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Paul Gauguin Three Tahitians (Trois tahitiens) 1899 oil on canvas 73 × 94 cm National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960, NG 222.

Paul Gauguin was a violent paedophile. Should the National Gallery of Australia be staging a major exhibition of his work?

Should a public art gallery exhibit his work, highlighting the fact he was a seriously flawed human being? Or is this to quietly condone domestic violence and paedophilia? I do not know the answer.
/imagine a photograph of a Thai woman, pregnant in a green and white dress with luggage at an airport departure terminal in Bangkok in 1974 with her eyes closed thinking about what happens next as she holds her hand out in a theatrical gesture. Sara Oscar

I had no photos of my mother’s pregnancy and migration, so I found a way for AI to help fill in the gaps

Since last year, I have been working on a project with my Thai mother who migrated to Australia in 1974 while pregnant with me. To fill in the archive, we’ve been looking towards AI.
Installation view of ‘mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri: Judy Watson’ at Queensland Art Gallery. © Judy Watson/Copyright Agency. Photograph: C Callistemon © QAGOMA

Strong, resolute and uncompromising: you should see the intense and beguiling art of Waanyi artist Judy Watson

An expansive Queensland Art Gallery survey show of lyrical Indigenous artist Judy Watson, mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri, is both thought provoking and stunningly beautiful.
Installation view, Mangala Bai Maravi. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Courtesy the Baiga Tribe. Artist Assistant: Amit Arjel-Sharma. Installation view, Citra Sasmita. Commissioned by UOB for Children Art Space MACAN Museum Jakarta, Indonesia 2020. Courtesy the artist and Yeo Workshop, Singapore. Photo by David James.

Sydney Biennale invites us to celebrate our collective resistance in dark times

The 24th edition of the Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, is an explosion of joy and creative energy across seven venues.
Henrique Oliveira, Brazil b.1973. Corupira 2023, commissioned for ‘Fairy Tales’, installation (detail), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Brisbane 2023. Plywood, tapumes veneer and tree branches. Courtesy: Henrique Oliveira. © Henrique Oliveira. Photograph: C Callistemon © QAGOMA.

Fairy Tales at QAGOMA: how we revived these stories with new myths, new media and new quirks

Fairy Tales focuses on how artists, designers and filmmakers have taken inspiration from fantasy motifs, adapting the fairy tale vocabulary of extremes to their own artistic needs.
Tacita Dean, Paradise (film still), 2021, with music, Paradiso by Thomas Adès, 35mm colour anamorphic film, image courtesy the artist, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris and Los Angeles, © the artist.

How the poetically-charged art of Tacita Dean gives its audience a moment for stillness and time

Tactia Dean works across film, photography, drawing, printmaking, immersive installations, and she is now on display at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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