Pristine and beautiful or black and dirty? As bushfires become more frequent and we look to Indigenous fire control practices, it is time to reconsider our attitudes to burnt earth.
Bush Fire At Top Yalgamungken 2015. Collection: Art at Swiss Re.
Image courtesy: Martin Browne Contemporary
Though galleries have since closed their doors, this reviewer got to see Mavis Ngallametta’s works in all their glory. Their birdseye view of Country provides a perspective we’re missing right now.
Rift Valley Road in Ethiopia.
Smart roads in Africa could help reduce the impact of flooding and other disasters that affect rural communities.
Cotton grass on restored areas of Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire © Peter Roworth
A lesser known aspect of bogs is their remarkable potential to preserve both environmental and archaeological records.
Englishness has been found in diverse places and has taken diverse forms.
What sounds did the people of Chaco Canyon hear during daily life?
David E. Witt
We tend to think of archaeological sites as dead silent – empty ruins left by past cultures. But this isn’t how the people who lived in and used these sites would have experienced them.
Composing a symphonic landscape: Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.
With An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss achieved something remarkable: the painting of the German alps, complete with cow meadows and waterfalls, in sound.
Not what most Egyptians see when they look out their windows.
The pastiche-style poster art ubiquitous in Egyptian houses and businesses reveals how locals imagine far-off landscapes, idealise nature and define beauty.
The Last Kingdom. BBC/Carnival/Des Wille
New research suggests his military achievements might have been exaggerated.
Water’s Edge II (2009) - a print related to the ‘Black Smoke Rising’ series.
Hidden underneath painting codes are the violence and bloodshed of colonial exploitation. ‘Lull’ is a daunting reminder of this.
The tea and crumpets vision of Englishness that Capability Brown brings to mind does him an injustice.
The 2015 Wynne Prize winner is Natasha Bieniek, with Biophilia, oil on dibond.
© Natasha Bieniek. Photography courtesy of © AGNSW, Diana Panuccio.
The Wynne Prize has been notoriously male-dominated. What does this year’s winning artwork by Natasha Bieniek tell us about the nature of this particular award and how we can improve it?
Pots, pillars and electric bulb sockets at the Nek Chand Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India.
Giridhar Appaji Nag Y
The country lost two utterly different, and utterly compelling interpreters of India’s urban world this month. They left a legacy rich with beauty and meaning.
Drivers in parts of Southern England and Ireland have been finding fine red dust on their vehicles – sand blown all the way from the Sahara desert. There is now even a pollution warning because of the…
The film adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir Tracks explores how both travellers and tourists experience the Australian landscape.
In the new film Wolf Creek 2, the menacing outback serial killer Mick Taylor asks his unsuspecting tourist prey, “what the bloody hell are you buggers doing out here?” This phrase could equally be used…