Why is criticism so often associated with killjoy negativity? It can convey joy as well as discrimination.
Grumpy curmudgeons, ex-artists writing about friends ... art critics here rarely help viewers understand the challenges of new work.
Watercolour painting of a Haida painted wooden mask.
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford 2014.89.1a
With the refugee crisis, Brexit, and the rise of populist extremism, we must defend the teaching of anthropology. And in doing so, we might expand and rethink ideas of "the humanities".
Paul Nash, Battle of Germany, 1944. Imperial War Museum, London © Tate
The job of a war artist probably seems, to many, a curious calling. Here's why Paul Nash and I were both drawn to the front line.
'Posh white girls' are unjustifiably taking the brunt of reports of the last art history A-level but casualties are all those the exam board had been moving to reach out to.
British Library 74/1881.d.8(26)
Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
The South Korean sculpture biennale ranges from airy and lofty metal structures to strange and dark creations.
Changwon Sculpture Biennale casts a wide net, from a disconcerting jumble of plastic body parts to a break-dancing sculptor armed with an angle-grinder.
Commerce and Sea Power, William Lionel Wyllie, 1898.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Laying the first telegraphy cable under the Atlantic was the Victorians' version of the Apollo mission – it caught the imagination of a generation.
Fifty years after the Maralinga atomic tests, an exhibition grapples with the pain and devastation left behind.
Karen Standke, Road to Maralinga II (detail). Supplied
The Maralinga atomic tests were devastating to life and land in Central Australia. Black Mist Burnt Country brings together dozens of artistic responses in a powerful, but somewhat incoherent memorial.
Jackson Pollock, Blue poles, 1952.
© The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
This quintessential modern art movement couldn't have gained precedence without the work of critics – and the Cold War.
Summer in the you beaut country, John Olsen, 1962.
Courtesy National Gallery Victoria, © John Olsen
A yellow line becomes a blistering ray of sunlight in Summer in the You Beaut Country. John Olsen's paintings, often described as 'quintessentially Australian', teem with life.
Elioth Gruner Spring Frost 1919: one of the paintings included in the gallery’s program.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Gift of F G White 1939
A new study shows that looking at paintings can bring pleasure to people living with dementia, affecting their wellbeing even after the memory of the event has gone.
Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.
Individual artists continue to experience the brunt of arts funding cuts.
In 1983, a groundbreaking inquiry into the economic circumstances of artists released a report containing a string of recommendations. Thirty three years on, the inquiry's chair asks, what has changed?
A JR giant.
© Beatriz Garcia
It's time to finally put art on the Olympic map, prove the sceptics wrong, and renew and advance some of the more tired aspects of the Games staging process.
Halfway to the light, halfway through the night 2010-14, by Jumaadi.
© AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins
The Dobell is a celebration of drawing. And the work in this year's show, from Noel McKenna's beautifully rendered drawings of dogs to Richard Lewer's depictions of states of mind – is first rate.
The X-rays of the Australian Synchrotron reveal a remarkably clear picture of the woman’s face.
It took cutting edge technology and a collaboration between the Australian Synchrotron and the CSIRO to reveal the mysterious hidden lady in Degas's famous painting.
Worth a thousand words? Or $37 million.
New York's Met just announced more job cuts to balance its books as the shifting tastes and demographics make it harder to make a museum's ends meet.
Elizabeth I of England, the Armada portrait, 1590.
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
Disaster movies can raise environmental concerns but also seed misinformation.
Disaster via www.shutterstock.com
Climate disaster films are an emerging genre that reflect people's desire to cope with a changing planet through art. How will they affect public attitudes on climate change?
The Man in the Black Cravat, now by Lucian Freud.
How expert opinion can out-trump the artist's own word.