When artists win, it’s worth more than just a gold medal

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Who’d be an Olympic athlete, eh? After years of thankless slog, committing hour upon gruelling hour to punishing training regimes and joyless calorie-controlled diets, striving for the merest chance to fly the native flag on sport’s most venerated international stage, the braying masses back home, lolling on the sofa, sneer at anything but gold. If

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Win tickets to see Mick Harvey (and Degas: A New Vision) at the NGV


To complement the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Degas: A New Vision, the National Gallery of Victoria stays open late with Friday Nights at NGV. Running over thirteen weeks from 24 June to 16 September, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition, music, short talks, food and bars, and performances by local and international acts. This winter, rock,

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‘The racist is present’: Marina Abramovic slammed for Aboriginal comments

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Controversial performance artist Marina Abramovic has come under fire for a passage in her new book which says indigenous Australians are “dinosaurs” and “look terrible”. The passage from her forthcoming memoir, Walk Through Walls reads: “They look like dinosaurs. They are really strange and different, and they should be treated as living treasures. Yet they are not.

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Artist Tom Alberts on the ‘unresolved’ tensions and beauty of Edgar Degas’ work


The National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster Degas: A New Vision is being talked about in artists’ circles as the best survey of the French Master’s work we’re likely to see in our lifetime. Daily Review recently overheard a clutch of artists visiting the exhibition. They were enthusing over Degas’ 1872 oil painting The Song Rehearsal of two women

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Barrie Kosky’s opera smash-hit ‘Saul’ to headline Adelaide Festival 2017

Director; Barrie Kosky,
Saul; Christopher Purves,
David; Iestyn Davies,
Merab; Lucy Crowe,
Michal; Sophie Bevan,
Jonathan; Paul Appleby,
High Priest; Benjamin Hulett,
Witch of Endor; John Graham_Hall,

Anyone who was lucky enough to see David Sefton’s final program as artistic director of the Adelaide Festival last year, featuring Tanz Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the National Theatre of Scotland’s acclaimed James Plays, and a jaw-dropping arena spectacular by France’s Groupe F, will know that it was always going to be a tough act to

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Melbourne Festival 2016 — for a town where small is big

Jonathanweb Holloway _ cr. Toni Wilkinson

New Melbourne Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway unveiled his 2016 program tonight. The much travelled British director aims to show how there’s big thinking behind small-scale art this October.  What do you give to someone who has everything? It’s a question that’s been on the mind of the Melbourne Festival’s new director, Jonathan Holloway, except he’s not catering for just one tough customer,

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Book now for ‘Learning from the Masters’ Masterclass with Tom Alberts

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Daily Review in conjunction with the Hotel for the Arts, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is offering readers another opportunity to learn from, and work with one of Australia’s creative masters whether they are beginners or established in their chosen field. Previous sold-out Masterclasses have been taught by visual artists Lewis Miller and Peter Wegner and writer Joanna

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Sydney’s war on culture continues – first nightclubs, now art colleges

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

As if a shutdown on Sydney night life wasn’t enough (courtesy of its lock-out laws), Mike Baird’s NSW government and some of the city’s leading tertiary institutions are now chasing down creativity. Controversy has erupted in Sydney’s arts community over plans for the University of NSW to merge the National Art School founded in 1922 on the site of the historic

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