Justin Clemens

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24 ENTRIES Justin Clemens writes about contemporary Australian art and poetry. He teaches at the University of Melbourne.



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Detail of a painting of Barron Field

Culture

Barron Field and the myth of terra nullius

How a minor poet made a major historical error

Cover of The Hatred of Poetry

Culture

Double dissolution

Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics

Late styles

Culture

Late styles

Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’

‘Unexpected Pleasures’ at the National Gallery of Victoria

arts

‘Unexpected Pleasures’ at the National Gallery of Victoria

‘Contemporary jewellery’ doesn’t simply mean jewellery that’s being made now. It’s also the name of a major international movement, beginning in the mid 1970s, in which jewellers started to experiment with the inherited limitations …

Culture

Neon statements

Joseph Kosuth and conceptual art

Society

‘Inherent Vice’ by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon is one of the most extraordinary novelists writing today. This isn’t due to his genius alone, though there’s no doubting his encyclopaedic knowledge, literary range and sheer inventiveness. It’s also due to sheer luck, to Pynchon …

arts

‘Poe: A Life Cut Short’ by Peter Ackroyd

Born into poverty, sickness and vagabondage, Edgar Allan Poe was doomed from the beginning. His parents were actors, a déclassé profession at the time, and both were consumptive. His alcoholic and incompetent father abandoned the family a few years …

arts

‘Linda Marrinon: Let Her Try’ by Chris McAuliffe

Chris McAuliffe’s governing image for Linda Marrinon’s career is that of Voltaire’s Candide, tending carefully to the garden despite the vicissitudes of the world. Beginning in the early 1980s with hilariously understated anti-aesthetic canvases …

arts

‘Show Court 3’ by Louise Paramor, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, 20 April

In a world overburdened by museums and monuments, by the claims of the past and the injunction to protect and save, what should we preserve? Everything! Transience has assumed real value in contemporary art. Instead of the object, the event becomes primary: …

‘Australian Impressionism’, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

This is an impressive corporate exercise, bringing together more than 240 works from the heroic era of Australian art, from an unprecedented range of galleries and private collections. The stars are among the most celebrated painters in the nation's history: …

arts

A law that cannot be enforced

The politics of art in Australia

arts

Haranguing the nation

‘Juan Davila’

arts

‘The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis’ By Jacques Lacan, trans. Russell Grigg

‘Being and Event’ By Alain Badiou, trans. Oliver Feltham

arts

Rembrandt 1606–1669: From the Prints and Drawings Collection

NGV International, to 24 September

arts

We’re all globile now

The 2006 Biennale of Sydney: ‘Zones of Contact’

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