I Ran Away to Sydney

sydney harbour photograph

Being the professional that I am, I just abandoned the blog for a few days while I wandered the streets of Sydney. I used to do it a lot more often during my pre-mortgage days and my pre-crap-earnings days, but now I’m forced to make this one little muddied puddle as interesting as I can. So I really appreciate the rare moments where I do escape, even if it’s just down to Sydney which is about an hour and a half drive. I caught up with some friends and never went into one single art gallery, which is usually the only reason I go to Sydney. I’m now feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world again! Here’s some holiday snaps..Continue Reading

Sydney Contemporary 13

sydney contemporary art fair

I should be heading down to Sydney this weekend as there’s the new and much talked about Sydney Contemporary art fair on, but I just couldn’t be bothered. I know.. what kind of an art blogger am I?! A poor one at the moment. It’s only a couple of hours drive but I usually like to stay in Sydney for the night to catch up with what’s on. Since I can’t afford to stay the night I’m not going. Rich country problems, huh? Continue Reading

Moran Prizes in Australia

doug moran art competition

Entries close on the 25th of this month for the Moran prizes in Australia. It’s one of the more popular art competitions around with a total of $300,000 up for grabs. The prizes include the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes. Painter Ben Quilty will be one of the judges for the portrait prize, so I’m thinking if you do painterly paintings you probably should enter.Continue Reading

Ken Done Paintings

ken done exhibition

If Henri Matisse and Damien Hirst had a love child it would be Ken Done. I think he’s one of Australia’s greatest living painters but he’s generally seen as a sideshow act by the art world. Done sells truckloads of tea towels, bikinis and ties with his brightly colored designs scrawled all over them but that’s just one side of the man.Continue Reading

5000 Nude Australians on the Sydney Opera House

Spencer Tunick has encouraged 5000 Australians to get naked and pose on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. That’s not my white bum on the bottom left of the image as I chose not to scare the locals. I’m not much of a morning person either.Continue Reading

Intensely Dutch in Sydney

I’m in Sydney for a few days as a family member was passing through town and needed a place to stay. The problem was that he may have swine flu or at least a bad case of regular flu. Either way, I wasn’t hanging around to catch any flu! So it was a great excuse to jump in the car and drive.

Today I went to the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney to see Intensely Dutch, which looks at Dutch artists after world war 2, including artists from the CoBrA movement. Artists include Karel Appel, Gerrit Benner, Bram Bogart, Constant, Corneille, Edgar Fernhout, Willem de Kooning, Theo Kuijpers, Lucebert, Jaap Nanninga, Wim Oepts, Jan Riske, Jan J Schoonhoven, Bram van Velde, and Jaap Wagemaker.Continue Reading

Paper in the Wind

Simple, everyday things amuse me. For example, a piece of paper blowing in the wind..

It was made by Sydney based artist Gary Deirmendjian.

1. a wondering through city fringe laneways;
2. a scrap of paper torn from a nearby skip;
3. a breeze; and
4. a pocket camera aimed with the hope of catching something interesting.Continue Reading

Patricia Piccinini at Roslyn Oxley9

Patricia Piccinini is currently showing a bunch of weird and wonderful things at the Roslyn Oxley9 gallery in Sydney. The show is called Related Individuals and closes on the 6th of December.Continue Reading

Claude Monet and the Impressionists in Sydney

On Sunday I spent the day in Sydney and visited the Claude Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Impressionism was never my favorite art movement, but when a whale of an artist like Claude Monet comes to town it’s hard to find an excuse to not see it. Australian museums aren’t exactly overflowing with masterpieces from around the world, so any decent traveling exhibition is a must see.Continue Reading

Pablo Picasso Auction in Sydney

A Pablo Picasso painting is being auctioned this week in Sydney, Australia at Deutscher-Menzies. The 1954 work titled “Sylvette” is expected to set a record for a painting auctioned in Australia with an estimate of between $5,000,000 and 7,000,000.Continue Reading