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Wesley Enoch: artists, get over yourselves and embrace the corporate sponsor

An artist does not need to agree with a sponsor’s politics or methods to accept money for a work.

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BEN NEUTZE | THE ARTS |

That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

What to do when “an extraordinary disappointment” in your review becomes “Extraordinary!” on the side of the theatre.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | THE ARTS |

Not dead yet! Skywhale artist says she will fly again

New ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr accidentally killed off Canberra’s famous Skywhale last week, but the artist behind the creation explains she’s not going anywhere.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | THE ARTS | 7

Idol away: why Guy Sebastian is our ticket to votes at Eurovision

A national TV talent contest turns out to be the perfect staging ground for Eurovision, so perhaps Australia is in with a chance.

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Take a chance on me: Guy Sebastian a Euro disappointment

With so many talented musicians who represent Australian culture, why have our SBS overlords chosen a mainstream pop singer to represent us in Eurovision? Freelance writer and musician Chris Endrey explores the issue.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Razer: why you, yes YOU, should care about data retention

You’ve done nothing wrong, you say? Bollocks, says Helen Razer. George Brandis wants to throw you in jail.

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

Allen Jones has gone from enfant terrible of the avant-garde to a bit of a historical footnote.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | THE ARTS |

Sheikh-ing it at Hobart’s MOFO

Syrian electro-pop star Omar Souleyman was just one of the highlights at this year’s MONA FOMA.

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CRIKEY INTERN | THE ARTS |

Big Day Off: who killed Australia’s most famous music festival?

Why are young Australians shunning events like Big Day Out and instead flocking to multi-day music festivals out of the city? Crikey intern Mahalia Dobson explains.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Razer: Abbott errs, Bishop shines in the war on pleather

Men can no longer escape the harsh judgement of our intensely visual age. So how well are the boys adjusting to the critical gaze women have endured for so long?

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THE ARTS |

The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.

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THE ARTS |

Melbourne’s secret bohemian past laid bare

Two exhibitions showing in Melbourne over summer seem worlds apart, but both have much to say about our changing notions of culture and what constitutes celebrity, writes Melbourne-based crime writer and reviewer Andrew Nette.

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BEN NEUTZE | THE ARTS |

The 2014 Crikeys: Sydney Biennale and Sia get our arts gongs

What are the highlights and lowlights in arts and culture this year?

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Mike Carlton: the shoddy, anti-union fiction that won the PM’s top history award

Australia’s Secret War, which won the PM’s literary award for history, is a badly written, badly researched work of fiction, opines Mike Carlton, former ABC war correspondent and naval historian.

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LUKE BUCKMASTER | THE ARTS |

If we ban Grand Theft Auto, should Scorsese be next?

Art is sometimes uncomfortable. But that does not mean it should not be available.

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Stripping all pretension and saying Yes to prog

Boom Crash Opera guitarist Peter Farnan decides to give prog another go.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Razer: Taylor Swift’s new album exudes perky gasps of icy nothingness

1989 is an ahistorical, destructive pastiche of a time Taylor Swift doesn’t properly appreciate. Here’s why …

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SALLY WHYTE | THE ARTS |

They built this party on rock’n'roll

Gotye’s party may not get the numbers for the Victorian election, but they say this won’t be the last we hear from them.

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THE ARTS |

In defence of U2 (yes, really)

U2 is one of the last giant rock bands. No wonder they don’t know how to be cool in the age of the super-niche.

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RAY GILL | THE ARTS |

Carmen rides back into the ring: sponsor must butt out

Carmen met her match in the political bullring. But in an opera-worthy plot, she’s back from the dead ..

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GUY RUNDLE | THE ARTS |

Rundle: in a parking lot, the beginning of grunge, the end of rock, and above all, Cobain

Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington is trying to become grunge’s Graceland, but the Cobain historical sites are across the river.

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BEN NEUTZE | THE ARTS |

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet’s Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.

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An English-speaking German and a Francophone Estonian walk into a bar …

When it comes to intercultural, cross-lingual comedy, the joke can often be lost in translation. Steele Rudd, an Australian freelance writer based in Scotland, explains.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS |

Annabel Crabb needs a wife — and you do, too

The veteran ABC writer and broadcaster was in fine form at the launch of her new book. If only she had a wife to corral her three children, it might have gone off without a hitch.

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