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Not quiet public art?

Not far from where I live is a narrow strip of bushland sandwiched between two neighbouring suburbs. It’s criss-crossed with fire trails, punctuated with sandstone bluffs and the remnants of a once enthusiastic creek. In many ways it’s an archetypal piece of Australian bush and lately it’s become the site for some very interesting public art. Over the last couple of
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Moaning about MONA

I know, I know, I know – I shouldn’t be complaining about MONA. As the first gallery based philanthropic venture in Australia, I should be celebrating and madly tweeting David Walsh’s name around the globe. But to tell you the truth, I was a little disappointed. Not with the art, not with the concept, not even with the expensive lunch options.
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How do I categorise Jonathan Jones?

Just as I’ve been having trouble deciding which category to post this blog into, I have found it equally difficult to decide how to categorise Jonathan Jones. You see, it’s important because I want to talk about indigenous artist Jonathan Jones and I just don’t know which box to put him in. Which is one of those sweet dilemmas –
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Argent, L. 'I see what you mean'. 2006

I see what you mean

Giving titles to my artworks has always been fraught with indecision. I wonder about the point of the title – procrastinate on it’s purpose and it’s contribution. Most art being made these days is no longer illustrative of myth, bible story or allegory. Individual artists no longer generate renditions of a common narrative in their art. So why does a title
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Guerrilla Girls poster

The Guerrilla paradox

  In 1985 the Guerrilla Girls exploded onto the art scene in protest of the male-dominated exhibition An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where out of the 169 artists represented, only 13 were female. Since then they have worked tirelessly and humorously to redress this underrepresentation of women artists in major collections. This
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