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ART & DESIGN |

One gallery’s stranglehold on the Venice Biennale

Australian-born and Ireland-based artist John Kelly says our Venice Biennale art is all starting to look a bit familiar …

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ART & DESIGN |

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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GUY RUNDLE | ART & DESIGN |

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 | ART & DESIGN |

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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HELEN RAZER | ART & DESIGN |

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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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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Was Leonardo da Vinci a child pornographer?

Artist Paul Yore’s defence team needs to convince the magistrate to answer one of the modern world’s trickiest questions: what is art? Freelance writer Mark Holsworth reports.

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HELEN RAZER | ART & DESIGN |

Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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RAY GILL | ART & DESIGN |

The art of money: resale royalties feed struggling artists or ‘rich widows’?

It’s hard to move beyond the cliches about poor, morally superior artists struggling against the rich and powerful who exploit and profit from their talents, but changes to re-sale laws require a more realistic view.

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George W. Bush turns his hand to painting, but is he any good?

George W. Bush, one of America’s most polarising presidents, has opened a new art exhibition of his work. Freelance journalist Doyle Rader visits the exhibition in Dallas to find out if Dubya has any artistic ability.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | ART & DESIGN |

Saville’s Shout: politics’ revolving door … antisocial app …

With Australia allowing — even encouraging — politicians to profit from holding ministerial portfolios once they retire from politics, is it any wonder Arthur Sinodinos is in hot water?

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Aboriginal art a casualty of new super rules

Superannuation rules were changed in 2011 to ensure investments were really used in retirement. But journalist at The Citizen Sally Stewart says the rules had an unintended victim.

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Busting brutalist campus architecture myths

University administrators created brutalist spaces to discourage students from gathering and protesting, right? Freelance writer Mel Campbell looks into some myths that have long lived in students’ imaginations.

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A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN |

Off to the country: can regional areas help with urban sprawl?

Moving infrastructure to regional centres is one option mooted to managed urban sprawl, but it’s not that simple, writes Alan Davies.

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Henson hysteria in Adelaide merely uninformed panic

In response to tabloid beat-ups and moral panic, photographer Bill Henson has pulled out of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. InDaily arts editor Suzie Keen says it’s a terrible shame.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN |

How smart is the National Gallery of Australia?

James Rose examines the NGA in the latest installment of his series on national identity and story telling.

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On the ground at Burning Man, a cavalcade of counterculture

Freelance journalist Hari Raj takes in the cavalcade of art, costume, nudity and general weirdness that grows every year in the Nevada dessert.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN |

Rick Amor’s art — great for science fiction

Rick Amor is one of Australia’s best painters of the metaphysical, and WH Chong reckons his talents would be perfect for book cover artwork.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN |

Should the public expect to like public art?

Recent outcries over public art installations show that not everyone is thrilled by artistic statements in public places, writes Alan Davies.

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN |

Does public art need a context?

A new public art installation on a median strip has been described by locals as ugly and dangerous. Does art need to conform to space and expectations?

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Crikey Blogs | ART & DESIGN |

Grand designs: Is lesser better for the new Flinders Street Station?

For the second time in its 159 year history, Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station will be redesigned by a competition winner. Alan Davies shares his thoughts ahead of this week’s winners announcement.

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