Category Archives: Art

HENRY MOORE IN AMSTERDAM – Rijksmuseum

Why is everyone ignoring me?

Why is everyone ignoring me?

To celebrate the reopening of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, the surrounding gardens are hosting a fabulous exhibition of Henry Moore’s sculpture.

We don’t expect to see a better collection of the work of the great British artist, not anywhere, not ever. And certainly not for free. Continue reading

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THE CHINESE BIKE ART PUZZLE

'Forever' by Ai Wei Wei

‘Forever’ by Ai Wei Wei



Ai Wei Wei may be China’s best known artist. I say that only because I know his work, from the Tate Modern in London and the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney.

I was very pleased to see him included in what’s become for us an unmissable biennial Amsterdam event, Art Zuid. Continue reading

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A NEW PLAY WORTH A PLUG

He's nothing but hands and a couple of little torches, but you come to love him.

He’s nothing but hands and a couple of LED lights, but you come to love him.

I wish I could be in Brisbane next week when a new show from Dead Puppet Society opens in the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Power Kids festival.

I had the pleasure of spending a week earlier this year working on Argus as dramaturg in a creative development workshop. I loved this process. Continue reading

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THE EMPEROR, THE COURTESAN, THE POPE AND THE ARTIST

The prostitute Imperia, holding the emperor in one hand, the pope in the other.

Imperia, holding the emperor in one hand, the pope in the other.



Of course not everybody likes it. It’s disgusting, pornographic, offensive and historically inaccurate.

Love it or hate it, you can’t ignore the public art of sculptor Peter Lenk, when it’s given pride of place by the harbours of Konstanz, Meersburg and Uberlingen. Continue reading

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IT’S ALL DONE WITH MIRRORS – Marseilles

Norman Foster's mirror

Norman Foster’s Ombriere. You’re almost under it before you notice it.




After nine months of construction, re-routing of traffic and a rumoured EUR45 million bill, visitors to Marseilles’ Vieux Port can now photograph themselves upside down.

Norman Foster’s Ombriere, a huge flat mirror supported on poles above the terrace in front of the Vieux Port, reflects the colourful fishing boats, the buses, the beggars and hawkers, the school excursions, the petit trains and the visitors who cluster in this hub of Marseillaise tourist life.

I hope this mirror thing doesn’t become a cliche, like the giant ferris wheels sprouting on groovy, go-ahead, ‘wow, look at us!’ city skylines. Continue reading

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THE TROUBLE WE GO TO FOR ART!

It wasn't easy to get here.

It wasn’t easy to get here, so you might at least look pleased to see us!

“Pardonnez-moi, Monsieur? What do you mean, ‘Complet’? It’s taken us an hour to find the bus stop and another 45 minutes to wait for your bus to come along and now you’re saying you’re full?

How are we supposed to get to Saint-Paul if every bloody bus…Ok, d’accord, Monsieur, you only drive the damn thing. Nice beard, by the way.”

We know there often isn’t a lot of public transport into walled mediaeval villages perched on Provencal hilltops. But Saint-Paul-de-Vence isn’t just any mediaeval village. It’s now a tourist mecca, thanks to the artists, past and present, who have lived and worked there. A lot of us want to see it. Continue reading

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