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Feel the divine. Alice Coltrane, circa 1970
Arts & Letters / Music

Feel the divine

A new compilation celebrates the devotional music of jazz legend Alice Coltrane
Anwen Crawford
Long time coming. Still from Get Out
Arts & Letters / Film

Long time coming

‘Get Out’ is a masterful mix of horror, comedy and racial commentary
Shane Danielsen
Arts & Letters / Books

Language woken up

Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
Maria Tumarkin
Noted

‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid

Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
Helen Elliott
Noted

‘The Idiot’ by Elif Batuman

Jonathan Cape; $32.99
Stephanie Bishop
Arts & Letters / Art

The state of our art

What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
Julie Ewington

Most Popular

  1. The Monthly Essays
    The gambler
    At home with David Walsh
    Richard Flanagan
    The gambler. David Walsh
  2. Arts & Letters / Art
    The state of our art
    What does ‘The National’ say about contemporary Australian art?
    Julie Ewington
    The state of our art. Image of Rose Nolan, Big Words – To keep going, breathing helps (circle work), 2016–17
  3. Arts & Letters / Books
    Language woken up
    Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
    Maria Tumarkin
    Language woken up. Image of Donna Sherwani
  4. Arts & Letters / Film
    Don’t lose that Ricky
    The Kiwi charm of Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’
    Luke Davies
    Don’t lose that Ricky. Still from Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  5. Theatre for grown-ups
    ‘Joan’, created by Kate Davis and Emma Valente, is sensory, shapeshifting theatre at its very best
    Alison Croggon
    Theatre for grown-ups. Luisa Hastings in ‘Joan’ – created by The Rabble (Kate Davis and Emma Valente)

Books

A cleansing fire. Image of Jessa Crispin
Arts & Letters / Books
A cleansing fire
Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
Stephanie Bishop
‘Fever Dream’ by Samanta Schweblin. Cover of Fever Dream
Noted
‘Fever Dream’ by Samanta Schweblin
Trans. Megan McDowell; Oneworld; $19.99
Helen Elliott
Tasmania got gamed. Image of Wrest Point casino, Sandy Bay, Tasmania
Arts & Letters / Books
Tasmania got gamed
James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
Amanda Lohrey
Unapologetic. Image of Cat Marnell
Arts & Letters / Books
Unapologetic
Cat Marnell’s ‘How To Murder Your Life’ is an addiction memoir with a difference
Jenny Valentish

Music

Kendrick rising. Source
Kendrick rising
With his new album, ‘Damn’, Kendrick Lamar cements his status as the world’s reigning hip-hop artist
Anwen Crawford
Magic hands. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
Magic hands
Russian piano superstar Daniil Trifonov teaches a masterclass in Melbourne
Chloe Hooper
Crossing over. Image of George Michael
Arts & Letters / Music
Crossing over
On George Michael, race and pop
Anwen Crawford
Who’s the boss now?. Image of Bruce Springsteen
Arts & Letters / Music
Who’s the boss now?
Bruce Springsteen is the consummate live performer
Anwen Crawford

Film

Ich bin ein Brisbaner
‘Berlin Syndrome’ and the naivety of the tourist–artist
Luke Goodsell
Race, celebrity and power in ‘OJ: Made in America’
The documentary is a powerful examination of the OJ Simpson trial within the context of race relations in the US
Anwen Crawford
Backstage drama. Still from The Salesman
Arts & Letters / Film
Backstage drama
The domestic disquiet of Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ gives way to suspense
Luke Davies
A German comedy?. Still from Toni Erdmann
Arts & Letters / Film
A German comedy?
Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ is one of the most misread movies of the year
Shane Danielsen

Art

Archives are us. Installation view of Brook Andrew: The Right to Offend is Sacred at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 3 March–4 June 2017 
Photo: Wayne Taylor
Archives are us
The collected wisdom of Patrick Pound and Brook Andrew at NGV
Quentin Sprague
Sweet celebration. Image of PixCell-Double Deer#4 (2010), by Kohei Nawa
Arts & Letters / Art
Sweet celebration
‘Sugar Spin’ at GOMA aims to please and to challenge
Sebastian Smee
A moveable feast. Illustration
The Nation Reviewed
A moveable feast
What does it take to transform the National Gallery of Australia into the Palace of Versailles?
Quentin Sprague
‘Nude: Art from the Tate Collection’. Image of Hans Bellmer’s The Doll
Noted
‘Nude: Art from the Tate Collection’
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 5 February
Julie Ewington

Theatre

Culture crisis. Image of Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm
The Monthly Essays
Culture crisis
The arts funding cuts are just a symptom of a broader malaise in Australia
Alison Croggon
Vox
Magic and a one-woman show
Taking ‘Stories I Want to Tell You in Person’ to India
Lally Katz
The Nation Reviewed
Lighting the king
Nick Schlieper illuminates a Shakespearean tragedy
Darryn King
The Nation Reviewed
The return of the Tichborne Claimant
A recent play resurrects a 150-year-old case of imposture
Robyn Annear

Dance

The Nation Reviewed
Destiny’s children
Body Electric’s jazz ballet for adults
Nikki Lusk
The best of Australian arts 2014. Tammy Wynette (2014) by Linda Marrinon
The best of Australian arts 2014
Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten
The Monthly
First contact. Jasmin Sheppard as Patyegarang
Arts & Letters / Theatre
First contact
The secret history of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s ‘Patyegarang’
Steve Dow
Arts & Letters /
The best of Australian arts 2013
Critics give their picks for the year’s top ten
The Monthly

Architecture

Murcutt’s mosque. Roof detail of the Australian Islamic Centre
Arts & Letters / Architecture
Murcutt’s mosque
The Australian Islamic Centre is notable for what it isn’t as much as for what it is
David Neustein
The Nation Reviewed
Compressed contemporary
Durbach Block Jaggers is a practice in argument
Erik Jensen
Twelve of a kind. Crown Sydney image
Arts & Letters / Architecture
Twelve of a kind
Why is Australia planning so many new casinos?
David Neustein
All the world’s futures. Fiona Hall, Vaporised 2014, Australian pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015
Arts & Letters / Art
All the world’s futures
Power and resistance at the 56th Venice Biennale
Julie Ewington

Fashion

The artisan. Tanel Bedrossiantz, in a dress from the Jean Paul Gaultier Barbès collection, ready-to-wear, Autumn–Winter 1984–85
Arts & Letters / Fashion
The artisan
‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier’ at the National Gallery of Victoria
Karen de Perthuis
‘Modern Love: Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA’ . Sarah Caplan’s World Trade Center dress
Arts & Letters / Fashion
‘Modern Love: Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA’
At the Bendigo Art Gallery
Karen de Perthuis
The Nation Reviewed
RM Williams and haute couture
Karen de Perthuis
Arts & Letters / Masterpieces
Fashion masterpiece
Romance was born - ‘The Oracle’, 2011
Clare Press

Fiction

Noted
‘Clade’ by James Bradley
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
Michael Lucy
Josephine Rowe
Story
Sinkers
The pencil and the damage done. Self-portrait with Easel and Mirror (1646), by Johannes Gumpp
Arts & Letters / Books
The pencil and the damage done
The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction
Ceridwen Dovey
Arts & Letters / Noted
‘Golden Boys’ by Sonya Hartnett
Penguin; $29.99
Robyn Annear

Poetry

Arts & Letters / Poetry
Late styles
Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’
Justin Clemens
Majesty and burning. The young Dylan Thomas
Arts & Letters / Books
Majesty and burning
A century of Dylan Thomas
Kevin Rabalais
Wild Pilgrim. Ko Un, with his books
Arts & Letters / Poetry
Wild Pilgrim
Meeting Ko Un
Barry Hill
At the Table by the Window. Peter Steele
Arts & Letters
At the Table by the Window
Peter Steele (1939–2012)
Raimond Gaita
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