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

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

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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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Sydney Biennale announces its 2018 program called ‘Superposition’ (It’s a quantum mechanical term)

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The Biennale of Sydney has announced the 70 artists who will present work at seven venues across Sydney for the 45th anniversary of the event to be held from March 16 until June 11, 2018. The curatorial theme for next year’s biennale is “SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement” which, like most catch-all curatorial themes, can be interpreted in many ways. The  21st Biennale

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Get set for Mad March in Adelaide as French Impressionists land

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The Musée d’Orsay in Paris is sending 65 of its Impressionist master works by Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro, Cézanne and others to Adelaide’s Art Gallery of South Australia from March 29 to July 29, 2018. Titled Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, the exhibition will  “chart the revolution of colour that lies at the

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Hal Hattam picture gallery

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Exhibitions, News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Hal Hattam (1913-1994) was an unusual combination of obstetrician and artist. Although never formally trained as an artist, the Scottish born Hattam (who arrived in Australia at age 7) was a contemporary of Fred Williams and John Perceval with whom he often went on painting excursions in late 1950s and 1960s. Hattam was part of a circle

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Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum (AGNSW, Sydney)

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

While Western Europe’s 17th century was disfigured by both religious wars and wars of territorial ambition, Holland a land reclaimed from the sea, nonetheless prospered. When she extricated itself from Spanish control to become Europe’s first republic, the stage was set for a breathtaking trajectory. As Holland became fabulously wealthy from trade, shipping, insurance and banking,

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