The art of (mis) appropriation: CAUGHT STEALING at National Art School GalleryRead More

Artists have borrowed, sampled, nicked, copied, cut and pasted, adopted, hijacked, referenced, remixed and/or repurposed imagery and ideas from ‘elsewhere’ for centuries, to create their own artworks. Leaving aside the intention to ‘pass off’ as their own images and ideas taken from someone else, when done with creative integrity, appropriation in art offers another way […]

The public in art: text-based artworks in Surry HillsRead More

Public art comes in many guises. At its core, its role is to encourage a more meaningful experience for a community of its shared public spaces. It provides a focus to publicly commemorate an event, or person, or express a collective sentiment. It enhances our architectural and environmental surrounds and, at its best, inspires conversations […]

Aloha! a memorable art experience in HonoluluRead More

You may hear Aloha and think leis, mai tais and Waikiki. But, as I have recently discovered, there is much more to the city of Honolulu, indeed the islands of Hawaii, than the obvious clichés. There is art to be had, of a calibre and richness that is both inspirational and enjoyable. On Diamond Head, […]

Move, groove & jump to the beat: Amrita Hepi X Adrian Piper at Cement FonduRead More

At some point in all our lives we’ve picked up a skipping rope and jumped over it. Maybe  in the playground or in the gym. For play or a serious fitness workout. With a group of friends or on our own. Invariably in time to a musical beat or song. We’ve seen boxers do it […]

The art of bronzeRead More

            It seems that sculpture takes front and centre stage in springtime, what with the annual whirlwind of Sculpture by the Sea, the always enjoyable Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the increasing numbers of more modest outdoor sculpture festivals in country gardens and vineyards across NSW. And added to the […]

Art and adventures in the Top EndRead More

                        I couldn’t refuse the offer from a friend to join her on an art tour to the Top End led by Wally Caruana. The tour, organised by Renaissance Tours for the Art Gallery Society, was designed around looking at and learning about ancient […]

Destination: St Leonards NSW 2065Read More

St Leonards (NSW 2065) is not generally my preferred destination for an evening out.  Its reputation stands as a transport, medical and small business hub, with buildings of the 70s light industrial-type. Yes it’s easily accessed and a busy thoroughfare during the day, but by night, it’s pretty soulless and bleak. Not much speaks to […]

Where there’s art, there’s hope.Read More

I appreciate the year has well and truly started, but the haze cast by a hot and politically overheated summer continued  far beyond its due by date. So it took me a while to drum up the energy to wander through a handful of Sydney’s galleries. Exhausted from heat and the proposition of ‘alternative facts’, […]

All that glitters … El Anatsui Five Decades at CarriageworksRead More

If the 1st exhibition of the twice yearly / 5 year partnership of Anna Schwartz and Carriageworks (Director, Lisa Havilah) is anything to go by, then we’re in for some serious treats. El Anatsui Five Decades is the first exhibition in this partnership and is a must see. This is a significant survey exhibition of […]

Art collections: the power and the passionRead More

Bold. I think that pretty much sums up the attitude to collecting contemporary art. And with being bold comes decisiveness, confidence, an element of risk-taking and a bit of luck. A collection with resonance and cohesion is brought together over time, by looking, thinking, talking through, then taking the plunge and buying. Time builds confidence. […]