Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran’s gut-wrenching debut exhibition opens

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The title for the first major exhibition of art works by Myuran Sukumaran, Another Day in Paradise, came directly from the executed drug smuggler himself. Those words appeared in a subject line of an email sent to artist and Sukumaran’s mentor Ben Quilty, following a particularly violent riot at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison. For the last four years

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The National: Sydney’s major new biennial reveals 2017 line-up

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The Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks have this morning announced 49 artists who will be presenting work for the inaugural The National: New Australian Art.  The single curated program will be held across the three venues from March 30, 2017. It will be the city’s largest exhibition focused on contemporary

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Driving in the dark — watch artist William Mackinnon on ‘psychological landscapes’

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Melbourne artist William Mackinnon, who has a new exhibition of works at Jan Murphy Gallery in Brisbane from November 19 until December 15, has been showing his work since 2002. Since then, he has quickly built a reputation at home and abroad for his darkly mysterious and slightly unsettling images of moments caught beyond the urban fringes. Roads, bridges, lonely beach shacks and caravans brood

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The art of war is both haunting and hopeful

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“An extraordinary quilt of terror and strangeness” is how writer Richard Flanagan describes Ben Quilty’s artwork made from life jackets worn by desperate Syrian asylum seekers seeking refuge in Europe. The colourful yet ominous wall “paintings” appear in stark contrast to a collection of elaborate white wedding gowns made by a young refugee which are also

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David Hockney opens his old and new-tech show at Melbourne’s NGV

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Yorkshire-born artist David Hockney opened his solo exhibition David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria this morning. The 79 year old artist, best known for his images of sybaritic Los Angeles where he lives, is showing more than 1200 paintings, videos, photographs and prints, many of them new. Hockney has created new work on his

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Razer reviews budding photographer Lisa Wilkinson and her ‘Women of influence’

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On Friday evening in Melbourne, popular broadcast journalist Lisa Wilkinson unveiled her debut exhibition of portrait photographs at a splendid event catered to a Spring Carnival standard, and, no, I don’t know why in fuck I was invited, either. Still. Life would be very little if we did not exploit its administrative oversights, and so

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Viktor and Rolf fashion artists dress Melbourne

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Dutch duo Viktor&Rolf are the fashion world’s answer to Gilbert and George, which might be the reason you”ll find 40 of their haute couture garments dramatically displayed inside the National Gallery of Victoria from today. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have been in Melbourne this week for the opening of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists (on show until February 26),

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