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National Gallery gets an impressive collection of US printmaking
Review

National Gallery gets an impressive collection of US printmaking

The Kenneth Tyler Collection is a wonderful record of the extraordinary story of artist/printer collaborations in post-war America.

  • by Sasha Grishin
'EuroVisions' a 'curious exhibition' that lacks depth
Review

'EuroVisions' a 'curious exhibition' that lacks depth

It is like a box of chocolates that the Americans call 'samplers', where we are provided with a bit of everything and nothing much in particular.

  • by Sasha Grishin
At 85, Michael Taylor's work is still 'risky and provocative'
Review

At 85, Michael Taylor's work is still 'risky and provocative'

Taylor’s painting has lost none of its urgency, vigour or sureness of touch.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Found on my walk: Antonia Aitken's 'honest' print exhibition
Review

Found on my walk: Antonia Aitken's 'honest' print exhibition

Each person walks differently, notices different things, and carries their peculiar combination of intellectual and physical baggage.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Suburbia and the changing streets of your town

Suburbia and the changing streets of your town

Quirkiness and loveliness abound in Melbourne's suburbs and it's being documented by two photographers on a mission.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
'Uncomfortable truths': Boynes still pushing boundaries in exhibition
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'Uncomfortable truths': Boynes still pushing boundaries in exhibition

Boynes has refused to age gracefully and remains intent on revealing uncomfortable truths.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Sinister spaces in Rothschild, Baldessin and Whiteley

Sinister spaces in Rothschild, Baldessin and Whiteley

Curators, no less than artists, play with space, creating enclosures from expansiveness. A memorable example of this liberty is the large show Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions at the NGV Australia.

  • by Robert Nelson
'Fresh, challenging and gorgeous': LA art on show at the NGA

'Fresh, challenging and gorgeous': LA art on show at the NGA

California Cool is a new major exhibition at the National Gallery that examines, in considerable detail, the phenomenon of art in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Landscapes with expressive boldness and a sense of radiating colour
Review

Landscapes with expressive boldness and a sense of radiating colour

Kate Stevens' series of fairly naturalistic oil on canvas studies of the brown and gold landscape in the Braidwood has a visceral quality to the paintwork.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Some exquisite and challenging prints at Megalo
Review

Some exquisite and challenging prints at Megalo

Limited-edition editioning workshop Negative Press is at Megalo Print Gallery.

  • by Sasha Grishin
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Diverse collection of Western Desert Indigenous art is dazzling
Opinion

Diverse collection of Western Desert Indigenous art is dazzling

This exhibition is part of a remarkable gift of 120 paintings that Craig Edwards, of the law firm Maliganis Edwards Johnson, made to the ANU.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Pretty and tactile works created with amazing technique
Opinion

Pretty and tactile works created with amazing technique

The uniting thread in Catherine Woo's oeuvre is the idea of how she reacts to different environments.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Profound contemplation in sea paintings with a tinge of melancholy
Opinion

Profound contemplation in sea paintings with a tinge of melancholy

Thornton Walker's The sea and the folded cloth belongs in the category of slow art with d a Zen-like absorption into the fabric of the work.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Dark, prickly works where meaning is slippery and subversive
Opinion

Dark, prickly works where meaning is slippery and subversive

The artworks in Janenne Eaton's exhibitions at Nancy Sever Gallery and CCAS Gorman Arts Centre allude to narratives which are obvious and impenetrable.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Royal commission result news to those born yesterday
Opinion

Royal commission result news to those born yesterday

Perhaps we can save a lot of money and skip the aged care royal commission.

'Rome: City and Empire' an intriguing tour of refined propaganda
Opinion

'Rome: City and Empire' an intriguing tour of refined propaganda

The work is undoubtedly impressive through scale, craftsmanship and the sense of absolute authority.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Putting a touch of magic into everyday reality

Putting a touch of magic into everyday reality

Kirily Hammond's exhibition Lowlands at Beaver Galleries employs high romanticism with touches of the sublime to tackle suburban reality.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Peculiar and absurd existentialist vision with a touch of the surreal
Opinion

Peculiar and absurd existentialist vision with a touch of the surreal

In Graeme Drendel's On uneven ground at Beaver Galleries, the artist creates enigmatic narrative vignettes.

  • by Sasha Grishin
Baldessin revealed in joint NGV show with Sydney's flamboyant Whiteley

Baldessin revealed in joint NGV show with Sydney's flamboyant Whiteley

Lionised in his lifetime, the Melbourne-based artist is being introduced to a new audience.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
'Powerful': Black Mist exhibition explores the disturbing truth of Maralinga

'Powerful': Black Mist exhibition explores the disturbing truth of Maralinga

Black Mist, Burnt Country' is a powerful and disturbing exhibition that examines a very black page in the history of white Australia.

  • by Sasha Grishin