This is what happens when art worlds collide

Sometimes the art world goes into overdrive and last weekend it was insane. Three big visual art events collided – Sydney Contemporary, Spring 1883 and The Other Art Fair. Add to this the closing weeks of the Archibald Prize and it was a deadly combination. Sydney Contemporary Stoked up by a coffee from the Eveleigh Markets, we scooted into the old railway workshops (where both … Continue reading This is what happens when art worlds collide

#Art and #death by firing squad: Myuran Sukumaran

This morning, Myuran Sukumaran was shot to death by firing squad on the island of Nusakambangan in Indonesia. Myuran was a convicted drug smuggler who spent 10 years on death row in Bali. He was also a rehabilited criminal, who studied fine arts to become an established artist in his own right; someone who could call Australian artist Ben Quilty, one of Australia’s most-popular contemporary artists, … Continue reading #Art and #death by firing squad: Myuran Sukumaran

Reuniting old faces. Ben Quilty is always fresh; the man we love to love @AWMemorial

When I lived in New York, I worked in an ad agency on Madison Avenue, just around the corner from MOMA and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Just like all things New York, the advertising agency I worked in was competitive, the best idea always won. The trick was coming up with the best idea. Sometimes in desperation I would escape onto the streets looking for inspiration. Sometimes I’d … Continue reading Reuniting old faces. Ben Quilty is always fresh; the man we love to love @AWMemorial

One of the best exhibitions in the world, ever: #darkheart at the Art Gallery of South Australia

It’s a big call I know but it’s true, Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia is magnificent. Sensation at the Royal Academy in London may have had shock and gore, but Dark Heart is all awe. It’s exceptionally well-curated, in way that Nick Mitzevich only knows how. Alex Seton’s Some died trying to have a life like mine is paired beautifully but … Continue reading One of the best exhibitions in the world, ever: #darkheart at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Why you want to bite into Ben Quilty’s work, just mind the nipples

I was lucky enough to stop by Ben Quilty‘s exhibition at the National Art School. Ben was the offical war artist in Afghanistan, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial. His works are staggering in scale and paintwork. It looks like he’s taken great slabs of paint and smeared them across the canvas. It makes the paint very meaty, very chunky and made me want to … Continue reading Why you want to bite into Ben Quilty’s work, just mind the nipples