Julie Ewington

Julie Ewington is an independent writer, curator and broadcaster, now living in Sydney.

Articles by this author

Installation view of Mass by Ron Mueck, 2016–17
A new exhibition series’ first instalment delivers a heady mix of populism and politics
The NGV Triennial
Right now, in Melbourne, it seems the NGV Triennial is setting a new international exhibition standard: the shorter the title, the greater the ambition. This inverse ratio is a...
 
Australia’s Tracey Moffatt leads the way at the 57th Venice Biennale
What must be said
Each Venice Biennale is different: this keeps us coming back every two years, for the feast-of-too-much-art, the slogging itineraries, the avalanche of brochures, the mobs of...
 
Image of Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17
What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
The state of our art
It’s bold: an extensive account of contemporary Australian art across three instalments – 2017, 2019 and 2021 – in Sydney’s three leading arts institutions. Remarkably, the Art...
 
Image of Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory by Georgia O’Keefe
‘O’Keefe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism’ brings together three giants of modernism
A new world for the making
When you think about it, where else would you look for modernism in Australia but the suburbs? Where the bitumen meets the bush? Heide Museum of Modern Art, on a sloping hill in...
 
Image of Hans Bellmer’s The Doll
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 5 February
‘Nude: Art from the Tate Collection’
At last – a truly intelligent blockbuster. Nude is a splendid assembly of various nakednesses in paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs spanning 200 years....
 
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 4 September 2016
Tracey Moffatt’s ‘Laudanum and Other Works’
Tracey Moffatt is the mistress of the unexpected. Famous from the late 1980s for ambitious quasi-narrative photo suites and films that circle around Aboriginal life in more or...
 
Dragon circa 700s
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 10 July 2016
Tang: Treasures from the Silk Road capital
The ancient past has rarely seemed so present. With just 135 ancient objects from museums in China’s western Shaanxi Province, and one piece of advanced contemporary technology...
 
Conscious Sleep by Chiharu Shiota
The 20th Biennale of Sydney
Artistic immunity
It’s raining in Sydney, and Cockatoo Island has been flooding. But that hasn’t put a dampener on the crowds trooping off ferries from Circular Quay. Over the past decade, the...
 
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, until 1 May 2016
Grayson Perry’s ‘My Pretty Little Art Career’
In Australia we see more American artists than British ones. Grayson Perry’s retrospective exhibition is British to its bootstraps, like a chintz armchair, which makes it the...
 
Convergence and contradiction at the NGV’s ‘Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei’
Double happiness
Everyone asks: why Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei? Together? Their works and philosophies seem antithetical: Warhol is the avatar of 20th-century American capitalism, the inventor of...
 
Catherine the Great still reigns in the NGV’s ‘Masterpieces from the Hermitage’
Russia’s longest charm offensive
Remarkably, 250 years after it was established as the world’s first art museum, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg still seems to be following the edicts of its founder,...
 
Power and resistance at the 56th Venice Biennale
All the world’s futures
The Venice Biennale is the biggest show in town, in any town. Of all the international biennials and triennials that showcase contemporary art, it is the oldest, the grandest....
 
‘Pop to Popism’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Made in Oz
What goes around comes back differently. Refracted by the times. In 1985 I reviewed the only other substantial exhibition of pop art held in Australia, also at the Art Gallery of...
 
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