Published 01 June 2019
State Library of NSW
Response to the article by Peter Anderson in this issue of Artlink examining arts industry rhetoric and policy objectives.
Exhibition review Blink
Contemporary Art Centre
Published September 1992
Our sports stars are successful because they are not burdened by funding programs which dribble a meagre supply to an army of unknown novices....the arts need radical strategies to help them survive the recession and achieve greater audience participation. (this article is responded to by Norm Austin, the Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of NSW).
Looks at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Circular Quay in Sydney and the issue of economics.
Book review Identities: A Critical Study of the Work of Mike Parr
University of Western Australia Press
Looks at the artist in residence program for Thancoupie at the Hamley Bridge Primary School South Australia in May 1992.
Critically examines the 11th manifestation of the international art fair ARCO in Madrid. Photographs of the art fair included in the article.
Exhibition review Suzanne Treister
Post West Gallery
22 - 31 May 1992
No matter what we say about furniture, it seems to have been said before. Small wonder that painting and installation attracts our writers more than furniture, when discourse about tables and chairs is confined to the rehearsal of so many grim platitudes. But if banality beleaguers the objects themselves, it is still more oppressively unavoidable in discussion of the unfortunate Australian industries of furniture design and manufacture.
Clear discussion of the issues facing stage and set designers in the visual arts world.
Just recently I was giving a lecture to a large group of arts people when a person in the audience had a go at me for talking about the economy of the arts and not about art. I, too, am very conscious of the intellectual dilemma in this regard.
I am often asked where I originally come from. And, if I am in a wicked mood, I will try to embarass the questioner with some non-answer. A persistent enquirer will ignore the flippancy and further qualify their question by rephrasing the terminology to ask whether I was born in Australia (which incidentally, was the form the question was usually couched in up to the 1980s when issues of multiculturalism introduced a so-called obscure politeness.
The arts community of Australia has weathered the recession extremely well. While shopkeepers are shutting their doors, factories are shedding their workers, and the average Australian contemplates life in the same house for the next five years, the average artist continues on pretty much as always.