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Jars bear artistic meaning in a world gone to pot

Jars bear artistic meaning in a world gone to pot

Archaeologists of the future will gain an unique insight into these strange, fearful days should they unearth Sassy Park’s apothecary jars.

  • by Karen Pakula

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Sidney Nolan’s modernist truth speaks to ancient myths

Sidney Nolan’s modernist truth speaks to ancient myths

A suite of Sidney Nolan works inspired by an ancient tale of rape and war are on show at TarraWarra.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
Purchase history: Melbourne stores that have stood the test of time

Purchase history: Melbourne stores that have stood the test of time

Most of these sturdy local institutions have been around long enough to weather two world wars, and now two pandemics.

  • by Patricia Maunder
‘Your face looks like the Metro train service’: a new vision from art’s outsiders

‘Your face looks like the Metro train service’: a new vision from art’s outsiders

Neurodivergent artists take centre stage in an international arts platform that crosses outdated boundaries.

  • by Kylie Northover
The enduring elegance of Chanel triumphs at the NGV

The enduring elegance of Chanel triumphs at the NGV

The designer’s controversial glamour dominates a show dedicated to her design talent

  • by Damien Woolnough
Wonder in unlikely places: decoding the art of Jeffrey Smart

Wonder in unlikely places: decoding the art of Jeffrey Smart

The artist was notorious for his unwillingness to explain. An Italian art crawl offered some clues to a young critic with a head full of half-baked ideas.

  • by John McDonald
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‘It was just a great pleasure’: Herald photographer wins prestigious prize

‘It was just a great pleasure’: Herald photographer wins prestigious prize

Sydney Morning Herald photographer Janie Barrett has won the documentary prize in this year’s Australian Photography Awards.

  • by Nick Galvin
It was once home to thousands of prisoners, now it’s set to be Sydney’s next museum

It was once home to thousands of prisoners, now it’s set to be Sydney’s next museum

Millions in funding has been granted to “secure, restore and preserve the culture, heritage and future use” of a three-hectare heritage precinct.

  • by Linda Morris
How the ‘Last Leonardo’ transcended art to become a geopolitical tool

How the ‘Last Leonardo’ transcended art to become a geopolitical tool

A main figure in a new documentary about controversial painting Salvator Mundi says in the hands of its Saudi owner it has become a “political object”.

  • by Nick Miller
Californian artist Doug Aitken blends natural and digital worlds in Sydney show
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Californian artist Doug Aitken blends natural and digital worlds in Sydney show

The Californian artist brings his video, photography, sculpture, performance, and installations in nature, to Sydney.

  • by John McDonald
‘We can change the way we look at it’: reframing an ancient tale of rape

‘We can change the way we look at it’: reframing an ancient tale of rape

Heather B. Swann’s women confront their attackers in a contemporary response to Leda and the Swan.

  • by Gabriella Coslovich