Detail from Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1616. Her role playing predates by centuries the preoccupations of artists such as Cindy Sherman.
Born into late-16th century Papal Rome, Gentileschi transcended the path of utter obscurity that was the lot of her female peers to become one of the most famous painters of the day.
Detail from Brett Whiteley.
Sacred baboon 1975
brush and ink, wood stain, watercolour, gouache and cut printed colour illustration on cardboard 81.6 x 67.6 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1978 (A23-1978) © Wendy Whiteley
Throughout his life, Brett Whiteley made images of apes and monkeys. He found much in their character and physiognomy to identify with.
Sidney Nolan’s Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.60 x 121.10 cm.
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 National Gallery of Australia
As a bushranger in the Kelly gang, Steve Hart took to dressing as a woman and riding side-saddle to avoid detection. Sidney Nolan's painting captures Hart's adolescent cockiness, bravery, and foolhardy bluster.
Photogenic Drawing, 2017,
installation view, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks.
Photo: Nick Kreisler Courtesy of the artist and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
The 2018 Tarrawarra Biennial explores the act of creation itself, dissolving boundaries between mind/body, physical/spiritual, and form/content. But the experience in the gallery is sometimes something of an anti-climax.
Trump Baby flies over Parliament Square in July during President Trump’s visit to the UK.
Trump Baby is the latest in a long history of visual protests. But is this 'cheap shot street theatre' truly effective, or should we ask more of protest artists?
William Blake, Pity, 1795, Tate.
William Blake/Wikimedia Commons
The Romantics - including poets William Blake and William Wordsworth - lived in the 18th century, but their passionate ideas about imagination and nature are still influential today.
Detail from John Russell:
Almond tree in blossom c1887.
oil on gold ground on canvas on plywood 46.2 x 55.1 cm.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004 (2004.216)
John Russell, who was destined to become an engineer, instead became an artist in fin de siècle France – and a friend of Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin.
But is it art…? Fast-car fans Maurice and Harry in the Art Gallery of New South Wales in ABC’s Everyone’s A Critic.
The ABC's reality TV show Everyone's A Critic puts 'everyday' Australians in galleries. It is a compelling premise for an art show, but a tad disappointing.
Suzani (embroidered textile hanging) Bukhara, Uzbekistan late 19th century.
Vatican Anima Mundi Museum Inv 112536
National Museum of Australia
Despite the beauty and novelty of the objects in the NMA's new exhibition of Islamic art, the exhibition misses opportunities to make Islamic cultures comprehensible.
Close up of the wheel in Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1951 (third version, after lost original of 1913) Metal wheel mounted on painted wood stool.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
In his Bicycle Wheel, Duchamp made the perfect kinetic Futurist sculpture.
Visual artist Lorna Simpson speaks at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts Medal Gala in May 2018.
Paul Rutherford/Tufts University
Simpson, who has made the black body the focal point of her work, discusses her biggest influences and the challenges of creating in our current cultural and political climate.
Gianni Colombo, Spazio Elastico / Elastic Space, 1966-7.
Image courtesy Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).
In a Journey to Freedom, 13 artists give expression to the experience of imprisonment. In Zero, artists are seeking to escape the past.
Tony Albert Girramay/Yidinji/Kuku Yalanji peoples. Australia Qld/NSW b.1981.
Mid Century Modern (series) 2016
Pigment prints | 24 works: 100 x 100cm (each)
Collection: The artist. Courtesy: Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
Tony Albert reassembles items of 'Aboriginalia', featuring kitsch caricatures of Indigenous people, with wit, playfulness and serious intent.
Artist Nyapanyapa Yunipingu is assisted by art centre worker Jeremy Cloake at Buku-Larrnngay Art Centre,Yirrkala.
White people hugely influence the Aboriginal art world – but that can be a good thing, according to the artists.
A still from Daniel Crooks’ High Street (After Ruscha) 2017. Single channel video, 2:1, 4K, stereo, 17 minutes 52 seconds.
Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
A 17-minute video artwork reflects on time and changing urban communities.
Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz, 1954, Adelaide, For Stravinsky, oil and enamel on composition board.
Photograph Graeme Hastwell
As a young man, Wladyslaw Dutkiewicz joined the Resistance, helping Jews to escape Poland. After settling in Australia as a refugee, he became a pivotal artist, as a new show of his work attests.
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.
Claude Monet, France, 1840-1926, La pie (The magpie), 1868-1869, oil on canvas, 121.4 x 164.1 cm.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France, ©photo Musée d'Orsay / rmn
Claude Monet painted The Magpie in winter 1868, turning his interest in colour on the blank canvass of snow.
‘The shape of things to come’, installation view at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne, March 2018.
Photograph by Christian Capurro.
Philanthropists are creating new galleries to share their private collections with the Australian public. But these gifts do not ameliorate the deficit left by declining government arts fundings.
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.