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Life May 30, 2020
The art of seeing
For the author, the Covid-19 lockdown has allowed time to contemplate art’s ability to bring life into sharper focus, and to remember what beauty lies in simplicity and stillness.
Culture May 11, 2019
The Essential Duchamp
At the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Essential Duchamp casts the work of the iconoclastic artist Marcel Duchamp in a contemporary light.
Art July 13, 2019
Material Place and The Gas Imaginary
As mining interests continue to dominate Australia’s landscape, two exhibitions at UNSW Galleries consider humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources.
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.
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 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.
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.