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EXCLUSIVE: at home with Leunig, drinking breakfast absinthe on fairy floss carpet

EXCLUSIVE: at home with Leunig, drinking breakfast absinthe on fairy floss carpet

Crikey October 30, 2017 7 Comments

Satirist Ben Pobjie recounts a delightful afternoon he spent in the company of Australia's leading cloud cartoonist.

Keane: the doomed quest for meaning in Twin Peaks

Keane: the doomed quest for meaning in Twin Peaks

Bernard Keane October 13, 2017 4 Comments

If there's meaning in Twin Peaks: The Return, it lies in the meaninglessness of existence, and how we can best cope with it.

No one dunnit: Australia’s greatest art forgery was … a fake.

No one dunnit: Australia’s greatest art forgery was … a fake.

Crikey April 28, 2017 5 Comments

A jury’s verdict overturned, a Crown case in shambles and two men convicted of forging and selling Brett Whiteley paintings set free. There is a book in the works, and no doubt a movie will follow - freelance journalist Angus Smith explains what went wrong.

Fashism: natty dressing and a history of violence

Fashism: natty dressing and a history of violence

Mel Campbell December 9, 2016 5 Comments

Dress codes are techniques of controlling people by regulating their bodies. And no one knows that better than fascists.

Are the ‘fake’ Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

Are the ‘fake’ Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

Crikey November 7, 2016 1 Comment

A jury found an art conservator and an art dealer guilty of forging Brett Whiteley paintings. But the judge in the case seems to think they might be genuine after all. Freelance journalist Angus Smith reports.

Build the wall … and make it bright pink

Build the wall … and make it bright pink

Crikey October 21, 2016 1 Comment

If Donald is going to build a wall, at least make it an attractive one.

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling — and it’s wrong

James Paterson’s sledge of Pollock painting is jingoistic dog-whistling — and it’s wrong

Ben Eltham October 7, 2016 20 Comments

Senator James Paterson says the Australian government should sell Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. But it would mean selling more than a canvas.

‘It’s a hoax’: Banksy’s publicist denounces Hosier Lane artwork

‘It’s a hoax’: Banksy’s publicist denounces Hosier Lane artwork

Myriam Robin October 6, 2016 2 Comments

The fresh Banksy on Hosier Lane is "blatant publicity" for an unauthorised show, according to the artist's publicist.

To paint is human: why painting will never die

To paint is human: why painting will never die

W H Chong September 23, 2016 1 Comment

Critic and painters stoush. People will paint on regardless.

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

Crikey September 13, 2016 1 Comment

Two men have been found guilty of selling fake Brett Whiteley paintings, but their sentencing has been thrown into upheaval by an 11th-hour compensation bid. Freelance journalist Angus Smith reports.