January, 2018

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Is Gerhard Richter the world’s greatest living artist?

, Jan 11, 2018

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Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art survey show goes a long way to answering the question.
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Hobart: It’s DARK, it’s MOFO

, Jun 16, 2017

It's winter in Tasmania and the harvest is performance art garnished with Goth.
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Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

, Sep 11, 2015

Self-exposing imagery — it's everywhere! But see how an artist makes nakedness beautiful inside and out. Plus, an instant beach classic.
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Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015

, Aug 28, 2015

Slow down in Ballarat, to a 60th of a second. The Foto Biennale is back, stopping time across the world.
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Double Trouble: Photos To Make You Look Twice

, Aug 07, 2015

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale opens in two weeks. Meanwhile here's a show that uses photography in an unorthodox way to very unusual effect.
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Wishing you a Cherry Mishmash!

, Dec 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and a happy 2013, from all of me at Culture Mulcher. See you in 2013 xox
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Better than Paradise: Coolangatta Gold

, Dec 14, 2012

The pleasures of a surfing town. In Coolangatta on the Gold Coast, the diamonds are scattered out to sea.
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Postcard from Surfers

, Dec 06, 2012

Hi-rise in Paradise: In the built environment of Surfers
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Phoney Friends

, Nov 12, 2012

The image: Post-phoning the dinner conversation.
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Gregory Crewdson and the innocence of photographers

, Nov 01, 2012

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The images: Gregory Crewdson, Gustave Courbet, Jeff Wall and Hokusai -- searching for "a perfect moment."
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In Unenglish Country Gardens

, Oct 23, 2012

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A tour of four Victorian country gardens: a heavenly season of dry plantings, dams and spring blossoms.
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One Sick Puppy

, Aug 24, 2012

Diagnosis: Infected right eye (Vet: “Puppies can pick up anything.”) FILE UNDER: picture album / new dog / oddities Toy poodle, black 14 weeks old 2.4 kg Name: Mighty Baxter (aka Houdini, aka Antoine Batiste, terms of endearment: Poveretto, Piccirillo) Traits: Cheerful, playful, willful, needy, grubby, but not greedy Loves: Chewing/nibbling/tearing — paper, cardboard, cloth; […]
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Food (Elements of Roman Style: III)

, Nov 10, 2011

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And so to table. One thing I recalled from our last visit to Italy was the restraint shown with alcohol. You seldom saw a local have more than a glass or maybe two at dinner. Very civilised. This despite the vino de casa usually being light and easy. But today we are here for the […]
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The Look (Elements of Roman Style: I)

, Nov 07, 2011

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Holiday Notebook: When in Rome, check out what the Romans do. It’s hard to dispute that a noticeably high percentage of locals carry off that hard to pin down quality we call Style. Tuesday at Rosati: Espresso at Cafe Rosati in the Piazza del Popolo. (QUite likely the original of the old wannabe Rosati in […]
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Breakfast with a cop

, Oct 26, 2011

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What does a cop eat for breakfast? Vanilla rice porridge with poached quince, followed with a double-shot macchiato, chased by a single macchiato. Hard-core but nice, and now he can keep affording it. What baby cops break their fast on, I dunno — MuckMuffins? Our good cop is an older fella, into his 60s, street […]
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The most remarkable person I have ever known (Eulogy for Diana Gribble)

, Oct 07, 2011

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Diana Gribble at home, September 2011 Prefactory babble: most remarkable (The eulogy below; skip this preface as you will.) Yesterday, jangling phone, Constant Gardener saying: it’s a terrible line, ring back in five and I’ll get Chong to answer on a better connection. Seeing that I was asleep, reasonable at 7:45 am after a late […]
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Bird on a wire, duck on a chimney pot

, Sep 29, 2011

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This morning, at the quack of dawn, we heard and then saw, this bird on a pyre — a duck on our neighbour’s chimney pot. Our neighbours have form with ducks and chimneys — some years ago, the other neighbour came back from holidasy to discover a wild duck — by that time it was, […]
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Letters from Hanoi: nuptialrama

, Sep 19, 2011

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Dear D_, Our week here’s nearly gone: it’s been a moist most pleasant stay with the right proportions of gallivanting to rest: about 6 to 9 hours on the street each day. Unlike, say, KL, Hanoi is easy to gad about; apart from the mind-suspending Zen practice of crossing traffic, and the accompanying pollution, it’s […]

Letters from Hanoi: for pho’s sake

, Sep 16, 2011

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Dear D_, Travel is literally dislocating and, I find, often dashed uncomfortable. Mother, for instance, finds it hard work to sleep in hotel beds. Our friend B_  packs her pillow. And one acquaintance carries dried food as a fallback on days of especial internal delicacy. On a clear day you can see pho-ever But benign […]
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Letters from Hanoi: revolutionary Argyle

, Sep 15, 2011

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Dear D_, Did you catch my last post? It included the frivolous caption of the soldier wearing a revolutionary Argyle vest. And weaponising a bamboo garden torch. It had a fine payoff today at the Vietnam Revolution Museum where, near the end of a long circuit, the frivolity was scooped up, bundled and rubbed into […]