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The Lost Battalion, 2015. Acrylic, soil, charcoal and shellac on paper. Lev Vykopal. Fremantle Arts Centre

Lev Vykopal’s Gallipoli balances history against the legends

Tackling Gallipoli is an onerous challenge: it carries baggage that must be accommodated or unpacked with extreme care. Western Australian artist Lev Vykopal’s two exhibitions offer a mix of reverence, analysis, critique and poetry.
Miriam Stannage, The White House [chainsaw], 1999, digital photograph. Copyright and courtesy of the artist.

Watching the watchmen: when artists stare back at CCTV

As governments gain greater access to private information there is a need to protect our freedoms. Artists can make a distinct contribution to this debate by offering alternative perspectives.
Saulal by Dennis Nona won the 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award. Dennis Nona/Aboriginal Art Network

We’ve scrubbed Dennis Nona’s art from our galleries to our cost

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?
Studies of a reclining male nude: Adam in the fresco ‘The Creation of Man’ on the vault of the Sistine Chapel. c. 1511. Michelangelo. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The truth about sex in ancient Greece

Here are the facts behind four commonly held beliefs about Ancient Greek sexuality.
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.

The Photograph and Australia: the curator and the exhibition

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?
One of the paintings that Brett Whiteley’s ex-wife Wendy insists is a forgery. AAP Image/Genevieve Gannon

Is that a Whiteley? Why collectors buy lousy fakes as masterpieces

The current furore over a set of Brett Whiteley paintings has put art fraud back in the headlines. The bad news is that in Australia, the conditions are very favourable for art fakers.
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).

How photography evolved from science to art

Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
Is it just a matter of taste when judges pick the winners of art prizes? Actually, that’s not the case. Mid-West Art Prize/Ted Snell

On judging art prizes (it’s all subjective, isn’t it?)

How do the judges of art prizes make their decisions? Contrary to popular perception, it's not just a matter of personal opinion and effete connoisseurship.

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