The ideal male body didn’t always include chiseled abs.
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Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
Soldiers used spent shells and casings to make trench art, like this brass bottle opener that was made during World War II.
One scholar spent a decade studying the ways everyday people drew, carved, glued, sewed and baked their own pornography.
Mary Wollstonecraft tribute sculpture by Maggie Hambling.
It might have many critics but the statue tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft succeeds in its abstract commemoration of the feminist. Public sculptures could learn from it
Maggi Hambling’s statue tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft has been met with much criticism.
Is the statue a fitting tribute to the fierce feminist writer?
‘Homeless Jesus’ at Newman College in Melbourne, Australia.
(Kaitlin Wynia Baluk)
'Homeless Jesus' exemplifies how faith-based organizations can use public art to communicate religious ideas in a respectful and accessible way.
Trees seeded after the end of the last ice age, which survived the ruptures of invasion and industry, have re-emerged as art.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
Oliger Merko, ‘Season of Love’ detail, oil on canvas, 2014.
Prison Creative Arts Project
In a system that treats people as objects to be counted, chained, searched and assigned a number, art is a way for prisoners to reassert their agency – and reclaim their lives.
Protesters throw statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour.
After years of inaction by authorities, protesters have forced the point – opening a new chapter in this monument's history.
It’s a wrap: Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude with a design model of the cloth-covered German Reichstag.
Hailing Christo as a 'genius' misses the point and diminishes the work of his wife and co-creature Jeanne-Claude.
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Christo's first major project was Wrapped Coast at Sydney's Little Bay. His fabric sculptures would become a major symbol in land art.
Artwork © Sindiso Nyoni
His life's work was asserting the humanity and history of the Bantu people, while proposing that the soul was able to bring knowledge of the past and of the future into the present.
Rupert O’Flynn with Rudolf Marcuse’s bronze bust of Douglas Grant, December 2016.
Photograph courtesy Tom Murray.
In 1918, in Wünsdorf prisoner-of-war camp, a German sculptor created a bust of Indigenous soldier Douglas Grant. For decades, the whereabouts of this nationally significant sculpture were unknown - until now.
Leonardo da Vinci had a seemingly inexhaustible imagination for innovation.
Engineer, artist, mathematician, thinker: Leonardo da Vinci was all these and more.
Installation view of Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor on display at NGV International from 5 April – 4 August 2019 © 2019 Calder Foundation, New York / Copyright Agency, Australia.
A new exhibition charting Alexander Calder's atypical path into the modernist art canon is elegant, dramatic and great fun.
First page of Liszt's opera Sardanapalo, GSA 60 / N4. Photo © Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Should unfinished art remain so?
Detail from Alex Seton’s A Durable Solution? - a series of memorial plaques naming the 12 men who have died under our ‘care’.
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Alex Seton's sculpture A Durable Solution? dominates the protest exhibition at the forthcoming ALP national conference. He has also created an official memorial to Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan
A bioengineer collaborates with artists, clinicians and patients to come up with an art exhibition with heart.
Cloud Gate, 2004. Stainless steel, 1,006 x 2,012 x 1,280 cm.
Anish Kapoor made “Cloud Gate”, a giant bean-shaped mirror in Chicago. Visitors play with the light in the city and its surroundings, where our future lays.
Sabbia Gallery - Alison Milyika Carroll working on a pot at Ernabella Arts ceramic studio, 2017.
Photo Ernabella Arts, Courtesy of Sabbia Gallery
Clay Stories, a travelling exhibition, showcases ceramic art from Indigenous artists across the country. It is a triumphant display of specific stories and Dreamings, standing against cultural and political amnesia.