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Summer in the you beaut country, John Olsen, 1962. Courtesy National Gallery Victoria, © John Olsen

Here’s looking at: John Olsen, Summer in the You Beaut Country, 1962

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

Finding momentary pleasure: how viewing art can help people with dementia

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. Nduka Mntambo

Ghana’s ‘Chale Wote’ festival lifts spirits, frees souls

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.
A JR giant. © Beatriz Garcia

Why art needs to retake the Olympic stage

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 Drawing Biennial: modestly staged, impressively rendered

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.
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

Here’s looking at: Dibirdibi Country – Topway by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori

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.
Angelica Kauffmann, Self-portrait Hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1791. Wikimedia Commons

It’s time for the ‘science of sensibility’ to return

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.
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

Friday essay: When Manet met Degas

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.

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