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Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the Deputy Arts Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Off with their heads: what happens to Archibald Prize portraits that nobody wants?

Andrew Taylor Guy Maestri entered the Archibald Prize "probably eight or nine times" before he won in 2009 with his portrait of singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

NSW artists shunned in this year's national Indigenous art prize

Sydney-based artist Tony Albert with We Can Be Heroes 2013-14, winner of last year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Andrew Taylor No artists from NSW, ACT and Tasmania are among the 65 finalists in this year's self-styled leading national prize for Indigenous art.

Eight seconds between dust and glory for bull riders

Professional bull rider Cody Heffernan prepares for another rough ride.

Andrew Taylor Eight seconds hardly seems long enough for Cody Heffernan to demonstrate poise, grace and control.

Margaret Olley's early classics share joys of still life

Andrew Taylor An admirer of Margaret Olley, Barry Humphries was a regular visitor to the late artist's house in Duxford Street, Paddington.

Australian Museum: Descendant steps onto site of Gerard Krefft's shock sacking

Angus Brodie sits in the chair his ancestor, Gerard Krefft, was seated in when he was physically removed from the Australian Museum by two prizefighters in 1874.

Andrew Taylor Gerard Krefft's controversial sacking in 1874 might have been the first case of wrongful dismissal in NSW.

Ben Quilty, Guy Maestri and friends down brushes to form a (middle-aged) boy band

Artists Leslie Rice, Andre de Borde, Guy Maestri and Ben Quilty band together for a one-off charity gig.

Andrew Taylor Australia's art stars step out of the studio for a "terrifying" new project.

Goldberg collection: Why Australia's public art institutions will not show emerging artists

Andrew Taylor A dog urinating red paint against a wall might not be to everyone's liking but it is one of Danny Goldberg's favourite acquisitions.

Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton downs paintbrushes to sit for portrait

Marc Etherington's portrait of Del Kathryn Barton entered in this year's Archibald Prize.

Andrew Taylor Marc Etherington admits he was "super scared" when he asked two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton if he could paint her portrait.

Ballet and opera affected as Sydney Opera House closes for maintenance in 2017

Renovator's delight: The Sydney Opera House's Joan Sutherland Theatre will be closed for seven months in 2017 while $45 million of maintenance is carried out.

Andrew Taylor The Sydney Opera House will be partially closed in 2017, forcing the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia to move performances to another venue.

Aussie musical stalks into New York despite Australia Council rejection

Michele Lansdown (left), Melody Beck and Blake Erickson prepare to take Stalker: The Musical to the New York International Fringe Festival.

Andrew Taylor Stalker: The Musical will open in August as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Marina Abramovic aims to change the world with a humble grain of rice

Visitors to Abramovic's performance will have to give up watches and smartphones

Andrew Taylor As one of the leading proponents of performance art she's known for whipping, cutting and burning herself, but Marina Abramovic's latest show begins with something much simpler - a humble grain of...

5 Seconds of Summer kick off Australian tour

5 Seconds of Summer at Allphones Arena before their Sydney show.

Andrew Taylor Success has come at a price for 5 Seconds of Summer singer guitarist Luke Hemmings.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival: Dame Edna, a Russian beautician and Pauline Hanson steal the show

Dame Edna comes out of retirement (again) to steal the show on the opening night of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Andrew Taylor It's rare to hear an apology from Dame Edna, yet even the purple-haired suburban megastar was moved to acknowledge how long the audience and their bladders had waited to see her at the Adelaide...

Museum of Contemporary Art upsets Marina Abramovic by cancelling retrospective

Andrew Taylor World-renowned artist Marina Abramovic says she is "so sorry" the MCA has cancelled a retrospective of her work planned for next year.

A Cavalier approach: Investigation of Art Gallery of NSW's stolen painting mishandled

Still missing: <i>A Cavalier</i>, a self-portrait by Dutch painter Frans van Mieris was stolen from the Art Gallery of NSW in June 2007.

Andrew Taylor The investigation into the theft of a multimillion dollar painting from the Art Gallery of NSW could have been handled better, crime experts and senior police from Australia and the United States...

Why Storm Large intimidates men, liberates women and is the envy of Dame Edna

Andrew Taylor It could be her height or perhaps her honesty. But singer Storm Large is often told that men find her intimidating.

Blame game: Auction houses and dealers 'complicit' in art crime

Renowned artists Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson stand outside the Dickerson Gallery in Woollahra in 2010 watching the court-ordered destruction of fake paintings.

Andrew Taylor Art crime is on the rise in Australia and auction houses and art dealers must shoulder some of the blame, a gathering of police and academics will be told.

Film, dance and art collide in Carriageworks' 24 Frames Per Second exhibition

Tony Albert and Stephen Page's <i>Moving Targets</i> was inspired by the shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers by police in King's Cross in April 2012.

Andrew Taylor Carriageworks has given 24 artists, dancers and filmmakers an open commission to create new multidisciplinary works.

Wesley Enoch appointed new Sydney Festival artistic director

New Sydney Festival director Wesley Enoch.

Andrew Taylor The Sydney Festival has appointed Wesley Enoch as its next director.

The former French first lady Carla Bruni's dalliance with a Paris Combo

Paris Combo: (from left) Potzi, Belle du Berry, Emmanuel Chabbey, Francois Jeannin and David Lewis.

Andrew Taylor How Australian musician David Lewis, from Paris Combo, recorded an album with the former French first lady in secret.