contemporary art and public galleries

Why does contemporary art make for wildly popular blockbusters?

This article was originally published at Aeon and has been republished under Creative Commons.

For Americans who love art by the likes of Hans Holbein, Édouard Manet, Georges Braque and Paul Klee, dark times lie ahead.

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MONA’s The Museum of Everything

The compulsion to create: ‘outsider art’ at MONA’s The Museum of Everything
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NGA Filipino art review – part 2

More on the review on ArtsHub by Gina Fairley

There was an earlier comment by Arts Hub on issues around the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition of Filipino art.

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Charles Blackman

The schoolgirls of Charles Blackman – haunting works from a politically innocent age

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Part of Charles Blackman’s The Exchange, 1952, oil on plywood on composition board. 91.7 x 91.7 cm. National Gallery of Victoria © Charles Blackman
Sasha Grishin, Australian National University

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Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh and the Seasons is a sensitively curated crowd-pleaser despite a paucity of masterpieces

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A detail from Vincent Van Gogh’s A wheatfield, with cypresses, early September 1889.National Gallery, London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London

Anita Pisch, Australian National University

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The National 2017

Exhibition Review : Review by John McDonald

His heading says it all – The National: three galleries and 48 artists adds up to mostly lacklustre affair.

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The National 2017

Exhibition Review : Review by Sasha Grishin

Sasha’s review was very cautious – and he seems to have avoided any criticisms. Click here.

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NGA Filipino art review

A review on ArtsHub by Gina Fairley

click here for the review – but sit down and prepare yourself as it is a bit of a scorcher!

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The National 2017

Exhibition Review : The National at the Art Gallery of NSW

My reactions? Ernest, many social issues, not much fun, no contemporary photography, installations, some painting, and a feeling that you may have seen much of this before.

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Planetary Gardening at photoaccess

Exhibition curated by Ashley Lumb and Laura McLean

This curated group exhibition is a mixed bag of artworks in various media – which is not necessarily a good or bad thing.

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MoMA protests Trump ban

more on the MoMa’s action to promote art from Trump banned countries.

New Yorkers have reacted positively to the actions by MoMa to change some of the western art on exhibition for art by artists from countries banned by Trump. Click on the image above for the story.

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Australian Impressionism

review: Australia’s Impressionists at National Gallery London

A good review of these Australian works in the London exhibition – click on the image for the link to The Guardian

Townsville Perc Tucker Gallery

Another hit by corporate consultants

townsvilleTwo stories that provide an overview of what happens when a local council takes the advice of the latest fashionable corporate consultants.

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Jonathan Jones on painting

A second coat: why painting is the comeback art of the 21st century
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Could just as easily be painted on a wall in London or Cairo … David Salle’s Angels in the Rain (1998) at the Saatchi gallery. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

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Tuggeranong Arts, journeys, soul searching, lost souls

refugees-P1210263The Tuggeranong Arts Centre Gallery has three exhibitions on till the end of October that make the visit worth while – and more. Continue reading “Tuggeranong Arts, journeys, soul searching, lost souls”

Abstract Expressionism at the RA London

The Royal Academy of Art & Abstract Expressionism
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Last time I saw Blue Poles it was on temporary exhibition alone in a room at the NGA.
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Artist and Empire

National Gallery Singapore exhibition

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Organised in association with Tate Britain, the Gallery’s second international exhibition explores the different ways in which the British Empire has been represented and contested through art.

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