Australian politics, society & culture


© Peter Lindbergh
The face
By Karen de Perthuis
By Patrick Hartigan
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Shaddap you Facebook
By Joe Dolce
By Monthly Wire
'What’s in a Face? Aspects of Portrait Photography', Art Gallery of NSW - 24 September 2011 to 5 February 2012
Art Gallery of NSW - 24 September 2011 to 5 February 2012
By Sebastian Smee
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Building of Knox Grammar School, 1943. State Library of New South Wales
Knox Grammar’s Adrian Nisbett
By Malcolm Knox
Carrol Jerrems, 'Mirror with a Memory: Motel Room', 1977. Type C colour photograph, 23 x 18 centimetres. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © Ken Jerrems and the Estate of Lance Jerrems
'Up Close'
By Peter Conrad
Alfred Stieglitz’s Lake George Years
By Peter Conrad
Alfred Stieglitz was the kind of man that Australia, more’s the pity, has never had. Here prophets come from the desert, as AD Hope once dryly remarked, which means they’re mostly too parched to say very much when they stumble out of the scrub into our coastal cities. And would anyone have listened if some crackpot
John Waters at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. © Alan Stevens/Flickr
John Waters
By Peter Conrad
By Juliana Engberg
The aesthetic of detritus is everywhere at the moment. It’s as if the rubbish bin of the twentieth century has finally been put out for collection – with the legs of the ubiquitous female mannequin sticking out, of course (some things never change). Bricolage is back and collage is cool. This is art made from the
'The Stone Bridge', by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, c. 1638. Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum
By Bill Henson
Damien Wright & His Table
By Gideon Haigh
Wright is speaking in his workshop, in Melbourne's inner north, and proving difficult to interview. Not because he is inarticulate - on the contrary, he speaks with unfaltering adamance. But he is visibly restless. He drops into a rocking chair. He moves to his office. He ascends a ladder. He orbits three giant slabs
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Jo Lennan