Eva and Franco Mattes
From Fukushima to a stalkers visual diary, art can be confrontational whether it's far away or uncomfortably close
When artist Maurizio Cattelan’s work Comedian sold for $120,000, the art world went bananas. Little did we know it wasn’t the end of the story.
The 2002 installation ‘Rape Garage’ displayed statistics about rape, along with first-person narratives about sexual trauma.
Stefanie Bruser, Josh Edwards, Katie Grone and Lindsey Lee. Mixed media site installation at “At Home: A Kentucky Project with Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman.” 2001-2002. Courtesy the Flower Archive, housed at the Pennsylvania State University Archives.
Many Renaissance-era masterworks depicted rape and sexual assault as erotic. Beginning in the 1970s, artists worked to redefine rape as a crime of aggression and act of female subjugation.
Art with a wow factor.
Was it a marketing stunt or a critique of the market itself?
Screenshot from Distant Sky (2018).
The film of Cave's first tour since the death of his son is powerful and evocative.
Self-expression from the streets.
Some drag kings draw on facial hair to perform masculinity.
Photo by Sneakers
Drags kings have recently been declining in popularity, partly due to the evolving debate around gender and identity. But now a new and more inclusive drag culture is taking the stage.
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Warhol has become one of the most well known artists in the world, but his work still has secrets to reveal.
Detail from Jenny Hval’s album Blood Bitch.
In a world seemingly spinning out of control, music has important roles to play – either to reflect or interpret the state of affairs, or simply to provide solace.
Realpen Pencil is a young instant live drawing artist who lives and works in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana’s Chale Wote festival's main aim is to provide an alternative platform for the arts. It uses street arts to break creative boundaries and cultivate a wider audience for the arts in West Africa.
Richard Demarco (left) with Joseph Beuys in the early 1970s.
The Demarco European Art Foundation
Richard Demarco, aka Mr Edinburgh Festival, has been fostering vital UK links with artists around the world for decades.
A sea of human figures in Hull.
Going naked in public has its own benefits.
Visitors take in Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines at the Museum of Old and New Art.
Hobart's winter festival explores darkness, storms and the very nature of the universe, with artwork performed in an asylum; echoing the elements and conceived while on a residency at Geneva's Centre for Nuclear Research.
LaBeouf Rönkkö and Turner, Day 2 of #TOUCHMYSOUL.
FACT © Brian Slater
Shia LaBeouf's latest artistic performance interrogates celebrity, online community and the endless search for ‘true connection’.
Is it enough to recruit dancers and present them as interactive, moving art objects?
Xavier Le Roy
Is this a dance work, an exhibition, or a melding of the two? Xavier Le Roy's latest work, in Sydney, raises many questions, such as: Is it enough to present dancers as interactive, moving art objects?
Anita Hustas performing in Melbourne.
Music is ubiquitous in our lives, but where are the spaces for boundary-pushing experimentation?
Oral expression is woven deep into the roots of Africa’s cultural traditions.
It gets us nowhere to distinguish between page and stage poetry, except as terms in an analysis. There is bad and good on both sides. Both forms need to be kept alive and to flourish.
Avril Thomas - Female nude study (2015). Charcoal on paper. Magpie Springs Winery and Art Gallery.
Image courtesy of the author.
Held annually in venues all over South Australia for the entirety of August, SALA’s magnitude and reach, its extraordinary range of exhibition venues, both conventional and left-of-field, make it unique.
Activist Bree Newsome was arrested shortly after removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s State House grounds.
Newsome's actions can be thought of as a significant piece of performance art.
Performance artist Marina Abramovic is undertaking a residency in Sydney. This image from her 2009 work, The Drill at the Manchester International Festival 2009 Photo © Marco Anelli.
Courtesy the Marina Abramovic Archives
It's hard to resist the extraordinary charisma of performance artist Marina Abramovic, who has just started a new residency in Sydney.