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Limelight fights back with two new owners new to publishing


The respected arts and classical musical magazine and website Limelight has been rescued from its financial  troubles and bought for an undisclosed sum by two men with no experience in publishing. But they do have a fervent belief in the future of the magazine and its place in Australia’s cultural landscape. Both music lovers and longtime readers of the magazine,

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Guess who’s going to the Venice Biennale?

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News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

The Australia Council announced the Australian artist to represent Australia at Venice Biennale 2019 this morning with a selection panel headed by artist Callum Morton choosing his Anna Schwartz Gallery stablemate, Angelica Mesiti. The curator of her show will be Juliana Engberg. The pair were selected by Morton and his panel as Australia’s representation at the 58th International

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Have your say before the political class takes it away


Last July, non-profit environmental organisations received a letter from the Australian Government which The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor characterised as having “ominous implications”. It asked them, for the first time, to curtail their commitment to promoting the public good by rethinking the time and resources they devote to public advocacy. A few days later, Peter Dutton was

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Australia Council Awards recipients announced for 2018


The Australia Council has announced the 2018 recipients of Australia Council award which “recognise and celebrate the significant contributions of leading artists to the artistic and cultural vibrancy of the nation”. The winners, nominated by industry peers, are: Bruce Pascoe (VIC) – Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature Liza Lim (VIC) – Australia

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Six Perth Festival visual arts reviews

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Exhibitions, Reviews, Visual Arts |

Lisa Reihana, Emissaries; Zadok Ben-David, Human Nature; Pilar Mata Dupont, Undesirable Bodies; Christopher Charles, Banjawarn; Kimsooja, Sewing/Walking and Zone of Nowhere: Most of the Festival works I’ve engaged with this week have awakened my sense of place. This is an especially fragile and contested question for white Australians generally, white Western Australians in particular, and

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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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