Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian.
New York's Guggenheim Museum has acquired Maurizio Cattelan’s Comedian but how can you value and own a banana and some tape?
Sam Roberts/ACE Open
Ten artists and collectives are on display in this exhibition, questioning 'If the future is to be worth anything.'
Albert Namatjira’s Hermannsburg (c.1951)
National Gallery of Australia/Namatjira Legacy Trust
Asking Australians about their favourite art and artists reveals divides between those who like traditional versus contemporary forms. But Indigenous art transcends such categories.
Julia Robinson’s Beatrice.
Photo by Saul Seed/AGSA
Artists have always created monsters to embody human fears. In this year's Adelaide Biennial, Australian contemporary artists bring our past demons and current fears to life.
Detail of Jim Dine,
The mighty robe I, 1985.
Colour lithograph with relief printing from polymer plates,
61.3 x 50.7 cm (image and plate), 89.2 x 63.4 cm (sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Gift of the artist, 2016, 2016.806, © Jim Din
Jim Dine and other pop artists like Andy Warhol took everyday things and transformed them into magical objects. In his prints a robe could become a self-portrait, a president, or a hero.
90s sister Sophie Lee in Patricia Piccinini’s
Psychogeography 1996, printed 1998.
from the Psycho series 1996.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Optus Communications Pty Limited, Member, 1998 (1998.252) © Patricia Piccinini
The 1990s was once the forgotten decade of the 20th century but no longer.
Truong Tan’s catalogue for his first solo exhibition in 1994 documents his tentative exploration of performance art and frequent use of ropes.
Photo by Truong Tan used with permission.
LGBT rights are a work in progress in Vietnam. But artists are in the vanguard of the movement, pushing for public acceptance.
Anish Kapoor, Untitled, 2011.
Stainless steel, 154 x 154 x 37 cm
© the artist, image courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
EuroVisions: Contemporary Art from the Goldberg Collection presents 64 works by European artists. Its best moments are both intimate and inquisitive.
Kader Attia’s The Culture of Fear.
Western media continues to sell Muslims as perpetrators of savagery, deprivation and torture. But a new exhibit by French-Algerian artist Kader Attia challenges us to see beyond these depictions.
Cate Blanchett disappears into her role as the Mother in RED: sweating and furious with the fundamental compulsion to mate.
© del kathryn barton
Cate Blanchett howls and contorts in RED, del kathryn barton's ferocious exploration of female power.
Helen Marten © Tate
Helen Marten, this year's winner, has revealed a sense of something progressive and pioneering.
Ahmed Cherkaoui (Morocco), Les Miroirs Rouges, 1980. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation
A new modern art exhibition in Tehran is being promoted as a bracing act of cultural diplomacy. But we should look a little deeper.
Worth a thousand words? Or $37 million.
New York's Met just announced more job cuts to balance its books as the shifting tastes and demographics make it harder to make a museum's ends meet.
Fela Kuti - from the cover of his album ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense’
Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti used his music as an art form that provoked. This wasn't only through politics, but also sex.
The NGV’s summer blockbuster packs a double whammy.
© Ai Weiwei; Andy Warhol artwork © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, New York. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
The NGV's summer exhibition is curated to create a dialogue between Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol, and this conversation operates on multiple levels on a variety of themes, and across time and space.
The marketing of Australian art largely remains a provincial exercise within a global art environment.
Image: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, 2015. AAP Image/NEWZULU/THINKING MEDIA
Despite rhetoric positioning Australia as a clever and creative country, its artists, particularly in the visual arts, are doing it tough, and things are progressing from bad to worse. Why is that?
A standard trope suggests this is a war between art and commerce – it isn’t.
EPA/ Facundo Arrizabalaga
Many voices have united in claiming the toy giant Lego is censoring the provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. There are so many things wrong with those arguments it’s hard to know where to begin.
Infrastruktur, Nicole Wermers, 2015 at Tramway in Glasgow.
Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Shortlisted for the Turner in 1997, Christine Borland discusses the suffocating nature of the prize and its shortsighted attempts to branch out.
Michal Motycka’s Diamonds is one of the standout works at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark. Photo: Clyde Yee.
Sculpture by the Sea
Bondi's highly popular Sculpture by the Sea has set up shop in Denmark – and the Aarhus event has proved to be an astonishing and very different success to its predecessor.
Thousands of people will throng Sydney’s streets for Vivid 2015, which opens this weekend.
Vivid Sydney draws larger crowds each year and when it opens this weekend, the streets will be packed. Are events like Vivid Sydney and Paris' Nuit Blanche artistically valuable – or just a lot of fun?