Archibald Prize 2014: Fiona Lowry captures Penelope Seidler lost in thoughts of her home with Harry

Penelope Seidler with her Fiona Lowry portrait on the day it won the 2014 Archibald Prize

It's Friday July 18, 2014, the day the portrait of Penelope Seidler wins the Archibald Prize for Bondi artist Fiona Lowry. Even before the noon media announcement by Art Gallery of NSW head of trustees, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, we all know who's won. At least, we think we do. Penelope Seidler, widow of the towering Sydney architect, the late Harry ...

Erika Diettes: images of suffering go on view in Head On Photo Festival

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Erika Diettes' photographic portraits of Colombian women are printed on lengths of fine silk. Numbering about 20, the portraits are delicately suspended from the ceiling of St Canice's church in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, as part of the Head On Photo Festival. The peaceful interior of St Canice's is a perfect setting for these extraordinary images of real-life suffering, ...

Letter from George Gittoes: “thoughts on a haunted Afghanistan”

It's not easy to describe George Gittoes. Film maker. Painter. Performance artist. Keeper of illustrated diaries. So far so good. Independent war artist and eye on the world in conflict. Yes, all that too. Restless mind, inquiring nature, fearless pursuit of truth. Definitely all of that. And yet you have to know Gittoes for a long time before the ...

Christian Boltanski eats live native green tree ants in Sydney

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  What does a famous French artist do at a VIP dinner in his honour, when his dessert starts crawling around in the bowl? If you are Christian Boltanski, you are highly amused, intrigued, say "non, non", clap your hands to your face, and finally agree to have one popped into your mouth. I snapped Boltanski at the ...