September, 2016

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It’s Painting, Stupid! Why Painting Will Never Die

, Sep 23, 2016

Critic and painters stouch, but people will keep on painting.
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Photography and the fascination of erotic youth (Henson, Mann, Balthus and Lewis Carroll)

, Jun 02, 2010

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Nov. 2008: left, sign in Paddington (from Bim Bam Boom). May 2010: By this Sunday Bill Henson’s current show will be done and dusted and packed away. Barely a squeak except for M. Devine’s sneery nyah nyah nyah. The pictures went through the censors so they’re all above (the classification) board anyway, no complaints entertained. […]
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From ancient Greece, a song of hope and consolation (While you live, shine…)

, May 07, 2010

The song of Seikilos is the oldest complete song – music and lyrics – in the western canon, carved in literal stone. The pillar (in Turkey, dated c.200BC–100AD)  announces itself: I am a tombstone, an icon. Seikilos placed me here as an everlasting sign of deathless remembrance. This is the melody: And the lyrics: Hoson […]
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Germaine to Aussies on the Wynne “fuss”: It’s all in your mind!

, Apr 27, 2010

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Our Germs, Germaine Greer, National Living Expat Treasure and our greatest culture critic*, has decided to join in the Wynne prize fracas (see here) in an article for the Guardian titled: “So an artist found a work on the web, copied it and won an award. Why the fuss?” (*Just last month she won that […]
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To draw is to look (kookaburras and cockatoos)

, Apr 19, 2010

We were down the coast – and the backyard of our friends’ house was hosting a weekend party of birds: comic cockatoos with sulphur crests, a pair of stern kookaburras and a pair of red parrots, curious at the fuss. It’s a challenge to sketch such fugitive subjects but the point is to observe – […]
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Wynne Prize winners 2011, 2012 and news update

, Apr 15, 2010

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. For yesterday’s Wynne prize discussion including the topics: The sound of embarrassment and protesting too much So next year it will be fine to enter these paintings. Go for it folks: My tuppence Please go here. +++ And in today’s news: Overnight: Art collectors around the world have been in near hysterics as Sothebys […]
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A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges

, Apr 14, 2010

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Pick this year’s model and the Adam Pynacker 1660 version. One is an officially sanctioned Australian landscape. . The sound of embarrassment and protesting too much Do you know the sound of embarrassment? It’s the soundtrack to this year’s art controversy. It accompanies the current comedy of the Wynne prize, which is awarded annually for […]
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Better to have hearted and lost, than never to have hearted

, Apr 07, 2010

Inserting heart into the chill of a Venn diagram: mathematical, bureaucratic Venn becomes a Zen perception; lap dances slide into overlap chances; two bright notes coalesce into one dark tone. I heart this graphic. It’s by the designer Aaron Krauss from a little corner of his website. +++ Here is a musical co-relative, Everytime We […]
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Gigantic baby and tiny dad (Ron Mueck)

, Apr 06, 2010

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. A little day music; Australia’s favourites Did anyone else listen to ABC’s Classic FM over Easter? They ran a program called First Time Classics – listeners wrote in with their stories of the music that turned them on. Yesterday the weekend “extravaganza,” came to a climax, with hosts Christopher Lawrence, a Classic stalwart, and […]
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Why the Archibald matters, and why it doesn’t. And why people like it.

, Mar 29, 2010

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. In short: Why the Archibald matters: It matters because the Archibald is about the oldest subject in the history of oil painting and the oldest theme in the history of art: the portrait and the figure. Why it doesn’t: The portrait does not figure very much in today’s “contemporary art practice.” It’s not cool […]