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Whatever you do, don‘t call us the new Berlin

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Music, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Athens is the New Berlin has become a common press tagline recently. Vallejo Gantner, the former director of PS122, one of New York’s contemporary performance institutions and Fotis Kapetopoulos, one of the Greek diaspora and an arts manager, went to Athens to see if the city really is going through a creative regeneration. *** BY VALLEJO GANTNER AND FOTIS KAPETOPOULOS  Artists,

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Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum (AGNSW, Sydney)

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

While Western Europe’s 17th century was disfigured by both religious wars and wars of territorial ambition, Holland a land reclaimed from the sea, nonetheless prospered. When she extricated itself from Spanish control to become Europe’s first republic, the stage was set for a breathtaking trajectory. As Holland became fabulously wealthy from trade, shipping, insurance and banking,

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Win two sybaritic nights at MONA in Hobart

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David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is generously supporting Daily Review by providing two nights accommodation for two people at its luxurious MONA Pavilions on the River Derwent including breakfast at the Source Restaurant with multiple free entry for two to MONA – Australia’s most exciting museum only a short stagger from your king size, 400 thread count cotton-sheeted

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The Pleasures of Distance: Photography and the story of the Australian Road

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Road photography deserves a category of its own, nestled in among established genres such as street photography and landscape. Also, it is a category in which Australian photographers demonstrably excel, expressing a remarkable affinity with the road and all its vistas, features, quirks, vehicles and people. I know of no better illustration of the scope

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Perth Festival 2018 announces its line-up

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Music, News & Commentary, Screen, Stage, Visual Arts |

The 2018 Perth Festival (February 9 to March 4) directed by Wendy Martin and which includes 230 music, theatre, dance, literature, film and visual art events was announced yesterday. The outdoor events begin on February 9 with the female voices of Siren Song and a Noongar smoking ceremony and seven-minute serenade to the sun by sound artist Byron J Scullin. The

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The Red List: Mali Moir’s sublime tribute to vanished and disappearing wildlife

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True compassion comes from knowledge and understanding. Part of what makes Mali Moir’s series of portraits of extinct and critically endangered species of wildlife from around the world so powerful is the way the works combine formal precision and technical brilliance with raw emotion. The title of Moir’s current exhibition refers to The Red List

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OzCo opens entry to Venice Biennale to everybody – but what strings are attached?

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In the recent Palme d’Or winning film The Square, Ruben Östlund satirises the very notion of contemporary art by exploring its contradictions outside the boundaries of the insular art world. The film’s title derives from an artwork that is a simple square within which, “we all share equal rights and obligations”. Upon entering “…you have

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The sign hunters: in search of vintage Australian outdoor advertising

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Once viewed by some as mere marketing, vintage hand-painted and hand-crafted signs increasingly are being celebrated as fine examples of commercial art and design and important markers of Australian social history. Brady Michaels and Dale Campisi spent a year on the road travelling the length and breadth of Australia looking for vintage advertising. The result

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Sydney Festival reveals full 2018 program, tapping into politics and the city’s heart

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Adelaide Festival yesterday announced its 2018 program, made up of more than ten high-profile Adelaide exclusives. But Sydney Festival’s Artistic Director Wesley Enoch today releases his 2018 program, saying that Australia’s major festival directors need to: “release ourselves from the needs to have exclusives and premieres and go ‘what’s right for the cultural life of the city?

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