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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The zen of portraiture: Tony Costa wins the 2019 Archibald Prize

Archibald Prize 2019 winner, Tony Costa, ‘Lindy Lee’, oil on canvas, 182.5 x 152 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins Sitter: Lindy Lee - artist Tony Costa’s portrait of fellow artist Lindy...

Sunday essay: separating the art from the badly behaved artist – a philosopher’s view

US actor Kevin Spacey is escorted into Nantucket District Court in January for arraignment on a sexual assault charge. His lawyers entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. CJ Gunther/EPA When actor Kevin Spacey was...

Arts and culture under the Coalition: a lurch between aggression and apathy

Communications and Arts Minister Mitch Fifield during a press conference in Canberra in June 2018. Over the last six years of Coalition government, there has been a lack of strong policy initiatives and...

Sunday essay: death on the Darling, colonialism’s final encounter with the Barkandji

An Aboriginal flag planted on the riverbed in front of the last stagnant pools of water that are now the Darling River at Wilcannia. John Janson-Moore Driving the 200-kilometre round trip from Broken Hill to...

Missing in action: a vision for the arts in the 2019 budget

Dancers perform a scene from the Sydney Dance Company’s WOOF: the arts are one of the ways we make sense of our place in an increasingly confusing, and confused, world. Joel Carrett/AAP It...

Leonardo da Vinci revisited: was he an environmentalist ahead of his time?

Leonardo da Vinci, Landscape drawing for Santa Maria della Neve on 5th August 1473. Wikimedia commons Leonardo’s notebooks are filled with illustrations of nature, both plants and animals, their interactions with humans and in...

Sunday essay: shadows on the Moon – a tale of ephemeral beauty, humans and...

A large, sea jelly-like antenna shadow from the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. NASA Between 1969 and 1972, a new type of archaeological site was created. For the first time, human bodies and the...

Sunday essay: Nora Heysen, more than her father’s daughter

Nora Heysen, Self-portrait 1934 oil on canvas   43.1 x 36.3 cm. National Portrait Gallery,Canberra Purchased 1999 © Lou Klepac When Nora Heysen’s portrait of Madame Elink Schuurman was awarded the 1938 Archibald Prize, the Sydney Sun’s...