George Gittoes and the Sydney Peace Prize: an interview from Artwriter’s archives

George Gittoes, 2014, photographed by Elizabeth Fortescue at Hazelhurst gallery, Gymea

The Australian artist George Gittoes will receive the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize on Tuesday November 10, 2015. It's a high accolade that's been won by the likes of Desmond Tutu. Ahead of the Peace Prize ceremony at Sydney Town Hall that day, I wanted to devote a post to Gittoes and his extraordinary body of work. I ...

Yang Zhichao and the Chinese Bible: major new artwork for the Art Gallery of NSW

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Yang Zhichao's artwork, Chinese Bible, on view at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney until August 1, 2015, is one of the most extraordinary works of contemporary art I have ever seen. Now it belongs to the Art Gallery of NSW, thanks to its recent gifting by the Sherman family. I saw Chinese Bible at SCAF and interviewed ...

Heartlands and Headwaters: John Wolseley at the NGV

Portrait of John Wolseley, supplied by NGV

John Wolseley is one of Australia's most extraordinary landscape artists, and if you're in Melbourne you can catch his landmark exhibition, Heartlands and Headwaters, at the National Gallery of Victoria until  September 20, 2015. I interviewed Wolseley regarding Heartlands and Headwaters, and the transcript follows. First, a little background about the project from the NGV: For four years, artist John Wolseley ...

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 ...