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Articles by W H Chong

RIP Martin Sharp, an artist of pure unadulterated joy

As a graphic designer I was turned on by Martin Sharp, long after he had tuned in and dropped out of London and returned to Sydney. His art was still mind-blowing years later. “I’d love to turn you on,” offered the Beatles in 1967, the year Martin Sharp produced the amazing cover art for Cream’s Disraeli […]

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RIP Martin Sharp, an artist of pure unadulterated joy

His art made naughtiness fun, psychedelia even more psychedelic and Sydney a city of joy. Australian pop artist Martin Sharp has an artistic legacy to be proud of, writes WH Chong.

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Remembering Jeffrey: he was Smart, but was he good for art?

One of two reasons we talk about Jeffrey Smart (1921-2013) is that he was one of the last of a famous generation of Australian artists born into a world of full modernism, far-flung from it though we were. Take Russell Drysdale (1912-1981); Albert Tucker (1914-1999); Donald Friend (1915-1989); Sidney Nolan (1917-1992); Arthur Boyd (1920-1999);  Joy […]

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Culture Mulcher’s 2010: book, sonic and visual mulching …

The book industry has suddenly, shockingly, entered its own strange zone, a state of imminent crisis as it slips from brute pulp to the ethereal electronic.

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A peculiar bunch of gallery creatures

Knob — a seven-foot high, nine-footed beast topped with an enormous bulbous mass covered in fine, fine hair. That bulging black knob caps firmly nine long, transparent legs, washed in delicate veils of blue-black ink, as finely drawn and sure, and elegant, as a line by Donald Friend. It is strange, it is amazing, it is the […]

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Cook Ramona Koval’s Bubba’s Sponge

At some point towards dessert, the Book Show’s Ramona Koval offered W H Chong the recipe for her Bubba’s Birthday Sponge. Bubba being Yiddish for grandma, that’s really birthday cake for the littlies.

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‘Careless’ governance at Meanjin: former ed on the storied journal

To lose one editor is a misfortune; to lose two or three, damned careless. So said Jim Davidson, a former Meanjin editor, who had some pointed words for the current management. W.H. Chong was there.

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Culture Multure: the Dame Joan effect

The Dame Joan effect — a voice that sounded like a throat crammed with 20 nightingales all trilling at once.

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Truth wins out as crime (shock, horror!) wins the Miles Franklin

It looks like crime, and sounds like crime, and sells like crime, but — it’s Literature!

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Marr on Rudd: ‘BHP and Rio Tinto want to destroy the government’

David Marr is a man not short of an opinion.

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Crikey Blogs | EUROPE|

Endless flow of predictable bollocks on stilts (Brown, Cameron and Clegg)

Maybe it’s schadenfreude but it’s better fun following other Anglophone elections, says W H Chong, as he talks the UK debate, David Cameron’s tie and Gordon Brown’s theme song as sung by Amy Winehouse.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

How to draw a kookaburra

It’s a challenge to sketch such fugitive subjects like kookaburras and cockatoos but the point is to observe, explains W H Chong, as he shares his drawings of a kookaburra in progress. Tip: start with the head.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

A Wynne-lose for Sam Leach and his judges

It’s fine line between plagiarism and inspiration in the art world, with the winner of the Wynne prize coming under fire for his painting’s resemblance to a 17th century Dutch landscape. Should we really encourage copying? asks W H Chong.

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Crikey Blogs | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

How we work — if we’re artists, writers, Fred Astaire or Ricky Gervais

W H Chong examines the wisdom from writers, designers and other arty types on how to balance the creative juices with actually getting some work done. Like, don’t allow yourself a cuppa.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS|

The Australian Ugliness: a tale of two book covers

Cover designer of the 50th anniversary edition of Robin Boyd’s The Australian Ugliness W H Chong meets with the original cover designer to compare their coincidently startling similar covers.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

My Earth Hour dinner party

W H Chong shows just how Earth Hour should be: beeswax candles, a different look at a dimmed Sydney skyline and a convivial dinner party including portraits of interesting guests.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

The Archibald: Why it matters and why it doesn’t

The Archibald Prize is Australia’s most popular art prize. But why is it important, why isn’t it and why is everyone obsessed with it? W H Chong offers both a long and a short art history lesson.

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Crikey Blogs | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Wordwatch: gay, or ssam and ssaf?

Apparently young folk don’t use the word “gay” anymore — it’s “same sex attracted males” and “same sex attracted females”. Should we now saw SSAM and SSAF? asks W.H. Chong. And will they have ssaf sex?

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Crikey Blogs | THE REST|

Life as a soldier in Afghanistan

A remarkable photo essay by AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder on the lives of American troops in Afghanistan gives a small insight into the fear and horror of the work, says W H Chong.

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Crikey Blogs | UNITED STATES|

Barack the Barbarian: comic book hero

Only nine months into President Obama’s term and the enthusiasm gap has gone the wrong way on the Democrats. Thank goodness one other American measure of public feeling is going his way.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

Can you judge a book by my cover?

People were critical of his cover for Nick Cave’s novel, featuring as it did a lass with her legs open. Now an eBay seller has censored it. Crikey blogger and book cover designer WH Chong wonders what you think.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

Weekend read: Damien Hirst’s £500,000 pencils stolen

£500,000 pencils? Don’t worry, Chong explains all with the story of a graffiti artist turned thief who’s landed in big big trouble. The moral of the tale: contemporary artists have no sense of humour.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS|

If Sci-fi is a genre, then so is Literature

While the debate rages over Peter Craven’s criticism of Aboriginal writing in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature WH Chong considers a wider question.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

Vogue and the chill of Wintour

Culture Mulcher reviews new film The September Issue a documentary about Vogue magazine and its notoriously icy editor, Anna Wintour.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN|

Can a landscape painting beat a landscape photo?

Culture mulcher WH Chong tackles a hoary old argument, photography versus painting, with a hands-on approach: photographing then painting Queensland’s Carnarvon Gorge.

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