A “cloud” of Mexican freetail bats leaving their roost.
Bats have symbolised everything from insanity to good luck. A new book explores their place in our collective imagination.
Wayne Blair as Jeremy and Jada Alberts as Simone in Sydney Theatre Company’s Production of The Long Forgotten Dream.
© Heidrun Lohr
In the Sydney Theatre Company's premiere production, white guilt festers as part of the shame, the ongoing, percolating wound that is the plot-space of contemporary colonisation.
Tania Vukicevic as ‘Feminist AF’ Lysa in Lysa and the Freeborn Dames.
Dylan Evans Photography
In La Boite's premiere production, 19-year-old Lysa unleashes a one-woman protest inspired by recent women's marches around the world.
Yoson An and Rachel Griffiths in Dead Lucky.
Dead Lucky tackles issues around worker exploitation, gambling, international students and domestic violence. But it is let down by underdeveloped characters.
Eryn Jean Norvill as Justine in Melancholia: the play echoes and resonates with details of its cinematic predecessor.
A successful adaption of Lars von Trier's film Melancholia breathes new life and energy into its female characters.
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.
Emily Gare, Tara Silcock, and Lachlan Sukroo perform a ‘precarious’ shoulder balance.
Precarious, the latest offering from Circus Oz, centres around the tale of a missing seed. It is suitably staged in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens.
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.
Elle Fanning as the author Mary Shelley.
The author Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was 18. A new film investigates the gender politics of the novel's creation.
Rozanna Lilley, the author of Do Oysters Get Bored? A curious life.
Rozanna Lilley’s book Do Oysters Get Bored? explores the complexity of family life, contrasting her own unconventional childhood with caring for her autistic son.
Dancers perform in Bangarra’s premiere production of Dark Emu.
Bangarra's Dark Emu is a response to Bruce Pascoe's book of the same name. But it doesn't embrace the full potential of its source's game-changing impact.
Gavin Webber and Kate Harman in The Mathematics of Longing.
Art Work Agency
In an ambitious new work of theatre and dance, performers read out mathematical theories then build scenes around them.
Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904–1989), The Persistence of Memory, 1931, Oil on canvas, 9 ½ x 13" (24.1 x 33 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously © 2016 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
All of the big names are present in this show – from Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo to Roy Lichtenstein and Cindy Sherman – and represented by some of their best-known work.
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.
In Upgrade, a man is implanted with AI, which gives him superhuman capabilities.
Screenshot from Youtube
Upgrade, the latest film from Saw creator Leigh Whannell, is one of the best Australian films of the 21st century.
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.
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.
Participants in A Tasmanian Requiem, a musical performance addressing Tasmania’s Black War.
A Tasmanian Requiem brings together Western and Aboriginal voices to confront the violence of the state's Black War. It shows what a historical reckoning, and reconciliation, might look and sound like.