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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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Therese Ritchie finds Love in Darwin


Darwin artist Therese Ritchie is currently showing over 80 photographs in an exhibition called LOVE. Following her previous show But you’re not ugly, LOVE is a vignette of both men and women’s experiences of vulnerability, trust and sexuality. Ritchie describes the project below.  *** The process of how the portraits came about is simple, but its alchemy is difficult

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Win tickets to NGV Friday Nights with Electric Fields


Pioneers of Japanese pop rock Shonen Knife, Los Angeles-based electro-R&B musician Nite Jewel and multi-platinum Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke headline the spring season of NGV Friday Nights. The season culminates in a special Saturday night performance by Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble (UK/France), the most recent collaboration led by Sadier, a founding member of Stereolab. NGV Friday Nights continues to offer its popular combination

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Where does Gareth Sansom sit in the batting order?


Artist John Kelly visits the National Gallery of Victoria’s Transformer, a retrospective of Melbourne artist Gareth Sansom, an influential teacher — and once a handy leg spinner for Essendon — whose work has frequently alluded to the game of cricket.  *** I was a student when Gareth Sansom opened an exhibition at RMIT University in the early

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