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The Sydney Opera House lit up during the Vivid Sydney festival, May 2014
How the Abbott government is funding a high-culture war
By Steve Dow
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Wim Delvoye at MONA
By Amanda Lohrey
Fashion icon Akira Isogawa. Image courtesy of Akira Isogawa
Akira Isogawa
By Peter Robb
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Amelia Lester
By Christine Kenneally
Brian Blanchflower, 'Canopy LI (Scelsi IV), oils, wax medium, pumice powder, acrylic on laminated hessian, January-May 2001, 221 x 172 cm.LEFT: Full painting. Right: Detail.Collection of the artist. © Brian Blanchflower. Photograph by Robert Frith.
Brian Blanchflower - ‘Canopy LI (Scelsi I–IV)’, 2001
By Anthony Bond
© Chris Harvey
Lindsay & Kerry Clare - ‘Gallery of Modern Art’, Queensland, 2006
By Haig Beck
Louise Bourgeois, 'Harmless Woman', 1969. Bronze, gold patina. Image courtesy of Cheim and Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser and Wirth © Estate of Louise Bourgeois. Photograph by Christopher Burke.
Alice Neel and Louise Bourgeois
By Drusilla Modjeska
Andrew Fraser. Image courtesy of Lindy Allen.
Meeting Andrew Fraser
By Jack Marx
Mary Finister at work. © Michael Amendolia
Meeting Mary Finsterer
By Andrew Ford
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Gail Bell
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
By Janette Turner Hospital
On one night, the worst one, and the last one before Katie ran away, there were eighteen of those calls. They were not all the same. If our mother answered, there would be heavy breathing and silence. “Why are you doing this?” our mother would ask in a soft puzzled voice, as though she really expected an answer, as

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