Hong Kong & Shanghai – a new landscape for contemporary art

Jan 4th, 2019 | Dr Mikala Tai

Although known today as vibrant centres of contemporary art, the entrepots of Hong Kong and Shanghai have very deep, traditional artistic roots, stretching back to the Song Dynasty and earlier. Curator, academic and gallery director Dr Mikala Tai gives us a snapshot of the contemporary art scene in each city, and explores the visual and ...

Nine Masterpieces in the Northeast, and How they Got There

Dec 14th, 2018 | Dr Matthew Laing

Though far younger than their European contemporaries, the great American art galleries of the Northeast have amassed collections of art that rival anything to be found in the Old World. The American tradition of philanthropic bequests, an insatiable curiosity with the art of the European masters, prescient predictions about the careers of once unknown artists, ...

The Isles of Scilly: of helicopters, gardens and shipwrecks

Nov 30th, 2018 | Michael Turner

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Isles of Scilly, early one misty, summer’s morning more years ago than I care to remember – from a helicopter. On what promised to be a glorious day we took off from Penzance for the 15-minute flight. As we rose into the air, the castle on ...

Exhibition review: Masters of modern art from the Hermitage AGNSW

Nov 15th, 2018 | Dr Michael Adcock

With the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new exhibition Masters of modern art from the Hermitage now open to the public, Dr Michael Adcock takes us through the magnificent selection of works that has been drawn from the unparalleled collections of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg… A GLORIOUS CLUTCH OF IMPRESSIONISTS FROM THE HERMITAGE The present ...

Art for art’s sake – the financial complexities of the Venice Biennale

Oct 23rd, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

Controversy broke out last year between the Australia Council and a number of the private patrons of Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale. The Australia Council had introduced significant changes to the selection process. This would see it take a more active role in the selection of artists through an application process, rather than delegating ...

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