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A Beach Boy and the Mystery of Art

The excellent ‘Love and Mercy’, not only offers the story of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, it wonders about the mystery of art, and why we need, and do, it.

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Summer Art Shortlist

Diligently enjoying the holidays I neglected posting. Here’s my summer art recommendations while the year is still half in bed and the roads are loose. Cartoons Are Us David Shrigley : Life and Life Drawing at NGV St Kilda Rd till Mar 15 Mambo: 30 years of shelf indulgence at NGV Fed Sq till Feb [...]

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“Tim’s Vermeer”: Geeks, Technology and the Meaning of Art

Can a millionaire technogeek with a Vermeer-obsession learn to paint like the master and make art? An email exchange between a painter, a musician and a blogger…

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The Great Gatsby and All That Bazz

Nick Carraway found Jay Gatsby admirable, but he was starting from a low base. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money … and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

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Eye Spy: visual art round up

The Colin Laverty collection auction; catch Jeffrey Smart; Fred Williams in bloom; Cloud Atlas enjoyed.

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Screwed-ball comedy: Silver Linings Playbook

Like it: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper burn a fuse together.

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Revenge movies Tarantino should make (and why I won’t be seeing ‘Django Unchained’)

Of: Tarantino’s righteous violence … The use of the N-word: reggiN, reggiN, reggiN! So there! … And why, in a revenge fantasy, villains never suffer realistically.

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Matrix Sister: Post-Bro Wachowski’s revelatory speech

The video: Lana Wachowski’s funny, tender, moving speech on her transgender journey. November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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“Hail”: not your usual visionary cinematic masterpiece

“Hail”: visionary cinema in an Australian accent; and about “Argo”

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A cat in Japan, a volcano in Iceland, the power of art

The first time I saw Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, or Sunless, I nearly threw up. Marker passed away on his 91st birthday on 29 July 2012. “His death was announced by the French Culture Ministry.” (Imagine: “The death of artist Adam Cullen was announced by the Australian Ministry of Culture.”) Is it …? … yes, [...]

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