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‘The whole universe reflected in a single leaf’: The quiet beauty of ikebana

‘The whole universe reflected in a single leaf’: The quiet beauty of ikebana

When it comes to the Japanese art of ikebana, appearances are only part of the point.

  • by Megan Backhouse

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Crazy, stupid, love on show in intimate and edgy exhibition

Crazy, stupid, love on show in intimate and edgy exhibition

From the romantic to the familial to the downright perverse, the new White Rabbit Gallery exhibition captures many kinds of love.

  • by John McDonald
Celebrities play their strangest roles yet in new portrait show

Celebrities play their strangest roles yet in new portrait show

Robert Wilson’s video portraits are fitting for an era of globalised culture and digital media.

  • by John McDonald
This colourful exhibition is one of the most joyous shows you’ll see this year

This colourful exhibition is one of the most joyous shows you’ll see this year

Colin Lanceley was one of the most original artists of his generation, but has been forgotten with obscene rapidity. His place in Australian art should be assured.

  • by John McDonald
Forget the masters, this artist’s work is breathtaking. We need more shows like it

Forget the masters, this artist’s work is breathtaking. We need more shows like it

Chiharu Shiota is in global demand and her new exhibition, The Soul Trembles, is the biggest ever display of her work. Word of mouth is sure to be strong.

  • by John McDonald
It is hard to make Picasso surprising – but this remarkable show succeeds

It is hard to make Picasso surprising – but this remarkable show succeeds

He may have dominated the 20th century like no other painter, but Picasso saw himself as a talent that could not be constrained by time.

  • by John McDonald
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This Picasso show gives you all the clues to find the man behind the myth

This Picasso show gives you all the clues to find the man behind the myth

Picasso was seen as the progenitor of modern art: prolific, audacious, revolutionary, passionate, intuitive, a metaphorical matador with a licence to be cruel.

  • by Robert Nelson
The reject shop: The works the Archibalds didn’t want

The reject shop: The works the Archibalds didn’t want

The parade of discards includes one image that would be an excellent model for the official portrait of the outgoing prime minister.

  • by John McDonald
Enjoy your sculptures by the sea? Wait until you see them in the Snowies

Enjoy your sculptures by the sea? Wait until you see them in the Snowies

The creators of the sculpture trail along Sydney’s east coast have turned their attention inland to one of Australia’s renowned beauty spots.

  • by John McDonald
‘Alive with vibrations’: the pandemic art that remade our city’s laneways

‘Alive with vibrations’: the pandemic art that remade our city’s laneways

Flash Forward, a pandemic project from the City of Melbourne, turned ugly corners of the CBD into dazzling works of art.

  • by Robert Nelson
Sure, the Archibalds are fun, but here’s a portrait show you shouldn’t miss

Sure, the Archibalds are fun, but here’s a portrait show you shouldn’t miss

Art critic John McDonald writes that one rarely sees a touring blockbuster with so many high-quality works.

  • by John McDonald