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The ribbons on this grafitti portrait by London-based Chilean artist Otto Schade play with idea of presence and absence. The eyes evoke the intensity of the original. Courtesy of the artist, Otto Schade

Che Guevara: The face that launched a thousand…

Che Guevara's image has been used for everything from fashion shows to revolutionary posters. But his image still means something and represents change and resistance by everyday people. Why?
How many lakes are in Alaska? Thermokarst lakes on Alaska’s North Slope are self-similar and fractal. Painting by Cherissa Dukelow

Mathematics of scale: Big, small and everything in between

What do earthquakes, wealthy Italian families and your circulatory system have in common? Scientists use fractals, self-similarity and power laws to translate from local to global scales.
Archibald Prize 2019 winner, Tony Costa, ‘Lindy Lee’, oil on canvas, 182.5 x 152 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins Sitter: Lindy Lee - artist

The zen of portraiture: Tony Costa wins the 2019 Archibald Prize

The annual announcement of the Archibald Prize is one of Sydney’s great spectacles. This year's winning portrait depicts one of Australia's leading artists, Lindy Lee.
Detail from Archibald Prize 2019 finalist Keith Burt, ‘Benjamin Law: happy sad’ oil on canvas, 59.5 x 59.5 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter Sitter: Benjamin Law - author, journalist and broadcaster

Puckish charm and no politicians: the 2019 Archibald Prize

Perhaps as a reflection of the current state of national affairs, this year's Archibald Prize exhibition is a politician-free zone.
‘Arroz con Pollo’ by US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, part of the ‘Basquiat – Schiele’ exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, 2018. EPA-EFE/Etienne Laurent

Luxury fashion brands are making a splash in the art world

Prada and Louis Vuitton are just two major brand names to make a big play in the art world. But if you are looking for innovation you may be disappointed.
‘Design for a giant crossbow.’ Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo joined art with engineering

As Leonardo da Vinci found centuries ago, scholars of art, design, engineering and science can work together for mutual benefit.
Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Two Warriors Heads for the Battle of Anghiari, c. 1504-5. Black chalk or charcoal, some traces of red chalk on paper. Google Art Project. Wikimedia Commons.

How Leonardo da Vinci made a living from killing machines

Leonardo's professional life reveals his genius for creating technologies of destruction.
Artist Jennifer Rubell hired a model to vacuum for two hours each night from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17. Ryan Maxwell Photography

Ivanka and her tower of crumbs

A new piece of performance art features a lookalike Ivanka Trump vacuuming crumbs. Not only is it a cutting commentary on labor and gender, but it also highlights the complicity of the viewer.
The painting: ‘In the Bathroom’ is part of exhibition ‘Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory’ at London’s Tate Modern gallery. EPA-EFE/Neil Hall

Pierre Bonnard at the Tate: the surprising reasons we love art

A London exhibition of the French post-impressionist painter is an opportunity to examine what it is that fascinates us about art itself.

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