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aCOMMENT on Judith White’s “Culture Heist: Art versus Money”

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Comment | 0 comments

aCOMMENT on Judith White’s “Culture Heist: Art versus Money”

  I first saw a photo of the classical revival built courthouse in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland some years ago when researching the convict John Graham.1 Since then I’ve entered the Art Gallery of New South Wales many times without realising just how closely its portico and pediment resemble the facade of the imposing Dundalk Courthouse. This marked resemblance first struck me on seeing the ominous cover of Judith White’s book Culture Heist, just published by Brandl &...

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The Beckoning

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Comment | 0 comments

The Beckoning

THE BECKONING – a short story blending fact and fiction.   Their honeymoon began rather ordinarily.  They’d had to wait a week which didn’t please her any more than him, but she’d never been much good at maths and had got the dates wrong. Then there was the train trip.  Why train for goodness sake, she would ask her visitors years later, why not a hire car?  The question betrayed her wavering state of mind and her scant recall of how few were the transport options back in...

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Mallacoota Musings

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Comment | 1 comment

Mallacoota Musings

  Mallacoota, midway between Sydney and Melbourne, is a small remote coastal town on the entrance shore of an extensive inlet. Surrounded by national park, it is simply magnificent.   Utilising images, prose and the 5,7,5 syllable lines of Japanese Haiku – a nod to the bardic E. J. Brady – these musings reflect on Mallacoota, its magic, its minions and its mischief.  They will appear spasmodically, when mood and muse align.  A listing follows with dates of...

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aCOMMENT: on Patrick McCaughey’s “Strange Country”

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Comment | 1 comment

aCOMMENT: on Patrick McCaughey’s “Strange Country”

Some time ago I knew only so much about Australian art – I might recognise who a painting was by and know a little about the painter. When reading a book like Patrick McCaughey’s new tome Strange Country: why Australian painting matters, I took it as gospel.     Today not a lot has changed – except regarding matters discussed on this website.  On these I have more detailed knowledge. So when a friend loaned a copy of her newly acquired Strange Country and asked...

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with reason, without rhyme: a Max Harris biography

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Comment, Malley | 1 comment

with reason, without rhyme: a Max Harris biography

Max Harris was many things to many people: poet, journalist, critic, bookseller, publisher, newspaper columnist, husband, father … and much more. He can be thought of as one of the great catalysts of Australian letters. He sped up the reaction – he made things happen. His footprints are certainly all over the territory covered by this website: Malley, Nolan, Heide and Comment. It was Max to whom Ethel Malley sent her dead brother Ern’s poems; it was Max who in 1945 visited...

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‘Am and Tripe: The Turners in Adelaide

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Comment | 2 comments

‘Am and Tripe: The Turners in Adelaide

    ‘Am and Tripe coincides with the visit to Adelaide of a major exhibition of Turner paintings from their London home at the Tate Britain. Two Adelaide children enter Turner’s world and there discover new connections between people, places, events and paintings.  But beware – some of the discoveries come from the wonderful world of their imagination.   It seems appropriate that this story should center on Adelaide where, 70 years ago this October, Max...

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