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Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunday essay: romancing the moon – space dreaming after Apollo

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Arthur Loureiro, Study for ‘The spirit of the new Moon’ 1888, oil on canvas. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art,Brisbane Purchased 1995. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant with the assistance of Philip...

AUSSIE ARTIST DANIELLE WEBER ATTENDS ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER EVENT

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Melbourne Artist / Painter Danielle Weber was recently commissioned to paint a portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger In March this year, Arnold Schwarzenegger attended the ‘Arnold Sports Festival’ at MCEC (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) in...

Sunday essay: how 19th century ideas influenced today’s attitudes to women’s beauty

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An advertisement for breast implants in Sydney in 2015. Advertisements often promote a ‘natural’ ideal of beauty, even when advocating surgical intervention. Paul Millar/AAP   In the 19th century, a range of thinkers attempted to...

5 things to know about the traditional Christian doctrine of hell

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Luca Signorelli, The Damned Cast into Hell, 1499-1504, a, fresco in Orvieto Cathedral, Italy. Wikimedia Commons Martyn Iles, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, dodged the question this week when asked by Lisa...

A scope as big as humanity can conjure: the Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

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Installation view of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Murmuration (Landscape) 2019 (detail) Realised in Dehua, Fujian. province and Melbourne, commissioned by the NGV. Proposed acquisition supported by Ying Zhang in association with the Asian Australian Foundation,...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...