Topic archives: art

Why the courts overturned convictions in Brett Whiteley forgery case

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.

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

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.

Are the ‘fake’ Brett Whiteleys genuine after all?

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.

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

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

October 6, 2016 2

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

September 23, 2016 1

Critic and painters stoush. People will paint on regardless.

Sentencing delayed over Whiteley forgeries

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.

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso’s Weeping Woman?

To catch a thief: who stole Picasso’s Weeping Woman?

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.

Rundle: IS’ — and capitalism’s — worst crime is the destruction of culture

Rundle: IS’ — and capitalism’s — worst crime is the destruction of culture

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.

Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

Rundle: the notorious Allen Jones, who shocked the unshockable

January 28, 2015

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

Sheikh-ing it at Hobart’s MOFO

January 20, 2015

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

Melbourne’s secret bohemian past laid bare

Melbourne’s secret bohemian past laid bare

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.

Was Leonardo da Vinci a child pornographer?

Was Leonardo da Vinci a child pornographer?

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.

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

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

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.

Saville’s shout: few law jobs … work from home … setting a scene …

Saville’s shout: few law jobs … work from home … setting a scene …

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.

Saville’s Shout: <em>BuzzFeed</em> in Oz … liminal art … Fairfax innovates …

Saville’s Shout: BuzzFeed in Oz … liminal art … Fairfax innovates …

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.

Saville’s shout: Syd Festival picks … the open-plan office … futility of resolutions …

Saville’s shout: Syd Festival picks … the open-plan office … futility of resolutions …

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.

How smart <em>is</em> the National Gallery of Australia?

How smart is the National Gallery of Australia?

September 11, 2013

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

On the ground at Burning Man, a cavalcade of counterculture

On the ground at Burning Man, a cavalcade of counterculture

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.

Does public art need a context?

Does public art need a context?

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?

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 6, 2013

This candidate is a real pain ... Rudd v Murdoch ... reprieve for roadkill artist ...