Summer in the you beaut country, John Olsen, 1962.
Courtesy National Gallery Victoria, © John Olsen
A yellow line becomes a blistering ray of sunlight in Summer in the You Beaut Country. John Olsen's paintings, often described as 'quintessentially Australian', teem with life.
Elioth Gruner Spring Frost 1919: one of the paintings included in the gallery’s program.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Gift of F G White 1939
A new study shows that looking at paintings can bring pleasure to people living with dementia, affecting their wellbeing even after the memory of the event has gone.
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.
Individual artists continue to experience the brunt of arts funding cuts.
In 1983, a groundbreaking inquiry into the economic circumstances of artists released a report containing a string of recommendations. Thirty three years on, the inquiry's chair asks, what has changed?
A JR giant.
© Beatriz Garcia
It's time to finally put art on the Olympic map, prove the sceptics wrong, and renew and advance some of the more tired aspects of the Games staging process.
Halfway to the light, halfway through the night 2010-14, by Jumaadi.
© AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins
The Dobell is a celebration of drawing. And the work in this year's show, from Noel McKenna's beautifully rendered drawings of dogs to Richard Lewer's depictions of states of mind – is first rate.
The X-rays of the Australian Synchrotron reveal a remarkably clear picture of the woman’s face.
It took cutting edge technology and a collaboration between the Australian Synchrotron and the CSIRO to reveal the mysterious hidden lady in Degas's famous painting.
Worth a thousand words? Or $37 million.
New York's Met just announced more job cuts to balance its books as the shifting tastes and demographics make it harder to make a museum's ends meet.
Elizabeth I of England, the Armada portrait, 1590.
The value of the Armada painting, soon to go on show in Greenwich, lies in its masterful storytelling.
Disaster movies can raise environmental concerns but also seed misinformation.
Disaster via www.shutterstock.com
Climate disaster films are an emerging genre that reflect people's desire to cope with a changing planet through art. How will they affect public attitudes on climate change?
The Man in the Black Cravat, now by Lucian Freud.
How expert opinion can out-trump the artist's own word.
Georgiana Houghton, The Eye of God (c.1862), watercolour. Victorian Spiritualists’ Union, Melbourne, Australia / Courtauld Gallery, London.
Many of their extraordinary artworks are now on show in a new exhibition.
Louise Hearman, Barry, oil paint on masonite 69.5 x 100 cm.
Photo: © AGNSW, Nick Kreisler
This year's Archibald Prize winner is a painting with great affection for its subject. Louise Hearman's Barry was a surprise choice – but it deserves to find an ultimate home in the National Portrait Gallery.
A sea of human figures in Hull.
Going naked in public has its own benefits.
Do we need a new word for the feeling of guilt one gets from watering plants during a drought?
A scientist dips her toe into a new form of group-based performance art: devising new words to describe new feelings and phenomena of a rapidly changing world.
Detail of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country – Topway 2016.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Collection Image courtesy Alcaston Gallery © The Estate of the Artist and Viscopy Australia
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori began painting in her 80s, and over ten years created an extraordinary body of work. Her paintings are more like music and dance – depicting the stories of the Kaiadilt people for the first time.
The Archibald Prize has announced its finalists. They are, as always, a mixed bag.
Detail of Michael McWilliams The usurpers (self-portrait) © Michael McWilliams Photo: © AGNSW, Nick Kreisler
The Archibald Prize is a curious beast – an art prize judged mostly by philanthropists. Despite this, there are plenty of finalists worth considering.
Angelica Kauffmann, Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1791.
Finding the art in science and investigating the science of art used to be common practise. At the turn of the 19th century the boundaries between academic disciplines hardened, but now new fields like neuroaesthetics are breaking down barriers.
How is Berlin’s landmark art show presenting our new preoccupations?
Courtesy 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Art events should encourage us to spark new thinking outside of our cloistered world, but Berlin risks being lost in technological navel gazing.
Degas and Manet’s stormy relationship is expressed in a portrait Degas painted of Manet and his wife, which has been slashed, presumably by Manet himself.
Detail of Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet and Mme. Manet (1868-69) Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, via Wikimedia Commons
Edgar Degas’ relationship with Impressionism was to be a stormy one, but his encounter with Edouard Manet in 1862 was a turning-point in his career. Degas went on to paint a portrait of Manet and his wife - later slashed in mysterious circumstances.