How hierarchies happen in contemporary Australian art
There are about 30,000 professional practicing visual artists in Australia today (see note).
There’s a wonderful exhibition at the NGA till 30th October 2016 – Diane Arbus: American portraits.
There’s a long story – about what has been going on behind closed doors about the future of Sydney’s art schools. What next?
Photographer Harold Cazneaux (1878-1953) is a giant in the history of Australian photography.
The Monash Gallery of Art has announced that Melbourne artist Valerie Sparks has won the 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize with her work ‘Prospero’s Island – North East’ featuring one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes.
Click here for a link to the artist’s website.
Click here for the link to Monash Gallery of Art
Here’s a review that points to the great work being done by Megalo artists. Megalo is a Canberra based open access print workshop. Click here.
One day soon I must tell my version of Megalo. I worked for the organisation from 1986 to 1991.
I can remember the first time, being around 1985, when I saw a Michael Taylor painting and can recall the effect it had on an artwork I was doing at the time.
We recently heard of the death of a great Australian photographer. Click here to see an essay on John from 2004.
Article and essays about the arts have become threatened species given the downturn in the newspapers.
The number of arts writers has continuously being reduced. So it is wonderful that a few survive.