Donald McDonald

Ko wai Koe (Who Are You) 2005  from the series The Odyssey of Captain Cook by Marian Maguire

Ko wai Koe (Who Are You) 2005 from the series The Odyssey of Captain Cook by Marian Maguire

22 October 2016 9:00 am

When colourful Tasmanian identity David Walsh announced his intention to build an art gallery in Hobart, open to the public…

Adam Frandsen plays The Architect

Adam Frandsen plays The Architect

15 October 2016 9:00 am

First performed 21 years ago, it’s title was The Eighth Wonder. This year it is being revived under a cumbersome…

David Hockney English 1937– 
Self-portrait, 25 March 2012, No. 2 
iPad drawing Collection of the artist
© David Hockney

David Hockney

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Born in Yorkshire 79 years ago, he fell in love with the idea of California as a child via Hollywood…

Kevin Jackson as Nijinsky

Kevin Jackson as Nijinsky

1 October 2016 9:00 am

In 1981, at the Sydney Theatre Company, we presented a stylish production of Chinchilla, a play by Robert David MacDonald…

Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black

24 September 2016 9:00 am

David Jones administration may be moving to Melbourne but that won’t worry Sydney: it knows where DJ’s really belongs. Reading…

Paul Dyer & ABO section leaders

Paul Dyer & ABO section leaders

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Announcements of 2017 seasons are coming thick and fast. The Sydney Theatre Company, having lost an artistic director on the…

Pirramimma, Wentworth Falls.

Pirramimma, Wentworth Falls

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Gardens are one of the indicators of civilisation. It is said that the first references to gardens occurred about 4,000…

Maxim Vengerov

Maxim Vengerov

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Sir Andrew Davis, chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, described its recently announced 2017 season as ‘a marvellous feast…

Martha Argerich

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27 August 2016 9:00 am

This is the time of the year when the major performing arts companies announce their seasons for next year, beginning…

John Armstrong

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13 August 2016 9:00 am

‘What is art for?’ is a question too rarely asked. The question is posed, and answered, in the book Art…

Sculptures at Barangaroo

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6 August 2016 9:00 am

The most significant enhancement to Sydney Harbour since the restoration of Walsh Bay, the Barangaroo development is coming into its…

Siegfried and The Rhinemaidens Photo: Jeff Busby

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30 July 2016 9:00 am

Although it was premiered in Bayreuth in 1876, it was another 122 years before The Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner…

Archibald Prize finalist Lucy Culliton, Lucy and fans  oil on canvas, 170.5 x 170 cm, (c) the artist

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23 July 2016 9:00 am

‘A portrait is a painting with something wrong about the mouth’ is a quotation attributed to John Singer Sargent, painter…

Adam Jacobs (NY)

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16 July 2016 9:00 am

To my parents in the 1930s, the name Disney meant Mickey Mouse. Now the name is associated not only with…

Anna Dowsley & Nicole Car

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9 July 2016 9:00 am

A couple of weeks ago Opera Australia celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a gala concert at the Opera House. Surprisingly…

Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Swan Lake

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2 July 2016 9:00 am

Amid predictable demands for increased funding for the arts, The Australian Ballet is setting off on its 25th ( yes,…

Jonathan Church: Photo by James Green

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25 June 2016 9:00 am

To mis-quote Lady Bracknell: losing an artistic director after just 9 months ‘smacks of carelessness’. That is exactly what has…

Piers Lane

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18 June 2016 9:00 am

David Speers was irritated when Bronwyn Bishop spoke about the Sydney International Piano Competition when he wanted her to dish…

Conductor Antony Walker

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11 June 2016 9:00 am

He was the most successful and influential composer of the classical period; Josef Haydn (1732-1809) wrote 108 symphonies, 68 string…

Barry Humphries

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4 June 2016 9:00 am

A failed political experiment that began nearly 100 years ago, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), still holds considerable fascination for many…

Eoin Andersen

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28 May 2016 9:00 am

Zurich’s loss was Melbourne’s gain in 2015 when Eoin Andersen became Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Having begun violin…

ROY DE MAISTRE (1894-1968) The Studio Table (1928) - detail

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21 May 2016 9:00 am

It was a big week for art auctions; Sotheby’s grossed $14.2 million over May10 & 11, their best result since…

Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton at the Met 2016

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14 May 2016 9:00 am

Born in France of Sicilian parents, Roberto Alagna has been one of the opera world’s outstanding tenors for nearly 25…

Wednesday Lily and Otto by Myriam Kin-Yee

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7 May 2016 9:00 am

To be celebrating the 200th anniversary this year of the Royal Botanic Gardens is quite astounding. Just 28 years after…

Artist’s impression of proposed new museum at Parramatta

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30 April 2016 9:00 am

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Apollo, the international art magazine, a stablemate of The Spectator…