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Gallery: Judith Van Heeren’s Sea Garden at Murray White Room, Melbourne

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Judith Van Heeren’s new exhibition of natural history paintings, Sea Garden, is at Murray White Room in Melbourne’s CBD until May 5 . Sea Garden was partly inspired by the 1769 painting Sea Plumes, Lithophytes and Shells by Anne Vallayer-Coster in the Louvre. “The painting is just so exquisitely painted and full of mystery and intrigue. At that time I imagined the oceans

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Nick Mitzevich is the director of the National Gallery of Australia, surprising no-one

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Nick Mitzevich, the current director of the the Art Galllery of South Australia and a former director of the University of Queensland Art Museum and Newcastle Region Art Gallery will lead Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia (NGA) from July 2. Mitzevich takes over from Gerard Vaughan, who will retire after he was appointed in 2014 and championed by the gallery’s chairman Allan Myers who

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Alice in Wonderland: Adrenaline- Junkie, Justice-Freak

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The exhibition Wonderland now on at Melbourne’s ACMI begins with Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book Alice in Wonderland and follows Alice’s journey through her many cinematic appearances from 1930’s silent Alice in Wonderland to the recent Tim Burton blockbusters. The exhibition looks at the importance of Lewis Carroll’s creation, and how technological innovations and filmmakers’ unique voices have added intriguing new layers

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Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Affection at GOMA, Brisbane


In what is the largest solo show of Patricia Piccinini works ever staged in Australia, Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection, which opened at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Friday, is both a beautiful and creepy experience. Taking up the entire ground floor of the vast GOMA building, with a one of the works reaching its pinnacle in

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The network of connections behind Australia’s Venice Biennale choices

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In the past two years, artist and writer John Kelly has chronicled the small group of wealthy collectors and commercial gallery dealers who collectively determine who is chosen as the artist to represent Australia at each Venice Biennale. The event is the most important and prestigious contemporary art show in the world, which is why millions of dollars of Australian taxpayers’ dollars are spent on the

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Limelight fights back with two new owners new to publishing


The respected arts and classical musical magazine and website Limelight has been rescued from its financial  troubles and bought for an undisclosed sum by two men with no experience in publishing. But they do have a fervent belief in the future of the magazine and its place in Australia’s cultural landscape. Both music lovers and longtime readers of the magazine,

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Guess who’s going to the Venice Biennale?

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The Australia Council announced the Australian artist to represent Australia at Venice Biennale 2019 this morning with a selection panel headed by artist Callum Morton choosing his Anna Schwartz Gallery stablemate, Angelica Mesiti. The curator of her show will be Juliana Engberg. The pair were selected by Morton and his panel as Australia’s representation at the 58th International

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Have your say before the political class takes it away


Last July, non-profit environmental organisations received a letter from the Australian Government which The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor characterised as having “ominous implications”. It asked them, for the first time, to curtail their commitment to promoting the public good by rethinking the time and resources they devote to public advocacy. A few days later, Peter Dutton was

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