Dancers perform in Bangarra’s premiere production of Dark Emu.
Bangarra's Dark Emu is a response to Bruce Pascoe's book of the same name. But it doesn't embrace the full potential of its source's game-changing impact.
Gavin Webber and Kate Harman in The Mathematics of Longing.
Art Work Agency
In an ambitious new work of theatre and dance, performers read out mathematical theories then build scenes around them.
In Upgrade, a man is implanted with AI, which gives him superhuman capabilities.
Screenshot from Youtube
Upgrade, the latest film from Saw creator Leigh Whannell, is one of the best Australian films of the 21st century.
Melita Jurisic as the mother who confines her four daughters to their house for eight weeks of mourning.
Federico Garcia Lorca's shocking civil war play is successfully transferred to the Australian desert by the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Ten thousand native grassland plants were grown in Italy for Australia’s national pavilion at the Biennale.
Sixty two countries are represented at this year's International Architecture Exhibition. In the Australian Pavilion, 65 species of grassland plants fill a black cube.
Archaeologist Dr Jacqueline Black (Megan Wilding) becomes the superhero Blackie Blakie Brown.
© Daniel Boud
Nakiah Lui's Blackie Blackie Brown is an explosive collision of genres that executes Indigenous justice with extreme prejudice.
Josh Price, Catherine Davies and Jenny Wu in Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre Company’s Production of Going Down.
© Brett Boardman
Michele Lee's play is a vibrant and layered comic exploration of stereotypes, from piccolo-quaffing urban Melburnites to migrant memoirists.
Despite the myth that men don’t care about clothes, men’s fashion has been surprisingly political over the past 300 years.
For centuries, men’s fashion has been part of dynamic social change. Hairstyles, fabrics and suit styles have carried a political charge.
Detail from Tom Polo.
‘I once thought I’d do anything for you
acrylic on canvas
152.5 x 101.5cm
© the artist Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins
The lively reconfiguring of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman exhibitions means it is harder to work out which paintings the judges are considering as potential winners.
Ashley Lyons and Heather Mitchell as Cate McGregor pre- and post-transition in Still Point Turning.
© Philip Erbacher
Still Point Turning highlights the stigma and controversy around Australia's most high-profile transgender person.
Flamingoes dance on a lake in South America in Planet Earth II Live in Concert.
Planet Earth II Live fuses footage from the BBC series with live orchestration. Despite some narrative flaws, it's a stirring call to look after our environment.
Participants in A Tasmanian Requiem, a musical performance addressing Tasmania’s Black War.
A Tasmanian Requiem brings together Western and Aboriginal voices to confront the violence of the state's Black War. It shows what a historical reckoning, and reconciliation, might look and sound like.
Tim Winton sets his latest novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, in the salt lakes of Western Australia.
Tim Winton's latest novel, The Shepherd's Hut, pushes the author's classic themes to the extreme.
Paul Signac, France, 1863-1935, La bouée rouge (The red buoy), 1895, oil on canvas, 81.2 x 65 cm.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France ©photo Musée d'Orsay / rmn
The Impressionists were obsessed with the science of colour, which is celebrated in a new exhibition in Adelaide. At least 50 of the paintings have never previously been exhibited in Australia.
A reconstructed Viking ship.
The Vikings have become synonymous with voyages and violence, but a new exhibition at the Melbourne Museum demonstrates their domestic and spiritual side.
Akram Khan in Xenos.
Jean Louis Fernandez
Dance can't literally tell history, but it can tell historical truths, as shown by Akram Khan's Xenos at the Adelaide Festival.
The term ‘Leb’ embodies hyper-masculinity on the street.
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Michael Mohammed Ahmad's novel The Lebs is a realistic portrayal of teenage boys in Western Sydney.
Ai Weiwei, Law of the Journey, 2017, reinforced PVC with aluminium frame, 3 x 60 x 6m.
Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Ai Weiwei Studio
The 21st Sydney Biennale is the first to be directed by a curator of non-Western heritage. While the number of artists is modest, lost quantity is made up by quality.
Detail from William Barak, Figures in possum skin cloaks, 1898, pencil, wash, charcoal solution, gouache and earth pigments on paper, 57.0 x 88.8 cm (image and sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1962
Colony at the NGV pairs colonial art with Indigenous responses, in an effort to create dialogue about Australia's history.
Helen Morse lends her voice to the poetry of Memorial.
Memorial brings Alice Oswald's poetic retelling of the Iliad to the stage, with its furious indictment of war and its aftermath.