Archibald Prize 2012, or “Smudge Storrier’s big day out”

When Tim Storrier won the Archibald Prize on March 30, 2012, no one expected the occasion at the Art Gallery of NSW to become a doggy day out. But that's exactly what happened when Storrier's family cajoled the gallery attendants into giving the family pooch special access. And quite rightly so, because Smudge the rescued ...

William Kentridge talks to Artwriter about his latest Sydney exhibition

South African contemporary artist William Kentridge is one of the world’s most extraordinary artists and, in recent years, one of the most celebrated. Kentridge’s work is inventive, poetic, dramatic, reflective, political, sincere and communicative of the human condition. I interviewed Kentridge on March 9, 2012, when he came to Sydney for the opening of his Annandale ...

Shaun Gladwell: Midnight Traceur and other recent works

I interviewed Shaun Gladwell at Anna Schwartz Gallery in CarriageWorks on October 25, 2011, during the installation of his exhibition, Riding with Death: Redux. Here's the text of our interview. Gladwell, who has moved to London to live, talked about his parkour video titled Midnight Traceur. This is the one that features this parkour artist, Ali Kadhim. ...

Unveiled: Biennale of Sydney 2012

Today [February 29, 2012] I attended the official unveiling of the program for the Biennale of Sydney 2012 at the Art Gallery of NSW. It left me with the feeling that this could be a Biennale that speaks softly. It won't yell or have a tantrum. It won't try to attract your attention with empty ...

Interview with Dr Michael Brand, new director of the AGNSW

The Art Gallery of NSW has announced that Dr Michael Brand will take up the reins as the gallery's director in mid 2012. Dr Brand replaces Edmund Capon, who retired as director in December 2011 after leading the gallery for an astonishing 33 years. I interviewed Dr Brand about his appointment on the mornng of the ...