Marina Abramovic in Sydney for her Kaldor Public Art Project

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Marina Abramovic is in Sydney for the duration of her Kaldor Public Art Project, Marina Abramovic: In Residence. That means this city, until July 5, is playing host to one of the most famous artists in the world. When I met Abramovic at Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay on June 5 this year (2015), I found ...

Juz Kitson in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School: “It’s not about the shock factor, and never has been”

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Juz Kitson was selected for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, on now at the National Art School (until May 23, 2015). Kitson's work, titled Something Sacred, is a mad bouquet of strange, seemingly half-formed, animalistic objects. It is suspended from the ceiling and hangs clear of the floor, globular and vaguely confronting. Artist Sophie Cape ...

John Olsen in painterly conversation with Arthur Streeton at Mosman Art Gallery

Sydney Harbour, by Arthur Streeton, 1895

It was wonderful to see John Olsen, one of Australia's oldest living masters, on top of his form at the Mosman Art Gallery this week. Olsen had made the special trip from his Southern Highlands home to present his painting, titled The Rolling Sea and That Streeton Painting, 2014, as his gift to the gallery. Exactly why ...

No more squashed balaclavas: Will Coles is leaving Sydney

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Will Coles, one of Sydney's most dedicated art mavericks, is leaving town to live in Spain. All I can say is, "bugger". Coles is known to any of you who have ever stumbled across one of his strange and enigmatic concrete sculptures that are stuck down firmly on Sydney's streets. Squashed balaclavas and drink cans, TV remotes ...

Chuck Close talks to Artwriter about his hit MCA exhibition in Sydney

With the Chuck Close exhibition closing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia on March 1, I'm posting a full transcript of my interview with Close which took place on Skype. Close was in New York, and it was just before the exhibition, Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration, opened in late 2014. First, a little background. Chuck ...