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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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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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Perth Festival reviews: Siren Song, Beyond Time, Repatriate, Museum of Water, Attractor

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Dance, Reviews, Stage, Theatre, Visual Arts |

Actor, writer and regular Daily Review contributor, Humphrey Bower has been engaged by the Perth Festival as a “Festival Navigator“. He navigates its first week of performances below.  The opening ceremony Gnarnk-Ba Karla Waarnginy (‘Speaking Fires of our Mother’) took place at the west end of St George’s Terrace: hardly the most obviously scenic spot, despite

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Rare news: Australian politicians admit their love and respect of the arts

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

The arts and the political world exist largely in isolation from one another in Australia. Artists and politicians don’t tend to meet regularly, or respond to one another’s work, or rely on each other’s perspective, or call on one another’s advice. Why is that? Yes, both are incredibly busy and incredibly determined. Both can get

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New York’s Metropolitan Museum new entry fee is an unfair tax on tourists

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Most art historians are well aware of Stendahl’s Syndrome. My dictionary defines it as “a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art over an inordinately long period of time.” With the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fat new $US25 admission charge, we can expect

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Purging art from public places: it’s not censorship, just contextualising

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Excellent! Manchester Art Gallery has taken down the excruciatingly gorgeous and silly Hylas and the Nymphs painting by pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse, because of the way it depicts women. Does this mean we can expect a purging of the walls? Down comes Gauguin’s Tahitian Women from the walls of the Met for starters. Manet’s

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Australian Galleries and John Kelly support an arts journalism prize with a special Daily Review offer

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Daily Review readers will be familiar with the writings of the UK born, Australian raised and Ireland-based artist John Kelly who this year was nominated for a Walkley award for excellence in arts journalism. Kelly was recognised for his essay in Daily Review which examined the coterie of art dealers and billionaire collectors who act as cultural

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Finding a sense of place – from Arnhem Land to the Mornington Peninsula


Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has long been a subject of evocative landscape art. At the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery this summer the exhibition Coast: the artists’ retreat, comprises both historic and contemporary takes on this. In the Peninsula’s hinterland at the McCulloch family’s Whistlewood Gallery at Shoreham, the subject is explored in different manner through the

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