Artwork ‘Melly Shum Hates Her Job’ by Ken Lum hangs in the Witte de Withstraat district in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, shown May 2008.
(Ken Lum/Wikimedia Commons)
A Rotterdam art centre removed its colonial-era name and is renaming itself 'The Kunstinstituut Melly,' to honour the city's 30-year love affair with Ken Lum's iconic work.
Understanding the different types of visitors and how they navigate museums can help these institutions reopen safely.
Galleries and musuems are rapidly moving online in response to social distancing measures, but the digital divide means regional and remote organisations could be left behind.
Both parties have placed museums at the heart of their cultural policies, renewing commitment to free entry.
While both parties are championing the arts and culture sector, after years of swingeing cuts these promises dazzle but offer little hope to struggling institutions
The biggest ever display of Islamic art at the Art Gallery of South Australia holds breathtaking masterpieces, and important lessons for all.
Art Gallery of South Australia/Saul Steed
No god but God at the Art Gallery of South Australia looks at over 1000 years of Islamic art, from Indonesia to Spain. It is a magnificent and necessary exhibition.
Dorrit Black, The Bridge, 1930.
Oil on canvas on board,
60.0 x 81.0 cm.
Bequest of the artist, 1951, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Dorrit Black, Grace Cossington Smith and Grace Crowley were some of many talented modernist women artists. But only with the advent of second wave feminism in the 1970s was their work properly acknowledged.
An Instagram post from Gerhard Richter’s exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
While it may have a reputation for narcissism, Instagram is being embraced by the art world, with Insta-friendly works and exhibitions.
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.
Switch House, Tate Modern.
© Iwan Baan
Tate are offering a new space which should help challenge the elitism currently characterising the arts.
A cleaner at work beside a Brook Andrew installation at the 2008 Melbourne Art Fair.
The Melbourne Art Fair's steadfast refusal to move with the times was a factor in its surprise demise.
That traditional monolith of culture, the museum, has begun to embrace the digital world. As a series of projects reveal, the possibilities are endless.
The marketing of Australian art largely remains a provincial exercise within a global art environment.
Image: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, 2015. AAP Image/NEWZULU/THINKING MEDIA
Despite rhetoric positioning Australia as a clever and creative country, its artists, particularly in the visual arts, are doing it tough, and things are progressing from bad to worse. Why is that?
Museums should follow the example of the Met and sell off stock.
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Many think that the ideal museum should be removed from the vicissitudes of the market. This is an illusion.
Australian artist Mike Parr’s current exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney.
courtesy of Anna Schwartz
Artist Mike Parr's career might be best described as a series of alarming acts - he's cut his legs with a scalpel and used his blood as paint. His latest act is erase his work by painting it white.
Front doors closed as indefinite strike continues.
The debate about museums as businesses is in danger of trumping defences of museums and galleries as public institutions.
Sol LeWitt left behind detailed instructions that today enable galleries to realise his art for exhibition.
Just as we have become accustomed to two worlds of consumption – online and “location-based” retail (what we used to call “shops”) – the concept of museums and galleries as solely physical repositories…
Does the movement of art diminish its cult status?
Among the millions of works of art that are being transported around the world, one that is currently doing its promotional tour is Jack Kerouac’s famous manuscript for On the Road, written entirely on…
The art and antiquities market is notorious for taking the word of the seller at face value.
The announcement today that the Australian government will return the US$5 million Chola-era Dancing Shiva to India, after months of scandal focused on the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and art dealer…
Monet’s Garden has already proved popular but why does it take so long for “new art” to be accepted and understood?
AAP Image/David Crosling
As the curtains rise on the National Gallery of Victoria’s (NGV) latest blockbuster, Monet’s Garden, it is a good time to reflect on a connection between this acclaimed modernist painter and the art world…
Women need to play a greater role at the top of Australia’s art institutions.
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One of my favourite paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales is Emanuel Phillips Fox’s Art Students. It’s particularly notable because all the Melbourne Art School students pictured are women. In…