Studies of a reclining male nude: Adam in the fresco ‘The Creation of Man’ on the vault of the Sistine Chapel. c. 1511. Michelangelo.
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Here are the facts behind four commonly held beliefs about Ancient Greek sexuality.
Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died, aged 84.
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Betty Churcher, the first and only female director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died. Throughout her extraordinary career as an arts administrator, the art always came first.
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The selfie has become an inescapable element of most cultural activities – be it art galleries or music festivals.
Detail of head of Apoxyomenos. Bronze, Hellenistic or Roman replica after a bronze original.
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The British Museum's exhibition is staunchly traditional. It didn't need bells and whistles, but some modern responses wouldn't have gone amiss.
One of the major works on display in The Photograph and Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, Tracey Moffatt’s I made a camera (2003). Photolithograph. Collection of the artist. © Tracey Moffatt, courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Art Gallery of NSW.
A major photography retrospective opened at the Art Gallery of NSW on the weekend, but what does The Photograph and Australia tell us about our present and past?
A daunting task awaits.
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With past controversies ranging from restoration to public toilets and present ones from oil sponsorship to selfie sticks, Gabriele Finaldi has a daunting task on his hands.
One of the paintings that Brett Whiteley’s ex-wife Wendy insists is a forgery.
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The current furore over a set of Brett Whiteley paintings has put art fraud back in the headlines. The bad news is that in Australia, the conditions are very favourable for art fakers.
An grisly omen?
A first-rate piece of political and economic provocation is to haunt Trafalgar Square over the election.
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
Is it just a matter of taste when judges pick the winners of art prizes? Actually, that’s not the case.
Mid-West Art Prize/Ted Snell
How do the judges of art prizes make their decisions? Contrary to popular perception, it's not just a matter of personal opinion and effete connoisseurship.
Thangka painters have an entirely different conception of art to most Western painters. What should art do for us?
What is art for? The answer to this question changes depending on who you ask – and ultimately, it will help us measure ourselves.
A major exhibition of American video artist Bill Viola’s work is on display at the Adelaide Festival. Bill Viola, The Encounter, 2012. Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall. Performers: Genevieve Anderson, Joan Chodorow. Photo: Kira Perov.
The work of American video artist Bill Viola is currently being shown in Adelaide, the broadest collection of his installations ever displayed in Australia.
Not your typical gig outfit.
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Björk may be a musician but she has a much broader aesthetic than music, as her influences attest.
The Image as Burden: this painting gives the Marlene Dumas retrospective currently on display at the Tate Modern its name. Marlene Dumas, The Image as Burden (1993). Private collection, Belgium. © Marlene Dumas. Photo: Peter Cox.
Marlene Dumas, South African-born Amsterdam-based artist, is perhaps one of the most significant practising contemporary painters. And, according to the curators of The Image as Burden at the Tate Modern…
Picasso: most prolific and most stolen artist.
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The case of Pablo Picasso’s former electrician Pierre Le Guennec and his wife, Danielle, came to a close on February 12. The pair are accused of handling stolen goods – 271 of Picasso’s works. The French…
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Dulwich Picture Gallery has ordered a cheap replica of an old master painting from a company in China, and are insinuating it into their array of masterpieces – without telling us which one it is. This…
American artist Sarah Sze’s latest exhibition demonstrates once more her acute spatial sensibility. (Model Series, 2015.)
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The latest exhibition by New York artist Sarah Sze, across two sites of the Victoria Miro Gallery, is her first solo show in London after representing the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. But…
A major exhibition brings the work of neglected Australian artist Jan Senbergs into the spotlight. City, heat and the fires (2014). Acrylic on paper, 117.5x169.5cm.
Jan Senbergs, who turned 75 last year, is one of the great veteran artists in the Australian art scene and is holding a major exhibition of his recent work at the Niagara Galleries in Melbourne. Born in…
On the western edge of the continent there is a great deal to get the juices flowing.
What is the future of Australia’s wealthiest state? The Conversation, in conjunction with Griffith REVIEW and Curtin University, is publishing a series of articles exploring the unique issues facing Western…
Jesse Hlebo, In Pieces (for Sebastian), 2015. 15 minute video loop on 55" LCD TV, embedded in burnt plasterboard.
panels, gasoline, found palettes.
Jesse Hlebo is troubled. The New York-based artist’s latest exhibition, In Pieces explores information overload and authenticity in the internet era – and it’s a challenging place to spend some time. Walking…