May 9, 2017
The Court of Appeal's judgment in this case reads like the script of a great art-crime movie, writes freelance journalist Angus Smith.
April 28, 2017 5
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.
November 7, 2016 1
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.
October 6, 2016 2
The fresh Banksy on Hosier Lane is "blatant publicity" for an unauthorised show, according to the artist's publicist.
September 23, 2016 1
Critic and painters stoush. People will paint on regardless.
September 13, 2016 1
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.
August 31, 2016 7
For the police who investigated the crime, the theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) remains one of their most mysterious and baffling unsolved cases. Freelance journalist Angus Smith enters the refined world of high art to try to solve the crime.
March 13, 2015
IS' barbarism has shocked the world. But its most horrific crime has been the destruction of our common heritage. And the almighty dollar has done that even more effectively.
January 28, 2015
Allen Jones has gone from enfant terrible of the avant-garde to a bit of a historical footnote.
January 20, 2015
Syrian electro-pop star Omar Souleyman was just one of the highlights at this year's MONA FOMA.
January 6, 2015
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.
August 19, 2014
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.
April 8, 2014
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.
February 17, 2014 4
There are far more law graduates than jobs in the legal profession at the moment, with law school grads being encouraged to choose another profession. Plus other bits and pieces.
February 3, 2014 1
Everyone's favourite purveyor of listicles, BuzzFeed, has launched an Australian site. But with competitors nipping at its heels, can BuzzFeed's model survive? Plus other tidbits.
January 13, 2014 2
Unless your New Year's resolution is to move from an open-plan office to a closed one, they're probably as useless as they are harmless. And the best of the Sydney Festival.
September 11, 2013
James Rose examines the NGA in the latest installment of his series on national identity and story telling.
September 10, 2013 1
Freelance journalist Hari Raj takes in the cavalcade of art, costume, nudity and general weirdness that grows every year in the Nevada dessert.
August 20, 2013
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?
August 6, 2013
This candidate is a real pain ... Rudd v Murdoch ... reprieve for roadkill artist ...