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John Clarke, We Need You More Than Ever

John Clarke, We Need You More Than Ever

W H Chong April 11, 2017

Kind, dry and cheerful, John Clarke was a comic genius "interested in everything, but nothing else."

Nine Powerpoints on John Berger

Nine Powerpoints on John Berger

W H Chong January 9, 2017 2 Comments

John Berger (1926-2017) was one of the most influential critics of the last fifty years, extracting radical content from tradition.

Purple Reign

Purple Reign

W H Chong April 22, 2016

(Never) growing up with Prince.

I.M. Malcolm Fraser, with drawings

I.M. Malcolm Fraser, with drawings

W H Chong March 20, 2015

He stood out, he stood up. He was a big man of the old school.

The Joy of Martin Sharp

The Joy of Martin Sharp

W H Chong December 2, 2013

His art made naughtiness fun, psychedelia even more psychedelic and Sydney a city of joy. (Martin Sharp 1942-2013)

It’s Velvet, Underground

It’s Velvet, Underground

W H Chong October 28, 2013 2 Comments

Why Lou Reed mattered.

C.J. Koch 1932-2013, resident genius

C.J. Koch 1932-2013, resident genius

W H Chong September 26, 2013 2 Comments

Jim Morgan remembers a friend in the literary world, the great C.J. Koch.

Laid to Rest, Seamus Heaney

Laid to Rest, Seamus Heaney

W H Chong September 2, 2013

The late great poet as a ferry. And a drawing.

Under Sondheim’s Hat (Sunday in the Park with George)

Under Sondheim’s Hat (Sunday in the Park with George)

W H Chong July 24, 2013 2 Comments

See art come to life: Victorian Opera's satisfactory rendition of a musical about art, a painter and his painting (and the difference between historical heroic individualism and contemporary collaboration).

She’s not an artist, she’s a potter! (The great Gwyn Hanssen Pigott 1935-2013)

She’s not an artist, she’s a potter! (The great Gwyn Hanssen Pigott 1935-2013)

W H Chong July 9, 2013 1 Comment

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, one of our great conjurers of calm and silence, passes away. She was a proud potter; she declined to be an "artist." ('In the West where the appreciation of pottery is a marginal activity.' Edmund de Waal)