Quentin Sprague


30 ENTRIES Quentin Sprague is a Geelong-based writer. His first book, The Stranger Artist, won the 2021 Prime Minister's Literary Award for nonfiction.


Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, ‘Dibirdibi country’ (2008


Art heist: The landmark conviction of an Aboriginal art centre’s manager

The jailing of Mornington Island Art’s chief executive for dishonest dealing has shone a light on ethics and colonialism in the Indigenous art world

Image of Ken Whisson’s ‘Seven Humans, One Vehicle and Three Birds’, 2020, oils on linen canvas, 96 x 105cm. Photographer: Mark Ashkanasy, Melbourne. Private collection, Sydney. Exhibited Ken Whisson 2021, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 13–30 October, 2021. © Estate of Ken Whisson. Image courtesy of Niagara Galleries.


Ken Whisson: A life made in art

The late Australian painter offered a profound example of how to forge a path as an artist

Image of Helen Maudsley’s ‘Thinking is done in Words. Our minds Think in Words’, 2019, oil on canvas, 29.5 x 40cm


Helen Maudsley’s visual essays

The 94-year-old painter’s current exhibition reveals an interest in language and the mechanics of meaning

Photo: “Breakfast at Heide” (from left: Sidney Nolan, Max Harris, Sunday Reed and John Reed), circa 1945


Artful lodgers: The Heide Museum of Modern Art

The story of John and Sunday Reed’s influence on Sidney Nolan and other live-in protégés

Photograph showing an installation view of Katie West’s Warna/Ground, Hold, and Keeping pieces (all 2018), at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2021. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis


Bodies transformed: ‘A Biography of Daphne’ at ACCA

Centred on the myth of Daphne and Apollo, this group exhibition harnesses a vision of unchecked metamorphosis

Detail from ‘Group IV, The Ten Largest, No. 2, Childhood’ by Hilma af Klint (1907)


A shock of renewal: ‘Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings’

The transcendent works of the modernist who regarded herself not an artist but a medium

Photo of installation view of the exhibition Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow at NGV International. Photo © Tom Ross


Simultaneous persuasions: ‘Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow’

Radical difference and radical proximity are hallmarks of the French-born artist’s NGV exhibition

Image of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, ‘A way of flying’ (c. 1819–1824)


Goya: Drawings from the Prado Museum

Goya’s dark and difficult works exhibited at NGV remind us how little the world has moved on from past horrors

Image of ‘Queen Elizabeth and Vincent (on country)’, 2018


The paintbrush is a weapon: Vincent Namatjira

The Archibald Prize winner’s politics are less straightforward than the art world might like to think

Image of Stephen Bram’s work, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 390 cm.


Currents of joy: Stephen Bram and John Nixon

Overlapping exhibitions by the two abstract artists convey their shared radical modernism

Image of Dhambit Munuŋgurr's Bees at Gäṉgän, 2019


Blue is the colour

The idiosyncratic work of Yolngu artist Dhambit Mununggurr

Untitled (Pollo Frito), 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat


Stopped in the street: ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’

Early death meant the work of these renowned artists never fully emerged from ’80s New York subcultures

Image of ‘Wild River, Florida’


‘Civilization: The Way We Live Now’

The beautiful photographs of often grim subjects in NGV Australia’s exhibition raise questions over the medium’s power to critique

Image of Janet Dawson’s ‘Rollascape’


‘The Field Revisited’ and ‘Robert Hunter’ at NGV Australia

Two exhibitions re-examine landmark Australian art

The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then It Stopped


Katharina Grosse’s riot of colour

The German artist transforms Carriageworks