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Brooklyn Museum’s single work Basquiat show is a crass pile of money

Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

I love the Brooklyn Museum. They have mounted some fantastically good shows, from Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection at the end of the last century to Kehinde Wiley, Marilyn Minter and We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 more recently. That is why their current show, One Basquiat, is such a profound disappointment.

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The Production Company announces 2018 season as it celebrates its 20th year

Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

The Production Company (TPC) announced its 2018 season this morning in Melbourne at Raheen, the home of its founder Jeanne Pratt. The three shows see the return of The Boy from Oz with Caroline O’Connor as Judy Garland,  a revival of Oklahoma! starring Helpmann Award winners Simon Gleeson (pictured above, left) and Anna O’Byrne and the Australian premiere of

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Limelight is back for its March edition as a third party comes to its rescue

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News & Commentary |

Arts Illuminated Pty Ltd, the publisher of Limelight magazine, has announced that an “interested party” has come forward to work with the magazine’s staff to ensure the ongoing publication of the magazine. In a statement, the company said: “Detailed planning is currently underway, but in the meantime the publication of the March edition has been assured. 

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Victorian Opera gets new home

Victorian Opera
News & Commentary |

Victorian Opera, formerly based at the heritage-listed Horti Hall in Melbourne’s CBD, will house itself in a new home in the inner city suburb of West Melbourne from mid-2018. A former commercial plasterboard warehouse will be “transformed into a state-of-the-art facility” designed by Rara Architecture, The new building will see Victorian Opera gain a second rehearsal studio, dedicated coaching

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Artwork planned to mark the Stolen Generations’ Bringing Them Home report

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Artist Reko Rennie, who is known for his work eliciting discussion about Aboriginal culture, identity and history, will create a permanent public artwork to pay tribute to and honour the struggles of the Stolen Generations. Known as The Marker, it will be unveiled in Melbourne on May 26 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report

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A big noise is coming to a theatre near you (whether musicians like it or not)

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Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

This year, Monash University in Melbourne’s east will re-open its Alexander Theatre in a new complex to be known as the Ian Potter Performing Arts Centre. Its $45 million upgrade includes a new digital sound system created by the US acousticians, Meyer Sound. Below, Duncan Webb, writing for our American editorial partner The Clyde Fitch Report, says that

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When a parade becomes a weapon

News & Commentary |

Now that Donald Trump has decreed that America shall have a military parade unlike any seen throughout history. It can only be a matter of time before Australia follows suit. We are, after all, the deputy sheriff. We may have Anzac Day, to which the US has Veterans Day on November 11 (our Remembrance Day

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