Archive for the 'Critique' Category

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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Valadon, R. 'Vengeance is mine' (Elsie Davis), 2012

Too much flesh?

I’ve just seen the Wicked Women exhibition at the Justice and Police Museum at Circular Quay. This exhibition is based on the pulp fiction magazine covers of the 50and 60s. You know the kind – they feature trashy, brazen, sexually alluring women poised with gun or knife about to commit some dastardly crime. The ones where ‘bad girls’ had the upper hand over bad
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Mueck, R. A Girl. 2002

Who says size doesn’t matter?

I’ve been thinking about how size and scale impact the emotional punch of the work. One of my favourite artists Ron Mueck uses this to his advantage with his super real silicone sculptures. Mueck, with a background in theatre design grew up as the son of a toy maker. As father and son sometimes will, they shared a passion for making things.
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The power of a picture

Last weekend, along with half a million others I went to look at the Renaissance show in Canberra. For me this was a good thing, having an insatiable appetite for gold frames and anyone with a halo. However, for my companions, it was a bit of a trial. Apart from the slow-moving conga line crowd, the over-supply of Madonna and
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Exactly what defines a self-portrait?

Recently, the Queensland University Art Museum awarded the $50,000 National Artists Self-portrait Prize 2011 to Domenico de Clario for a series of six paintings and six viewing chairs. This composite work evokes memories of each of the six decades in the artist’s life. Not a mark, nor a stroke on any of the six paintings indicates a body part, a
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