Bruce Beresford’s expansive art collection grew from flea-markets.
Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). Exodus (Study for a mural). Photo: Jenni Carter
Bruce Beresford can't draw, but he has wept in an art gallery. A lifelong delight in a wide range of art – from paintings to opera – has influenced his craft from a young age.
Switch House, Tate Modern.
© Iwan Baan
Tate are offering a new space which should help challenge the elitism currently characterising the arts.
William Barak’s Ceremony has sold at auction to an unknown buyer.
Can you repatriate a painting? Descendants of Aboriginal painter William Barak ran a crowdsourcing campaign to try to buy back the previously unknown artwork Ceremony.
Bob & Roberta Smith.
The message lacks potency.
A electric screen showing Shanghai Pudong financial area in a clear day, is seen amid heavy smog in Shanghai. What can art do to make climate change more real?
Climate change is such a big problem it's almost impossible for us to really understand. We need artists to mobilise on a huge scale to render the problem comprehensible.
Detail of ‘The Morteratsch Glacier, Upper Engadine Valley, Pontresina,’ by Albert Bierstadt, 1895.
A new field of research aims to deepen, and even quantify, our understanding of artistic style. We use mathematical techniques to help discover novel insights, even in well-studied paintings.
Bhupen Khakhar, You Can’t Please All (segment), 1981.
© Bhupen Khakhar
Indian artists such as Bhupen Khakhar may be gaining international acclaim, but more is needed to help build and maintain a strong infrastructure for artists at home.
Many can identify with the phenomenon of feeling a thrill – followed by a chill – when listening to a particularly moving piece of music.
'Pink' via www.shutterstock.com
When seeing or hearing something poignant, many get the chills. But about one-third of the population doesn't feel this sensation.
Big Blue Lavender Bay, one of the three paintings at the centre of trial.
AAP Image/Genevieve Gannon
The conviction of two men in relation to the sale of forged Brett Whiteley paintings indicates that Australia needs to get its act together when it comes to authenticating artworks.
Tableaux Vivants Devonport c. 1892-1893.
Wilson Centre for Photography
Sentimental, high-class illustrators – or a revolution in British art?
In our image saturated world we are becoming inured to the iconography of “natural” disasters.
It is hard for us to visualise the trends and processes of climate change, which are largely hidden. But posters - with their richly subversive history - are the perfect medium for prompting contemplation and action.
In future, we'll all need to be a little more like Leonardo da Vinci.
James Brown fans Bamako.
Utopianism is a neglected prism through which to view Africa. It is the space where the intricacies of decolonisation and independence can be properly comprehended.
Ellington on stage.
The 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts was the first state-sponsored showcase of the work of black artists, musicians and poets.
Virtual reality is improving in leaps and bounds.
From education to sport to sex, virtual reality has dozens of applications, and we're only just scratching the surface of its potential today.
Street photographer, c. 1930, part of the NMeM collection.
The decision looks like a reinforcement of the large imbalance in cultural spending between London and the north of England.
Australia’s Aboriginal welfare problem of the 60s enabled widespread theft from Indigenous artists – including designs for the one dollar note.
Reserve Bank of Australia.
Australia's original $1 note featured artwork taken without permission from Aboriginal artist, David Malangi. He was later given $1000, a medallion and a fishing kit, but archival evidence sheds new light on the affair.
Why is Whistler’s mother one of the most persistently famous images in the world?
James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 (Portrait of the artist's mother) 1871. Image courtesy of the NGV.
Whistler's Mother, which arrives in Melbourne on March 25, is one of the most famous portraits in the world. But James Whistler never wanted the sitter's identity known.
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Botticelli has become a constantly evolving myth, but is best-known as a sensuous painter of alluring women.
William Yang’s beautiful photography crackles with life.
All the World’s a Stage, Geoffrey Rush,Exit the King, Belvoir, 2007 © William Yang.
William Yang has, maybe more than anyone else, shaped Sydney's view of itself. A new book, William Yang: Stories of Love and Death, collects his iconic photographs, with scrawled annotations.