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Life December 15, 2018
Lessons from manual labour
Subsistence labour in a small village in Slovakia teaches a valuable lesson about the relationship between time and work.
Art February 10, 2018
Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age
At an exhibition of the Rijksmuseum’s Dutch masters, the viewer is captivated by the care and penetration in the work of Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals.
Life July 28, 2018
A village in Europe
A sabbatical to visit relatives in Eastern Europe brings a chance to discover the language of a small village.
Art December 09, 2017
Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images
The techno-fascism of Nazi Germany and the West’s postwar mass consumerism have been the subject of painter Gerhard Richter’s decades-long career, whether in photorealism or abstraction.
Art November 04, 2017
Mika Rottenberg and Anri Sala
Two works – a video installation by Mika Rottenberg in Melbourne and a site-specific work in Sydney by Anri Sala – show how incongruous imagery can reveal the absurdity of the forces to which we unthinkingly submit.
Art September 23, 2017
Rover Thomas at Sydney Contemporary
At Sydney Contemporary, the commercial realities of the art fair dissolve as he apprehends the elemental power of Rover (Julama) Thomas’s works.
Art August 18, 2017
Tony Tuckson’s abstract expressionism
An exhibition of Tony Tuckson’s works on paper reveals an artist whose paintings did not so much respond to the world as express it.
Art July 28, 2017
Jenny Watson’s ‘The Fabric of Fantasy’
Jenny Watson’s assured handling of paint, and the worlds hidden beneath it, as well as her exploration of feminism and psychoanalysis, make her a vital Australian artist.
Art July 01, 2017
A Working Model of the World
An eclectic collection at UNSW Galleries explores human interaction with working models, as they straddle the divide between the imagined and the functional.
Art May 06, 2017
The Art Gallery of SA’s crowded rooms of images and sculptures overwhelm the opportunity of its Versus Rodin exhibition to pit contemporary artists against the figurative master.
Art March 25, 2017
Visions of Utopia and Superposition of three types
Two exhibitions of utopian abstraction enable comparison of pure ideological approaches with something gentler. The latter is more satisfying.
Art February 18, 2017
Richard Long, Vernon Ah Kee and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Amid a deluge of data, land and lore tell a compelling story of the actual over the virtual world.