Superheroes at GOMA: is this exhibition art, or just a social document?


In a good Fairfax piece this week reporting on a new pop-culture exhibition, Queensland journalist Andrew Stafford spoke with its curator. The work of Amanda Slack-Smith, and of many filmmakers and comic book artists, has attracted not just local media interest, but that of those abroad. The Hollywood Reporter welcomes the high-brow attention to superheroes

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Vive the Arts Republic! What Macron’s En Marche can show Australia’s artists


PJ Collins, the leader of Australia’s Arts Party – formed two years ago after Senator George Brandis’ failed attack on the Australia Council – argues that only when we become a Republic, will Australia truly appreciate and celebrate its creativity. *** It’s been fascinating to watch the rise of Emmanuel Macron in France. He’s the perfect foil to the slow

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Expert Witness: ‘LOVE Art of Emotion 1400-1800’ (NGV, Melbourne)

Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

Kirsten Albrecht is the owner of Kozminsky, a name synonymous with fine jewellery and decorative arts for 165 years in Melbourne. Albrecht speaks regularly on jewellery from the 18th century to today. Two months ago Kozminsky moved out of its Collins Street store and Albrecht is now on sabbatical while she considers Kozminsky 2018. Daily Review asked her to look at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Tracey Moffatt at the Venice Biennale: memories are made of this


“In Photography, as everyone knows, content is 90 percent of the ball game. To get good subject matter, you find it. This makes photography the only art form in which shopping is considered a talent” – Peter Plagen, ‘Fretting About Photos: Four Views’, Art in America, November, 1979 The lens and screen are omnipresent in Venice. Not only in

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Sydney Biennale appoints new Director and CEO

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker has been appointed the new Director and CEO of the Biennale of Sydney, due to join the organisation from July 1. She’ll work alongside Mami Kataoka, the Artistic Director of the 2018 Biennale of Sydney. Birnie Danzker hails from Brisbane, but has had an international career, including holding director, curatorial and scholarship positions at institutions

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What’s in the Federal budget for the arts? Nothing


While the Victorian Government poured money into the arts (but not artists) in its state budget last week, the Federal Government last night did nothing — unless you count the return of funds stolen from the Australia Council. Last night’s Scott Morrison budget formalised the previously announced return of $90.2 million over five years from 2016-17 to

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