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Impossibly beautiful, idyllically decaying: Venice Biennale 2017

“I had expected all the art at the Biennale to be totally astounding. If this was the Olympics, we were seeing the best of the best, right?”

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New Work Friday #228

GOOD PARKING

Paper Man: A Profile of Li Hongbo

‘Paper—you can never predict what it will become in the end.’

New Work Friday #227

“Paul Handley is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Melbourne. He explores and interrogates ‘big picture’ social issues that cross borders and even continents…”

New Work Friday #226

“A well-known whaler and gunner on The Cheynes III (a whale chaser) lost his leg after it became entangled in a rope attached to a harpoon fired at a whale…”

New Work Friday #225

What a maroon!

Archibald, Wynne & Sulman 2017: A cup of tea and a lie down

The tension between traditional portraits and works that sit at the limits of what most people consider a portrait is the friction that fires up the whole engine of the prize.

New Work Friday #224

“This body of work takes as its starting point a small 19th century landscape painting by a little known convict artist, George Peacock, which depicts a view along Sydney Harbour.”

New Work Friday #223

“Liminal reflects a fascination with time and the built environment, while querying the environmental and physiological ramifications of city living. “

The Getting of Wisdom: Song Dong’s ‘I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven’

“On the top floor is the astonishing ‘At Fifty, I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven’. Fifty identical dolls with porcelain heads intended to represent Song himself, and referencing a favourite childhood toy, are engaged in every activity imaginable: reading, cooking, eating, driving, peeing and sleeping, even lying face down in a playful reference to Song Dong’s 1996 performance, ‘Breathing, Tiananmen Square’…”