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Gbinglo, by Cyprien Tokoudagba

Ray Hughes: Africa

July 15, 2017

There is still some dispute about the importance of Jean-Hubert Martin’s 1989 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Magiciens de la terre, which laid down an historic challenge to the Eurocentrism of western art museums. For former art dealer, Ray Hughes, there is no dispute whatsoever. It was a game-changer. Hughes acquired his first African artefacts … More

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Margaret Preston, Implement blue (1927)

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

July 7, 2017

There are exhibitions that sound marvellous in theory but somehow fail to measure up when they make it to the gallery walls. O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism at the Art Gallery of NSW is an almost perfect example. As one of those projects that puts Australian artists on equal terms with a better known … More

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Kader Attia, watching heads from J'Accuse (2016)

Kader Attia

July 1, 2017

If ever an artist were attuned to the temper of our times it is Kader Attia (b.1970). Following a successful showing in Documenta 13 in 2012, this French-Algerian creator of multimedia installations and videos has since become one of the most sought-after artists in the world. The piece that made such a powerful impression was … More

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The title of Art Basel's special installations section said it all...

Art Basel 2017 & Documenta 14

June 22, 2017

Contemporary art can be a punishing obsession for its true believers but rarely do the art die-hards get the chance to attend four major events during a single visit to Europe. The Venice Biennale, which has been running since the second week in May, has now been joined by a uniquely bifurcated version of Documenta, … More

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Last day at Stills. 4th, 5th & 6th from the left: Sandy Edwards, Kathy Freedman, Bronwyn Rennex

Farewell Stills

July 15, 2017

Twenty-six years is a long time to be running a commercial gallery, let alone a gallery specialising in photography. When Kathy Freedman and her partners close Stills Gallery in mid-July, it will spell the end of a long adventure in convincing Sydney audiences that photography is art. Stills began life in a Paddington terrace house … More

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Wendy Loefer, Last Light, from the sequence, Elsewhere (2015-17)

Wendy Loefler 1950-2017

July 7, 2017

In the weeks leading up to her exhibition at Australian Galleries in Melbourne, Wendy Loefler emailed me about the work she had been doing over the past two years. “It’s fairly unusual and considerably more ambitious than my usual fare. I’m making one continuous immersive desert landscape in the round, on twelve abutting large canvasses.” … More

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Tracey Moffatt, from the series, Body Remembers (2017)

Tracey in Venice

May 13, 2017

Success at the Venice Biennale, the world’s biggest, most prestigious art event, may be measured in many different ways. One is the length of the queue that extends from the doorway of a national paviliion, making viewers wonder if they can bear to waste an hour standing in the sun. But hey, if so many … More

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Picture by Nic Walker

Danny Goldberg …or the perils of philanthropy

May 5, 2017

Danny Goldberg is the only Australian to appear in Artnews’s annual list of the world’s top 200 collectors of contemporary art. His modern harbourside home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is crowded with works by figures such as David Hammons, Rudolf Stingel, Urs Fischer, Danh Vo, and other high-priced superstars you’ve probably never heard of. The … More

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