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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

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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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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The Red List: Mali Moir’s sublime tribute to vanished and disappearing wildlife


True compassion comes from knowledge and understanding. Part of what makes Mali Moir’s series of portraits of extinct and critically endangered species of wildlife from around the world so powerful is the way the works combine formal precision and technical brilliance with raw emotion. The title of Moir’s current exhibition refers to The Red List

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OzCo opens entry to Venice Biennale to everybody – but what strings are attached?

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In the recent Palme d’Or winning film The Square, Ruben Östlund satirises the very notion of contemporary art by exploring its contradictions outside the boundaries of the insular art world. The film’s title derives from an artwork that is a simple square within which, “we all share equal rights and obligations”. Upon entering “…you have

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Sydney Festival reveals full 2018 program, tapping into politics and the city’s heart


Adelaide Festival yesterday announced its 2018 program, made up of more than ten high-profile Adelaide exclusives. But Sydney Festival’s Artistic Director Wesley Enoch today releases his 2018 program, saying that Australia’s major festival directors need to: “release ourselves from the needs to have exclusives and premieres and go ‘what’s right for the cultural life of the city?

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Book review: Critical Care by Clive Parkinson

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It seems that every high street bookseller has shelves straining under the weight of 21st century doctrines for self-improvement — on how to be happy, think positively and achieve a state of wellbeing, whatever that is. This is a burgeoning industry which has crept into our consciousness over the last few years, epitomised by colouring

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Helen Razer comes to terms with art, eugenics and Bakelite (again)

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How to review a museum show that combines the thorny issues of rapid technological change, cataclysmic political movements, obsessive body image, racism and art?  Send a recognised ‘art critic’? No, send Helen Razer. The National Gallery of Victoria’s Brave New World at  Melbourne’s Federation Square closes this Sunday afternoon and Helen Razer is your friendly (and opinionated) gallery guide.

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