British Art in Bendigo – The Royal Academy Exhibition until 9 June
Art Review

British Art in Bendigo – The Royal Academy Exhibition until 9 June

By Simon Holberton English art gets a bad press. It’s seen as insubstantial in comparison to the Italian, Dutch, French and even German ‘schools’. Indeed, it casts the faintest shadow over European art history of any major school. The proximate reason for this is the 100 year caesura between roughly 1550 and 1650 during which … Continue reading

Art Review: Patrick Pound’s ‘Gallery of Air’ at NGV until March 2014
Art Review / Essays

Art Review: Patrick Pound’s ‘Gallery of Air’ at NGV until March 2014

By Simon Holberton One of the many joys to be had at the National Gallery of Victoria’s celebration of contemporary art in its Melbourne Now happening (it’s not an exhibition as such, but a four-month rave across multiple sites) is Patrick Pound’s Gallery of Air on the third floor of NGV International on St Kilda … Continue reading

Art Review: CHTHONIC RED QUEEN, or a visit to MONA
Art Review / Essays

Art Review: CHTHONIC RED QUEEN, or a visit to MONA

By Nicholas Tolhurst David Walsh’s fabulous Museum of Old and New Art—MONA—is almost at the end of the world and literally underground.  Entering MONA itself is like embarking on a chthonic mystery rite, although the experience is more Offenbach than Orphic. Walsh has created something slightly miraculous upstream of Hobart.  MONA is a destination in … Continue reading

Art Review: Australians in Paris, NGV until 6 October
Art Review / Belle Epoque / Impressionism / Modernism / National Gallery / Painting / Post Impressionism

Art Review: Australians in Paris, NGV until 6 October

A hundred years ago there was only one place for an aspiring Australian artist — or any other, for that matter — to go: Paris. It was the capital of the art world and it was the fountainhead of all that was modern. As the gifted Australian painter, Rupert Bunny, said, it was only in … Continue reading

Art Review: China Bowls, Fluid Mechanics and Zen – Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s clinamen at the NGV
Art Review

Art Review: China Bowls, Fluid Mechanics and Zen – Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s clinamen at the NGV

  The installation of Celeste Boursier-Mougenot : clinamen in the forecourt of the NGV International is a wonderful companion piece to the current exhibition, Monet’s Garden.  The form of this installation is a large round pool, constructed with a blue lining on which float a large number of white ceramic bowls of different dimensions.  Max … Continue reading