly 1800-50) are encrusted with heads, figures and other forms of sculptural decoration. There are statues galore, and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek – one of the most elegant museums in Europe […]

Art Essays

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2010

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 Australian Art, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

In one of her detective stories Dorothy Sayers wisely observes: “For some reason, the word ‘artistic’ produces the most alarming reactions in those who know anything about art.” As such, it would be inadequate and belittling to describe Sculpture by the Sea as one of Sydney’s most eagerly awaited ‘artistic’ events. This annual sculpture-fest is an […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Tom Bass Sculpture by the Sea

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Last week the Australia Council revealed the startling statistic that “over 16 million Australians are actively participating in the arts.” According to a recent survey, 22 percent of the population is engaged in making art or craft, while 900,000 people are writing poems. At this point, you may be wondering why our public sphere does […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sculpture by the Sea & The Miniature Show

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Sculpture by the Sea is thirteen years old and – judging by its current incarnation – still in the throes of puberty. Aside from long-running institutions such as the Archibald, or the Mosman Art Prize, most annual competitions and group exhibitions never last for a decade. The most dramatic example must be the one-and-only Melbourne […]

Art Essays

Sculpture By the Sea in Denmark

Saturday, August 1st, 2009 Australian Art, International Art,

There was considerable trepidation leading up to the international launch of Sculpture by Sea in the Danish city of Aarhus. This prodigiously popular show, which has occupied the Sydney heads, from Bondi to Tamarama every year since 1997, had never previously been seen outside of Australia. Although the exhibitions at Bondi, and more recently at […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Sculpture by the Sea in Denmark

Saturday, June 13th, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Denmark is a glorious place on a sunny day, and the week leading up to the Sculpture by the Sea launch in Aarhus was especially pleasant. Alas, by the day of the media preview, Thor, the ancient God of thunder, finally lost patience with the protracted installation process. While a large part of the Australian […]