Sidney Nolan’s Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.60 x 121.10 cm.
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 National Gallery of Australia
As a bushranger in the Kelly gang, Steve Hart took to dressing as a woman and riding side-saddle to avoid detection. Sidney Nolan's painting captures Hart's adolescent cockiness, bravery, and foolhardy bluster.
Translating the signals.
Science and art meet on the 'big screen' – turning data into visuals at the Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank.
Peter Thomas of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (left), Marcel Dionne of Roarockit (centre) and Jaimie Isaac, curator for Indigenous/Contemporary at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (right), are seen building a skateboard using a do-it-yourself kit in this 2017 photo. Art and design schools should reward those who actually build and create more than they do design theorists.
Even as our world goes digital, there will always be an appetite for craftsmanship, for art and for the work only human hands can truly bring to life. Art and design schools should celebrate creators.
A scene from the best-selling ‘Red: A Haida Manga,’ a revenge story.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
The "Haida manga" by Indigenous artist Yahgulanaas opens a graphic dialogue between the different cultures of the Pacific Northwest and East Asia.
Suzani (embroidered textile hanging) Bukhara, Uzbekistan late 19th century.
Vatican Anima Mundi Museum Inv 112536
National Museum of Australia
Despite the beauty and novelty of the objects in the NMA's new exhibition of Islamic art, the exhibition misses opportunities to make Islamic cultures comprehensible.
Close up of the wheel in Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel, 1951 (third version, after lost original of 1913) Metal wheel mounted on painted wood stool.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
In his Bicycle Wheel, Duchamp made the perfect kinetic Futurist sculpture.
Jon McNauhgton’s 2017 painting ‘You Are Not Forgotten.’
McNaughton's works elicit giddy mockery from the left and effusive love from the right. Why do they resonate so strongly?
Architect Frank Gehry’s computer-designed, hand made staircase at University of Technology Sydney.
The art and design industry in Australia is demanding 'mass customisation' of works of art. Robots may be the answer – and they're creating jobs already.
It’s been argued the Impressionists were short sighted.
The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Camille Pissarro/Wikimedia Commons
Disease and disorders can affect how we see. Can the images in painted artworks tell us something about the state of an artist's vision?
Roseanne Barr’s eponymous show was cancelled because of a racist tweet.
ABC's cancellation of the hit reboot Roseanne because of its star's racist tweet raises complex questions about freedom of speech and the line between public and private selves in the age of social media.
Sensorium Tests, 2012, 16mm film, 10 minutes.
© Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Synaesthesia – a rare experience where the senses merge – comes in many different forms.
‘I’m still me inside’.
Comics often portray those with dementia as abnormal or less than human.
Yvette Coppersmith, Self-portrait after George Lambert, oil and acrylic on linen, 132 x 112 cm.
© the artist Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter
It is some years since such a classical work as Yvette Coppersmith's has won the Archibald.
Hers is a most intelligent self-portrait in the very mannered style of George Lambert’s work.
© Jill Gibbon
There's a disturbing disconnect between the polite etiquette of arms fairs and the hell that their products create.
Painting from El Castillo cave (Cantabria, Spain). Early Upper Palaeolithic or older.
Photo Becky Harrison and courtesy Gobierno de Cantabria.
Figurative art may derive from Neanderthal hand prints and the hunter's keen eye for perceiving animals.
They're silly, but the singer's statement pants are an important comment on female storytelling.
Ben Quilty, Life vest, Lesbos. 2016, oil on polyester, 60 x 50cm.
Australian War Memorial
Essays on Air: can art really make a difference?
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Art has always depicted the crimes of our times throughout centuries of wars and humanitarian crises. Can we really expect it to truly make a difference in the real world?
Charging over £20 for admission is one thing – but what about reaching beyond the usual audience?
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Despite various exceptions, the UK's proposed ivory ban will be among the toughest in the world.
‘The shape of things to come’, installation view at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne, March 2018.
Photograph by Christian Capurro.
Philanthropists are creating new galleries to share their private collections with the Australian public. But these gifts do not ameliorate the deficit left by declining government arts fundings.