February 2020

Noted
by Miriam Cosic

‘Matisse & Picasso’: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Hanging works by the two masters together highlights their artistic rivalry and mutual influence

Pablo Picasso, L’Arlésienne: Lee Miller, 1937; oil on canvas. Private international collection. © Succession Picasso/Copyright Agency

Miriam Cosic

Miriam Cosic is a Sydney-based journalist and author.

Cover image of The Monthly, February 2020

February 2020

In This Issue

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Leaders and dung beetles

On John Cain, Scott Morrison and our curious inability to elect good people

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The king in exile: Gordon Koang

The music of the South Sudanese star and former refugee offers solace and a plea for unity

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Warringah warrior

Independent MP Zali Steggall hopes her private member’s bill will take the partisanship out of climate-change policy

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Silver linings

Having survived Afghanistan as a counterintelligence officer, a traumatised vet and his family lost their farm in the Adelaide Hills bushfires


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The fraught politics of Fire Fight Australia

The imperatives of commercial media mean that the bushfire crisis is unlikely to be a tipping point for denialism

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Celebrating beauty’s passing: ‘Requiem’

Italian director Romeo Castellucci on his radical reimagining of Mozart’s classic

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A gap too far

Despite fine words in response to the latest Closing the Gap report, the PM insists that politicians know best when it comes to the question of recognition

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Wildlife’s whispered traces: ‘Extinction Studies’

Lucienne Rickard’s durational art performance at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery reckons with extinct species


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