Animal masks, headless budgies and reptile skeletons are frequent sights in the photography of contemporary Australian artists Polixeni Papapetrou and Petrina Hicks. While each artist favours elements
Nothing is what it used to be in the group show Just Not Australian. This is probably just as well, since the cultural artefacts that form much of the show's raw material are not always pretty. In w
It came as a serious shock to me when I rounded a corner at Art Basel Miami Beach, the world's largest contemporary art fair, and came face-to-face with Donald J. Trump.
On New Year's Eve 1915, 31-year-old William Joseph Punch from North Queensland joined up and went to war. Sent to northern France he was wounded twice, finally ending up in a military hospital in Br
Vincent Namatjira and Kamurin Young are two of the "youngfellas" who belong to one of the most remote artistic collectives on earth, spanning a vast proportion of central Australia, larger than many E
Congratulations to Yhonnie Scarce who has taken out the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) with her porcelain and glass work, Servant and Slave, 2018. The $20,000 award is acquisitive and Scarce's
As Australia's leading art fair, Sydney Contemporary manages to make art critics into art lovers and the unanointed into worshippers, all within the space of three days.
A remarkable thing happened at this year's 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT): the stand-out work ac
Talk is good, action is better. If there was one theme to emerge from our public discussions this week about race and politics in Australia and the United States, it was the idea that conversation mu
An oil painting from artist Simon DeGroot took out top honours at this year's Moreton Bay Region Art Awards now in its 25th year. Simon was awarded one of the two $7,500 acquisitive prizes for _Trans
History may be written by the winners but it is rewritten by the survivors. Even when brought up on the propaganda of a victorious culture, the vanquished and their descendants peep out from cracked o
In 1988 there were 25 finalists in the Archibald Prize exhibition. By 1998 the tally had expanded to 29. By 2008 the trustees were hanging 40 portraits. This year there are no fewer than 59, up from 4
When artist Gabrielle De Vietri was asked to respond to Thomas Kennington's Homeless (1890), as part of Bendigo Art Gallery's New Histories exhibition, she designed a project based firmly in family, f
When co-curators Johan Lundt and Aileen Burns mined the Institute of Modern Art's archives, they found an access point to a pivotal time in Brisbane's material and political history in the 1986 exhibi
Is it only a week since Hong Kong? After a blur of skyscraper light shows, bamboo scaffolding, detour signs, cranes and ferries, it’s hard to believe it all happened. For an international art fair roo
Since 1788, Australia's indigenous populations have been subjected to mass traumas due to the explicit and insidious incursions of settler colonies. These traumas remain unhealed, though the current s
The diverse work of Indigenous Australian women artists is celebrated through the thematic framework of the exhibition Who's Afraid of Colour? at the Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria
From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, rangin
As I write this, I’m on a long-haul flight from London to Brisbane, the sub-tropical capital of the state of Queensland, Australia. I’ve grabbed a copy of The Wall Street Journal and flip to its global weather forecast. It kindly includes both Sydney and Melbourne – however, the space between Boston and Brussels gapes cruelly. For...
Inaugurated in 2006 as a platform for identifying new trends in contemporary Australian art through an experimental curatorial platform, the 5th TarraWarra Biennial is currently on display until 6 Nov
It is the art prize that stops a nation or at least Sydney. The Melbourne Cup for artists, this year's field jockeying for the Archibald Prize is particularly unpredictable, according to the curator of the Archibald Prize exhibition, Natalie Wilson. 'It is like a horse race in a sense,' she said. 'There can always be a...
Photorealism and hyper-realism are troubling genres. All too often we're left with empty gestures, pointing no further than back to the painting itself. Where the job of realism is to evoke the lived experience, hyper-realism might be read as painting's equivalent of the heavy metal guitar solo: all show and little substance. Luckily, Juan...
Marian Drew’s earlier photographs feature deceased Australian wildlife or roadkill in traditional still-life compositions. The works reflect the fragility of nature and link back to our colonial past. While her recent output continues to explore similar ideas, it is much lighter in nature. “The new works are an adaptation or...
Albert Namatjira's stunning water colour landscapes are among the most iconic images of Central Australia. He was the first Indigenous painter to be accepted by white Australia, and the first Aboriginal person to become a citizen. To this day, most of his descendants maintain his famous 'Hermannsburg' style. All except one....