‘Molly? Molly? MOLLY?’ Tony Barry as Keghead in Rusty Bugles.
ABC/National Film and Sound Archive
The best Australian play ever written is revolutionary in its treatment of plot, character and language. It has a weary, sardonic perspective on war and an unheroic worldview.
Judith Wright: she opened our eyes to our dark history, to modernist poetry and to the beauty of our landscape.
courtesy of Meredith McKinney
Judith Wright was possibly our greatest poet and a passionate social activist. But a new biography suggests that in writing her family memoirs, Wright avoided evidence that her settler forebears likely participated in the murder of Aborigines.
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.
The global South has more in common than just proximity – our cultural heritage links our literature.
Seasons, stars, settler colonialism: the nations of the south – Australia, Argentina and South Africa – have much in common. And the 2003 Nobel laureate for literature, JM Coetzee, is helping reframe Australian writing within this southern context.
William Barak’s Ceremony has sold at auction to an unknown buyer.
Can you repatriate a painting? Descendants of Aboriginal painter William Barak ran a crowdsourcing campaign to try to buy back the previously unknown artwork Ceremony.
Tom Roberts is an iconic Australian artist. Who does that icon represent?
Opening of the first parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, 9 May 1901, Tom Roberts, 1903. Courtesy of the NGA.
Is the National Gallery of Australia's exhibition of Tom Roberts' really 'for all Australians'? A recent national survey finds a racial divide in Australian art appreciation.
Two exhibitions suggest a generational shift is taking place in Australian jewellery making. Lisa Furno, 2012 (detail), Mum’s going away dress (material, silk cord, sterling silver).
Two new exhibitions from young Australian jewellers explore the contemporary urban environment from radically different perspectives.
Australian artist Mike Parr’s current exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney.
courtesy of Anna Schwartz
Artist Mike Parr's career might be best described as a series of alarming acts - he's cut his legs with a scalpel and used his blood as paint. His latest act is erase his work by painting it white.
Khayamiya or Egyptian Tentmaker Applique provides a memorable introduction to Islamic art.
Photo by Timothy Crutchett Charles Sturt University
Islamic art in Australia is inaccessible and largely overlooked. It is rarely taught as a dedicated subject in Australian universities, and almost never seen beyond state capitals. Why?
Shell Necklace, Displayed at the Great Exhibition, London, 1851. Maireener shell and fibre. Oyster Cove, Tasmania, before 1851
© The Trustees of the British Museum.
It hovers uneasily between being a fine-art exhibition showing the diversity and sheer visual and sociocultural potency of contemporary Australian visual art practice, and an older-style ethnographic survey.
Ian North, 2015. Detail from East Antarctica 1915 no. 7. Charcoal on inkjet pigment print, c. 55x148cm.
Courtesy of the artist/ Greenaway Art Gallery.
The latest exhibition of photographer Ian North’s work, Antarctica 1915, demonstrates his uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of our socially fractured and culturally fragmented times.
Saulal by Dennis Nona won the 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award.
Dennis Nona/Aboriginal Art Network
Indigenous artist Dennis Nona is currently serving a jail term for serious crimes. Should the work of the most significant artist to have emerged from the Torres Strait in the last 50 years be removed from gallery walls?
Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died, aged 84.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
Betty Churcher, the first and only female director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died. Throughout her extraordinary career as an arts administrator, the art always came first.
In Crystal Romeo, artist Técha Noble presents a diverse body of work: etchings, experimental projections and costume, brought together by her own sophisticated version of camp aesthetics.
The work of Norman Lindsay is a starting point for Techa Noble's camp challenges to the traditional modes of representing the Australian landscape.
One of the major works on display in The Photograph and Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, Tracey Moffatt’s I made a camera (2003). Photolithograph. Collection of the artist. © Tracey Moffatt, courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Art Gallery of NSW.
A major photography retrospective opened at the Art Gallery of NSW on the weekend, but what does The Photograph and Australia tell us about our present and past?
Gladwell’s work will be displayed at the art school where he earned his Masters degree and the gallery where he was first represented.
Untitled – Murramarang Plank, 2014. Photo: Lucille Gladwell
With two exhibitions opening in Sydney this week, Shaun Gladwell is returning home, with a star still in the ascendant.
A recent book of Brett Whiteley’s drawings reveals his extraordinary talents as a draughtsman. Wendy sleeping (1973). Pen, brush and brown ink. 29.9x33.4 cm.
Brett Whiteley Estate © Wendy Whiteley.
Some 23 years after his death, Australian artist Brett Whitely's vision continues to have resonance and will likely remain a defining representation of late 20th century Australia.
On the western edge of the continent there is a great deal to get the juices flowing.
What is the future of Australia’s wealthiest state? The Conversation, in conjunction with Griffith REVIEW and Curtin University, is publishing a series of articles exploring the unique issues facing Western…
What mechanisms separate the art pantheon of Australia from the also-rans?
AAP Image/Sergio Dionisio
There are about 30,000 professional practicing visual artists in Australia today (see note). By professional, I mean exhibiting regularly in recognised commercial or public galleries and represented in…