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It looks like a colour chart, but it’s code for the artist’s heart

It looks like a colour chart, but it’s code for the artist’s heart

Artist Robert Owen - the subject of a current survey at Heide - accumulates ideas like a bower bird. But some pieces hint at deeper currents of meaning.

  • by John McDonald

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Exhibition an SOS to save our future

Exhibition an SOS to save our future

It isn’t the tree’s age-old, symbolic significance that forms the focus of this exhibition; it’s the destruction of wilderness that threatens the very basis of human life.

  • by John McDonald
What makes the cut in a revisionist look at Australian impressionism?
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What makes the cut in a revisionist look at Australian impressionism?

An intelligent new show respects history - and adds recognition of female and Indigenous artists - while keeping the worst ideological fantasies at bay.

  • by John McDonald
What’s hot in new Australian art? Find out in the best National yet
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What’s hot in new Australian art? Find out in the best National yet

The contemporary art exhibition is held across three Sydney galleries every second year. This year is the best yet - and the Museum of Contemporary Art triumphs.

  • by John McDonald
The Little Mermaid spreads dollops of joy

The Little Mermaid spreads dollops of joy

A shared love of dance overcomes any shortfalls in this adaption of the Hans Christian Andersen story.

  • by Jill Sykes
An unfinished landscape: She-Oak show sheds new light on classics

An unfinished landscape: She-Oak show sheds new light on classics

The NGV’s new exhibition of Australian Impressionism is beautiful and absorbing. It also breaks new ground - but not as much as it could have.

  • by Tiarney Miekus
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This exhibition is so phenomenal I saw it three days in row
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This exhibition is so phenomenal I saw it three days in row

If this show was staged at Tate Modern or the Museum of Modern Art, Australia’s Clarice Beckett would be hailed as a figure of world renown.

  • by John McDonald
Papunya Tula: 50 years since wood off-cuts inspired tectonic shift
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Papunya Tula: 50 years since wood off-cuts inspired tectonic shift

The art movement that began, modestly, in the Northern Territory in 1971 now offers work with an effortless sense of grandeur.

  • by John McDonald
The National: using art to tell stories of family who could not speak

The National: using art to tell stories of family who could not speak

Artists and their parents become co-conspirators in The National using their work to uncover the power, tension and possibility posed by generational ties.

  • by Neha Kale
While not wholly successful, immersive piece shows ambition

While not wholly successful, immersive piece shows ambition

Feeling part of Vincent van Gogh’s final journey provides a sense of temporary community despite its missed opportunities.

  • by Cassie Tongue
Pioneer sculptor Margel Hinder took on our infatuation with gum trees
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Pioneer sculptor Margel Hinder took on our infatuation with gum trees

Margel Hinder’s modernist sculptures fill civic spaces throughout NSW. Now a retrospective tells of her challenge to an infatuation with paintings of gum trees.

  • by John McDonald