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Putting on the Ritz: Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion at NGV

In the 1920s, the corseted curves of the Belle Époque silhouette gave way for a new image of femininity. The flapper girl, with her bobbed hair and boyish figure and shimmery, sequined dresses, became an icon of the Art Deco period. These girls were bold, daring and scintillating. … Read more »

There ever you are, where are you?

I see tarmac and the horizon. Clouds diffuse the light outside the huge window. A toddler is squealing, leaving his lunch in a line of prints across the massive window. I hear the flow of people in the hallway near my seat. I think of travel and … Read more »

Who is this Crumb guy, anyway?

I first remember hearing the name Robert Crumb in late high school. It was 2003, and I’d gone to see the Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor. At the time, I was unfamiliar with Crumb – a thin, gawky man in a straw boater and Coke-bottle glasses who … Read more »

This cube knows Shakespeare: the Virtual Reality of Google Art Project

There’s an old computer graphics/Virtual Reality quandary named, Aesop-like (or maybe after an awful British folk dish), the ‘Teapot in a Stadium’ problem, detailing the difficulty of creating realistic 3D imagery where there’s a variance of scale: to create a decent computer fake of a teapot in … Read more »

“I’m not a guide, we don’t have guides”: MONANISM, Opening exhibition of MONA, Tasmania

Approaching the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Berriedale, Tasmania via the highway is a little like the establishing shot in action movies of the villain’s island lair: implanted into a headland, a great clot of concrete gridding and glowing, ochre rust. The museum is … Read more »

The View from Here: 19 Perspectives on Feminism

If you’re in Melbourne, today’s the last day you can catch The View from Here: 19 Perspectives on Feminism at the Next Wave Festival. Curated by Victoria Bennett and Clare Rae, the project pairs eight writers with eight artists to examine contemporary feminist ideas. The works explore … Read more »

How do you document a scene? Melbourne / Brisbane: punk, art and after

Image: Performance by The Boys Next Door with Jenny Watson’s “An original oil painting (black & white) (For Nick Cave)” at the Crystal Ballroom, Melbourne’, 1979, photograph courtesy John Nixon In Martine Syms’ Bad at Sports review of North Drive Press #5 – an annual art publication … Read more »

Permeating boundaries: The art of Issey Miyake

Prithvi Varatharajan went to a lecture about the Issey Miyake fashion label, presented by its creative director Dai Fujiwara. The event was hosted by RMIT as part of the 2010 L’Oréal Fashion Week. The lecture covered Issey Miyake’s groundbreaking design concepts, including ‘A Piece of Cloth’. In … Read more »

Liquid Desire

  The Salvador Dalí exhibition, ‘Liquid Desire’, is in its final weeks at the National Gallery of Victoria. The retrospective, which includes some of Dalí’s earliest work (completed at the age of fifteen), cleverly shows the evolution of the artist’s distinctive style. Texts accompanying the artworks provide … Read more »