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Clarice Beckett, Australia, 1887 - 1935, The red sunshade, 1932, Melbourne, oil on board; Gift of Alastair Hunter OAM and the late Tom Hunter in memory of Elizabeth through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. AGSA

Clarice Beckett exhibition is a sensory appreciation of her magical moments in time

Known for her soft capturing of tonal shifts and poignant moments, painter Clarice Beckett's legacy was almost lost to time and decay. Now her work is being celebrated in a major exhibition.
Leigh Melrose as Brett Whiteley in Opera Australia’s 2019 production of Whiteley at the Sydney Opera House. The opera focuses on the artist’s addictions and his relationship with his wife. Prudence Upton

Opera Australia’s Whiteley brings together 3 icons to tell the artist’s complicated story

A new opera focuses more on the personal life of artist Brett Whiteley than his artistic creations. As the opera reveals, a life like Whiteley’s does not offer a clear moral message.
Anna Breckon and Nat Randall, Rear view 2018 (still), high definition digital video, multi-channel sound, 85:11 mins Courtesy of the artists Photo: Andrew Curtis

Theatre is Lying is a welcome response to fake news and alternative facts

Through animation, video, light and sound, Theatre is Lying exposes how visual art, performance and theatrical devices can interrogate what is real and what is not.
Tokyo design studio nendo responds to the work of M. C. Escher. Sean Fennessy

Escher x nendo will surprise, delight and challenge

There is nothing to prepare us for the shock to the senses in the National Gallery of Victoria's latest exhibition combining the works of M. C. Escher with Japanese design firm nendo.
David Malouf’s poetry collection An Open Book spans “a Beurre Bosch pear/in a fruit bowl to the planet”. Shutterstock

David Malouf’s An Open Book is poetry to sit with

Malouf's late return to poetry seems to bring him back in a new way to steadying poems that do justice to the open gaze, the sly wit, the swift imagination and the poise he has in spades.

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