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When Colin McCahon went to Sydney in 1984 to attend an exhibition of his work the attritions of alcoholism and that intensely personal religiosity he explored had taken their
toll. He had given up any meaningful painting two years previous and
was just three year short of death at age 67.
In a bizarre but telling incident, he
went into a...
The art critic Robert Hughes didn't have much time (but some sympathy for) New York painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. In a brutal essay in The Republic in '88 -- after the death of the painter at age 27 -- entitled Requiem for a Featherweight he pulled no punches.
The truth abut Basquiat, then the most famous painter of his generation, was,...
only the moment could have been frozen in the lens. It resonated with
meanings. The heavily bearded Aboriginal man -- unsteady on his feet
and the cuffs of his worn jeans caked red with dust -- stands outside
a gallery of Aboriginal art in Alice Springs.
glazed, yellowed eyes he stares silently into the air-conditioned
In these days where you sometimes feel there are more mockumentaries than documentaries, and this having as a central figure a man who maintains a scrupulously guarded anonymity, you can feel just a little sucked in. But "sucked in" in a throughly enjoyable and rewarding way.
Right from the start we are told by the mysterious and...
Some months ago the Auckland photographer Chris Van Ryn, whose innovative and often moving work I have long admired, told me he was putting a collection of some of his images into a book. I was genuinely excited for him because it meant his work would get to a wider audience.
He asked me to the write the foreword.
The book is now...
More than a documentary about the great Amerian artist Chuck Close -- whom we see work on an astonishing self-portrait during the course of the filming -- this remarkable, revealing and important film weaves in the work of many of Close's contemporaries (Richard Serra, Robert Storr and others) and has friends and longtime colleagues (Philip...
This charming, low-key and multiple award-winning documentary introduces two remarkable, modest but fiercely intelligent art collectors, Herbert and Dorthy Vogel of New York who met in '60 and shortly thereafter began painting and drawing.
But within a few years, despite some interesting work of their own as the doco shows, they had started...
If you had been in Venice last year and gone to see the elegant Bridge of Sighs you would have had an unpleasant surprise. This passage between the Doge’s palace and the prison -- those taken to the clanger would, at the very least, sigh -- was itself a prisoner of the 21st century.
It was surrounded by huge covers over the surrounding...
In a recent documentary Drilling for Art, the spotlight was put on Dubai as a place with no art history (other than some minor folkloric things) and a city where 95 percent of people come from somewhere else.
A few years ago Dubai decided it needed Art -- and so in tentative steps started encouraging contemporary galleries to open, and...
Pain. The word rings like a refrain in any discussion of painter Frida Kahlo.
Her pain is writ large on the pages of even the most meagre of biographies: the crippling polio at age 6; the horrific bus accident at 18 and the more than 30 operations she endured as a result; the emotional wounds in her marriage to the great Mexican muralist...
Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about the artists Gilbert and George revealed in this insightful and candid documentary is -- aside from their alarming normalcy -- that they don't have a kitchen in their tidy but chock-full home.
No kitchen means no smells, no time wasted on cooking or cleaning up, more space. So they eat locally around...
We should expect to suffer for our art. God knows I have for mine -- although standing in the rain outside Madrid's famous art gallery the Prado on a bitterly cold day might just have be taking it too far. It was. I quit the queue and headed back to my tiny hotel room for a warm shower, then jumped puddles to the nearby bar where I...
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