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The biggest ever display of Islamic art at the Art Gallery of South Australia holds breathtaking masterpieces, and important lessons for all.
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No god but God at the Art Gallery of South Australia looks at over 1000 years of Islamic art, from Indonesia to Spain. It is a magnificent and necessary exhibition.
Can street art out of context still tell the same story?
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As the Port Talbot Banksy is moved to a new street art museum, the very reason it was created is being ignored.
An installation view of Vivian Gallery’s stand at Auckland Art Fair.
Embarrassed directors of well-established commercial art galleries will quietly confess that often they scarcely get more than a dozen visitors a day. Can art fairs help fill the void?
Most of MONA’s interstate visitors go to the museum without stopping in the nearby suburbs.
MONA could encourage more low-income visitors by making entry free for all concession card owners.
Dancers rehearse at a 2016 media call for The Australian Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of our 28 major performing arts organisations, only three have female artistic leaders.
Women make up the majority of arts consumers and employees, but men dominate at every level of arts leadership.
‘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.
An Instagram post from Gerhard Richter’s exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
While it may have a reputation for narcissism, Instagram is being embraced by the art world, with Insta-friendly works and exhibitions.
As museum culture increasingly drifts into private ownership, we need to keep a watchful eye on those shaping our cultural landscape
How an act of destruction can simultaneously become an act of creation.
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.
Long Island gallerist Glafira Rosales (left) sold fake paintings to Knoedler director Ann Freedman (right), who then turned them around for millions. Was Freedman aware that they were fakes?
What, exactly, was going on at the Knoedler Gallery in the years leading up to a forgery indictment?
Front doors closed as indefinite strike continues.
The debate about museums as businesses is in danger of trumping defences of museums and galleries as public institutions.
Exhibitions such as HERE NOW at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery show how local art museums can engage with the arts community in which they are based.
Lawrence Wilson Gallery
In a crowded and competitive market, how does an art museum located far from major centres of population – say, in Perth – make its mark? One obvious answer is to focus on what is distinctive about your…
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The selfie has become an inescapable element of most cultural activities – be it art galleries or music festivals.
A daunting task awaits.
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With past controversies ranging from restoration to public toilets and present ones from oil sponsorship to selfie sticks, Gabriele Finaldi has a daunting task on his hands.
Graham Beal led the Detroit Institute of Arts through the city’s financial crisis.
Graham Beal, the Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, recently announced that he will be retiring after fifteen years at the helm. Two of his achievements particularly stand out. The first is his…
Concerns about art and the environment should not be so divorced.
After a three-year court battle, the Tate has been forced to disclose how much money it receives in sponsorship from BP. The stubbornness seemed to indicate a massive sum, one the galleries could not do…
Painter Mark Rothko directs the installation of his murals in Harvard’s Holyoke Center in 1963.
Artwork: © 2009 Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Elizabeth H. Jones, © President and Fellows of Harvard College
In 1989, I was a conservation student at the Courtauld Institute in London. During a class on varnish removal, my professor, Gerry Hedley, demonstrated how shining blue light on a picture with yellowed…