Versus Rodin

Patrick Hartigan
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.

Artist Emily Floyd and her Icelandic Puffins

Romy Ash
Whether using toy-like puffins to explore the global financial crisis or woodcut typefaces to examine feminist theory, Emily Floyd’s art is grounded in deep thinking and subtle references.

Visions of Utopia and Superposition of three types

Patrick Hartigan
Two exhibitions of utopian abstraction enable comparison of pure ideological approaches with something gentler. The latter is more satisfying.

Richard Long, Vernon Ah Kee and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Patrick Hartigan
Amid a deluge of data, land and lore tell a compelling story of the actual over the virtual world.
Patrick Hartigan
An AGNSW exhibition of iconic nudes on loan from Tate Britain pays homage to our fascination with the human form.

National Art School head Michael Lynch calls for support

Joyce Morgan
It has been the training ground for some of Australia’s best-known artists but now the National Art School is on a knife edge as its interim administrator fights to secure its future.

MONA’s ‘On the Origin of Art’

Patrick Hartigan
MONA’s On the Origin of Art features curation by a cognitive scientist, a professor of literature, a psychologist and an evolutionary neurobiologist.
Patrick Hartigan
Edgar Degas’ early emphasis on the line in masterful renditions of nudes, dancers and horses gave way as his sight faltered, leading to his most interesting paintings.

Nicholas Mangan’s ‘Limits to Growth’

Patrick Hartigan
Nicholas Mangan explores the tension between capital and dwindling natural resources, and how they come together in the grim story of asylum seekers held on Nauru.
Patrick Hartigan
Diane Arbus’s intimate portraits are the work of a transgressive artist seeking to portray the almost invisible human truth.

Francesco Clemente’s Encampment at Carriageworks

Miriam Cosic
The spiritual and political world views of Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente.

Grim picture for visual artists and Sydney art colleges

Joyce Morgan
Visual arts education is under siege as plans to merge Sydney colleges spark accusations economic rationalism is triumphing over creative endeavour.

Tang: Treasures from the Silk Road capital

Patrick Hartigan
An exhibition of Tang dynasty art and objects shows how possessions – even in death – signified power.

Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins, from Joy Division to Happy Mondays

Anwen Crawford
His photographs helped shape rock mythology. Now Kevin Cummins’ iconic shots are gracing Vivid.

Arts companies hit hard by Australia Council funding cuts

Steve Dow
The Australia Council’s latest funding cuts have further devastated arts companies.
Richard Cooke
Photographer Roger Ballen’s darkly theatrical depictions of Johannesburg’s marginalised white poor reflect a universal helplessness.

The 20th Sydney Biennale

Patrick Hartigan
Stephanie Rosenthal's sprawling 20th Biennale of Sydney references Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

Jacques Stella masterpiece discovered in Melbourne

Luke Slattery
A Baroque painting by a French master has hidden in plain sight for more than 160 years, in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Lloyd Rees drawings at the Museum of Sydney

Patrick Hartigan
Lloyd Rees’s works remind that drawing is an expression of connectedness to our surroundings.

Sydney Biennale artistic director Stephanie Rosenthal

Ceridwen Dovey
Acclaimed curator Stephanie Rosenthal takes a collaborative approach to her new role as artistic director of the Sydney Biennale.

Futurist Daniel Crooks

Kate Holden
A chat in the back shed with futurist and artist Daniel Crooks.

El Anatsui: Five Decades

Patrick Hartigan
A major show of Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui’s opulent sculptures folds and weaves scrap metals with ancient histories.

Grayson Perry's pretty art career

Miriam Cosic
Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry talks about art, religion, and how he began cross-dressing at a young age.

Grayson Perry’s ‘My Pretty Little Art Career’

Patrick Hartigan

My Pretty Little Art Career puts Grayson Perry’s life of self-examination on display, from his kinky ceramics to works angrier but no less colourful.

Susan Chenery
In honour of his disappeared father, artist Dadang Christanto holds forth the memory of Indonesia’s 1965 massacres, despite considerable personal risk.