On Your (Motor)bike - REVIEW: Reason and Emotion, Biennale of Sydney, 2004, and 2004: Australian Culture Now, Melbourne

Sydney Biennale bad, 2004 in Melbourne good. The artworlds consensus locked in quick and hard. Fair? Of course not. Why compare the two, anyway? Because the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) seemed to set it up that way, by the timing of their show. They certainly took as 2004s model the nationally bound Whitney Biennial and, in particular, the Art Gallery of New South Waless Perspecta exhibitions (last one 1999) - in turn established to counter the perceived internationalism of the Sydney Biennale.

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