A new docu-comedy, The Exhibitionists asks why the dominant image of an artist is a man – and places women back in the frame.
Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage, 1969.
oil on canvas, 94.5 x 128.2 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales.
© Helen Brack
For over 60 years, Daniel Thomas has shaped and extended our understanding of Australian art. Sometimes cheeky, always erudite, Thomas’s writings are collected in a new book.
Detail from Fiona Foley Native Blood Type C photograph x cm Edition copy.
Art historians argue that the life of the artist should be viewed independently of their art but, for most Aboriginal artists, art is a cultural expression that encompasses their lives.
Culture depends on the conversations between artists and critics, audiences and researchers.
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Fairfax’s plans to reduce arts coverage as part of 125 jobs to go put Australia’s cultural enterprise in jeopardy.
Berger considered how through history and visual representation the male gaze has constrained women.
John Berger's Ways of Seeing
The Marxist philosopher, art critic and novelist popularised complex ideas and helped bring art into the mainstream.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the most famous – and most revived – Australian plays of all time.
Melbourne Theatre Company/Jeff Busby
In 1955 two plays – The Torrents and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll – burst into Australian theatre. Funny and tragic in deeply Australian ways, they marked a new horizon of creative possibility.
Why is criticism so often associated with killjoy negativity? It can convey joy as well as discrimination.
Grumpy curmudgeons, ex-artists writing about friends … art critics here rarely help viewers understand the challenges of new work.
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
Could a child have painted Picasso’s Seated Woman? That’s the wrong kind of question to ask of art.
Art raises a lot of questions. That’s what it does. If an art work in a gallery or a news story has made you ask “what the …?”, it has already started to do its job. But for many who are not familiar with…
American comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.
Over the past decade we have witnessed the rise and rise of long form television – from The Sopranos to The Wire, Game of Thrones to Orange Is the New Black – and no one has been watching this transformation…
I am currently in San Francisco to attend the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). It’s the biggest event in the games industry, depending on what measuring stick you use. E3 in Los Angeles is the…
Does the art critic speak for the broader public, for the artist or the connoisseur?
The contemporary art critic cannot say with certainty whether something is good or bad. What good criticism does today is to help the public “see” the artwork. It does not explain and close down meaning…