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 ...

A Chance meeting with Christian Boltanski

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The renowned French artist Christian Boltanski is in Sydney for the opening at Carriageworks of Chance, his grand, post-industrial installation about birth and death. I met him there, on assignment for the Daily Telegraph, and will write about our interview lower in this story. First, some background. Boltanski already has a link to Australia, and has been ...

On Fernand Leger and Giorgio de Chirico: interview with Jeffrey Smart

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As any art lover in Australia will know, the extraordinary Australian painter Jeffrey Smart passed away in his adopted home of Tuscany on June 20 this year (2013). Here is an interview I conducted with Smart on February 20, 2002, when he was 80 years old. The interview took place at the Art Gallery of NSW, ...

Sam Jinks exhibits at Venice Biennale satellite exhibition, Personal Structures

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  The Melbourne artist Sam Jinks has been included in┬áPersonal Structures: Time, Space, Existence, a collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale, which opened on June 1, 2013. I have interviewed Jinks twice before, so I thought I would dig out my 2012 interview notes with him and share them here on my website. First of all, here ...

Indigenous artist’s painting on museum rooftop to be visible from the Eiffel Tower

Sydney: One June 6 this year (2013), a black and white painting by the senior indigenous Australian artist Lena Nyadbi will be unveiled in Paris. Uniquely, the painting will be on the rooftop of award-winning architect Jean Nouvel's museum of the world's "first peoples", the musee du Quai Branly, located on the banks of the ...