Arts + Culture

Australia For Art Lovers: Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra

Opus Australia - National Portrait Gallery Canberra

By David McKenzie Forget the bustling beaches, Australia has a burgeoning art scene that is ready to reshape the island nation’s reputation as a cultural hotspot. Balancing ancient and modern Aboriginal artwork with European masterpieces and a gushing stream of head-turning contemporary art, Australia boasts a unique artistic smorgasbord. Without touching on the swathe of modern galleries, workshops and popular ...

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10 Exceptional Millennial Artists to Watch


By Priscilla Frank This post originally appeared on artnet News by Christie Chu Max Brand, Untitled (2013). Photo: courtesy of Jacky Strenz. It’s no secret art dealers, collectors, critics, and curators are always on the hunt to discover up-and-coming artists who are destined for greatness. Although no list is ever finished, of course, artnet News has narrowed down the search, ...

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Could The Arts Be Funded With User Taxes?


By Douglas McLennan “When I was Director of the California Arts Council, I floated the idea of adding 25 cents to the price of a movie ticket (in California), the money to come to the Arts Council and support Arts Education (a bit of an easier sell than general arts organization funding). Again, I didn’t think an extra quarter would ...

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Sarkis on His Pavilion of Turkey Installation in Venice


By Nicholas Forrest Influential Istanbul-born conceptual artist Sarkis says that his installation for the Pavilion of Turkey at the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia has been the most personally challenging of all the work he has produced to date. Titled “Respiro,” meaning “breath” in Italian, the installation features two site-specific neon rainbows and two large-scale mirrors with ...

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Preview: Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art, June 1-2, 2015


By Darryl Jingwen Wee HONG KONG — Sotheby’s upcoming Chinese Works of Art sales on June 1 and 2 will feature two special sections: “Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part X,” and “Jades from the Zidongtang Collection.” A particular highlight is an outstanding glass snuff bottle produced at the Palace Workshops in the Forbidden City, enamelled ...

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Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger

Picasso - Les Femmes d'Alger Version O

By David McKenzie ‘We’re in new territory.’ So said auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen in New York on Monday night, as the bidding price for Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) pushed past USD$150 million. Soon after, cheers, gasps and applause erupted from the packed auction room, as Pylkkänen pounded his gavel at a cool $160 million. With commission taking that ...

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Writhing, Smiling, Touching: Yoko Ono at MoMA


By Scott Indrisek Let’s get this out of the way right now: “Yoko Ono, One Woman Show: 1960-71” is a worthwhile, intriguing exhibition that successfully demonstrates the artist’s brand of often-humorous Conceptualism, and does so without trading in spectacle or celebrity-worship. I entered the MoMA show with an open mind and left with a newfound appreciation. Not everything works — ...

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Scotland for Art Lovers

Opus Scotland - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh

By David McKenzie A trip to Scotland evokes sitting in a cosy cottage, looking out across a magical landscape while enjoying delicious, locally sourced food and a glass of the world’s best whisky. However, while Scotland certainly delivers on its breathtaking natural beauty, outstanding modern cuisine and quaint historic villages, it also delivers in a big way to visitors hungry ...

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The Past and its New Place: Soviet Public Sculpture in Lithuania

Opus Statues - Green Bridge Sculptures Vilnius

By David McKenzie To those in the know, art undeniably has important social functions. It can reflect, reject, or ponder the social and political environment surrounding us, or it can provide an escape from all that, a respite from overbearing economics and politics that usually fog the glasses through which we see our worlds. But for the most part, it ...

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