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Guy Warren, Bathers (2), 1957

Guy Warren

April 29, 2016

Guy Warren is the best proof that a positive attitude is the secret of eternal youth. Having just turned 95, Warren seems as vital as ever. I’ve known him for about 30 years and he hardly seems to have changed. He’s still painting and drawing, still driving, still alert and articulate. He’s one of those … More

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YAO Jui-chung, Yao's Journey to Australia. 2015, biro, blue ink with gold leaf on India handmade paper, 195 x 539 cm.

Ink Remix & Mikhael Subotzky

April 22, 2016

Mention Chinese art and most people think of brush-and-ink painting, a medium that has been around for at least 2,000 years. The image that springs to mind is of a craggy mountain with a sprinkling of equally contorted trees. The scene may be wreathed in mist, with a tiny sage perched on a ledge. In … More

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William Yaxley, 'Listening to the Rolling Stones (Yeppoon)',1986, oil on composition board, 63.5 x 64 cm, University of Queensland, purchased 2011

William Yaxley & Edwin Wilson

April 14, 2016

This job entails constant requests to open exhibitions but most are politely declined. So it was rare for me, last week, to undertake openings on successive nights in two different parts of the country. The first was a survey by Edwin Wilson at that proudly unfashionable venue, the Royal Art Society, Lavender Bay. The second … More

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'I Fink U Freeky' by Die Antwoord (still)

Roger Ballen

April 7, 2016

In the earliest maps of the world cartographers would fill the gaps in their knowledge with pictures of men with their faces in their chests, or a creature using one gigantic foot as an umbrella. An inscription would read: “Here be monsters”. This could serve as the title of any exhibition by Roger Ballen, although … More

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In one image, the model drinks from an ancient gold cup. Photo: Bill Henson

Bill Henson: Oneiroi

April 8, 2016

Bill Henson has good reason to reflect on the differences between ourselves and the ancient Greeks. In a culture in which sexual relationships between men and boys were accepted as a normal rite of passage, it would have been unthinkable to vilify an artist for merely portraying the nude bodies of teenagers. In his new … More

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Lee Mingwei, Guernica in Sand, 2006/2015, mixed-media interactive installation; sand, wooden island, lighting, 1300 x 643 cm. Courtesy of JUT Museum Pre-Opening Office, Taipei. Photograph: Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Biennale of Sydney: First Impressions

March 23, 2016

If the previous Biennale of Sydney gave the impression that artists were selected almost at random, the latest incarnation of Australia’s premier international art exhibition sends out the contrary message. Director, Stephanie Rosenthal, has so many reasons for every part of this show that one is left reeling. The theme this year is The future … More

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The former entry reimagined, now hosting the Wild Planet exhibition. Photo Stuart Humphreys

Kim McKay

March 11, 2016

Nobody seems to have told Kim McKay that the casting for the new Wonder Woman movie is over. In less than two years at the helm of the Australian Museum she has built a new entrance for $4 million, completely rehung the galleries devoted to natural history and indigenous Australia, dropped entrance charges for children, … More

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Lunch with El Anatsui at the Old Clare Hotel

El Anatsui non-lunch

February 4, 2016

For an artist acclaimed as a ground-breaking pioneer for an entire continent, El Anatsui is amazingly laid-back. It may be because international fame and fortune didn’t arrive until 2004, when he was already 60 years old. It may be because he hails from a part of the world in which time is not always snapping … More

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