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Welcome to Whiteley's World

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Brett Whiteley is a legend of Australian art. Despite his tragic death 27 years ago, Australia is still transfixed by rebel, icon and artist. You can visit his studio, see his drawings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, take in a Whiteley opera or take one of his works home. An opportunity to revisit the enigma, here is a guide to everything Whiteley. Welcome to Whiteley’s world.  The poetry lives on. Brett Whiteley - 'Poem for a Lover'.   Your Weekend Guide to Brett Whiteley Escape into Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden Not sign posted and without official opening...

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5 Question Interview with Philippe Le Miere

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Marvel Stadium, the seductiveness of villains and the quest to overcome ads - in this interview, Philippe Le Miere talks all things BLOCK-BUSTER. Discover the spark behind his series, how Hollywood is nesting in Australia and what Le Miere learnt from the other side.    The largest Marvel exhibition ever staged right in the heart of Brisbane. At the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art - 'Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe'.    How you would describe the experience of creating ‘Block-Buster’? It began by asking a simple question -  “what are the mythic stories we tell each other today?”, and ended as a series...

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Let it Hang | The History and How to of the Salon Hang

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We often hear collectors lament that they’ve run out of wall space. Well, no more! Rather than buying endless walls or stunting your collection, we propose you consider the Salon Hang. With roots in eighteenth century Paris, it’s chic, exuberant and strangely enough, practical. Such fans are we, that we’re diving into the history of the hang and arguing for its future - perhaps in your home? Salon Hanging the 21st Century - a contemporary hang featuring works by Charles Blackman, Mark Schaller, Mitjili Napurrula, Lesbia Thorpe and more.    The History of the Salon Hang Believe it or not, but the...

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Making Art History | The Incredible Life and Work of Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

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There are those that lead and those that follow. Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo - the artist behind ‘Coquette’, whose captivating portraits are only rivalled by his captivating life, embodies the former. Antonio DATTILO RUBBO - 'Coquette'   The story of Dattilo-Rubbo begins in 1897, when the young Italian spontaneously left for Sydney. Here, having studied at the Royal Academy in Naples, Dattilo-Rubbo began teaching classes and even established his own atelier. Led by an openness to all ideas, his studio fast become the rival to Julian Ashton, whose didactic approach strictly advocated for Naturalism.           In 1913, Dattilo-Rubbo’s former...

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BLOCK-BUSTER | The Heroes and Villains of Philippe Le Miere's New Series

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    This month, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium transformed into Marvel Stadium. Simultaneously, contemporary artist Philippe Le Miere unveiled his new series BLOCK-BUSTER, which stars paintings of iconic movie posters from Star Wars, to Spiderman and Pulp Fiction. While exacting different ends, these events reveal something so obvious, it’s almost imperceivable - Hollywood’s hand in Australian culture. For Le Miere the story starts long before Hollywood. Rather than a series about films per se, BLOCK-BUSTER is an investigation into myth-making - a practice as old as civilisation itself. For him, Hollywood is the engine behind our contemporary myths, producing the heroes...

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