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Final John Nixon works on show

Final John Nixon works on show

By Rhonda Dredge There is still time to catch the cool minimal- ism of John Nixon in an exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Flinders Lane. The exhibition must break a record for a commercial gallery in that it’s showing for 10 months. The gallery rejected a digital solution when the exhibition was forced to

Made for the home office

By Rhonda Dredge There’s an old adage bandied around among gallerists that when times are difficult you show difficult art. Neon Parc has opened up, the first gallery in the CBD, with a difficult show. It’s not easy to connect with the exhibition called House Arrest. Ho Ho Ho Chinese Scroll, for example, seems particularly

A different view from Eastern Hill

By Rhonda Dredge When you gather artists together you usually have controversy, even at the Victorian Artists’ Society (VAS) in its lovely Romanesque building just east of the Hoddle Grid. Not many are aware of the pleasures of the society nor its illustrious history. It was here in the late 1800s that the Heidelberg School

Museum quality work in Flinders Lane

By Rhonda Dredge, When you are an artist, it’s not just a case of getting the job done. It’s the thought that goes into the work that counts because you want a viewer to retrace those steps. In Cassie Leatham’s Echidna Dish the materials include echidna quills, an abalone shell and pipe clay. It’s unlikely

Building the city we deserve

By Rhonda Dredge When Jax Jacki Brown arrived at the town hall for Broadside, the unashamedly feminist festival last month, she wasn’t expecting to be marginalised. Afterall, she was on one of the panels. The outspoken campaigner was told by ushers at the venue to sit in an area for the disabled. She objected because

From the stock room

By Rhonda Dredge You’re judged in the art world by the decisions you make and Anna Schwartz remembers going down to an artist-run space in Prahran in the early ‘90s.  “When I first started going to Store 5 I was so interested in the artists and what they were doing there,” she said. “They were

Tweet or deWitt: that is the question

By Rhonda Dredge Standing in a queue for a book signing is one of the hidden pleasures of the Melbourne Writers Festival, a place where you can hang out to pick up tips from great storytellers or just get close to fans. Near the front of the queue for the clever author of French Exit

Casual encounters with the past

By Rhonda Dredge Radical families are inspiring and the van Schaiks are a name when it comes to the CBD, in architecture and now art. In fact, Leon van Schaik, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at RMIT could be named a CBD hero.  Back in the ’80s when heritage remakes were the rage, he was responsible

When the press performs well

By Rhonda Dredge Way above the CBD in a lovely little apartment hidden within a hotel on Highlander Lane, two thinkers work on articles for publication in the academic press. Leonie Huddy and Stanley Feldman are political psychologists and they like the quiet of a high-rise location.  But a haven in Melbourne’s CBD does not

The tenderness of artistic types

By Rhonda Dredge The path of a writer is hellish. Many take the safer journey into genre. Organisations abound to help crime writers. Fantasy goes down well on the internet.  But the plain old realist with mental health issues and a desire to expose the pretensions of Melbourne’s literary industry has to rely on his

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