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How modernist queen Frances Burke kept wartime Australia looking fabulous

How modernist queen Frances Burke kept wartime Australia looking fabulous

Frocks were rationed and loungerooms looked dull but the Melbourne designer was here to help.

  • by Janice Breen Burns

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Here one day, gone the next: artist Jeremy Deller drops in on Melbourne

Here one day, gone the next: artist Jeremy Deller drops in on Melbourne

The award-winning British conceptual artist’s latest work will last just 12 hours.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
Found in the divorce tidy-up: Forgotten works of an artists’ commune

Found in the divorce tidy-up: Forgotten works of an artists’ commune

Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix and Rod Stewart hung out at Marden Hill House. But the real legacy was the work of the DANAD design collective.

  • by Ginny Dougary
Were Fragonard’s paintings too erotic? A closer look at one of art’s enigmas
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Were Fragonard’s paintings too erotic? A closer look at one of art’s enigmas

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was acclaimed for his erotic masterpieces before the French Revolution. A new book explores why his career come to an abrupt end.

  • by John McDonald
‘It was just like being on Mars’: The prize-winning image that says so much

‘It was just like being on Mars’: The prize-winning image that says so much

Sydney photographer Joel B. Pratley has won this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

  • by Nick Galvin
It’s infecting art:  COVID and single use objects highlighted in new art prize

It’s infecting art: COVID and single use objects highlighted in new art prize

Masks are saving lives, but the threat that single-use items like them pose to the environment is highlighted in the northern beaches’ first ever Environmental Art and Design Prize.

  • by Julie Power
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National Gallery hands $3 million in looted art back to India

National Gallery hands $3 million in looted art back to India

The National Gallery of Australia is set finally to purge its collection of artworks associated with disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.

  • by Nick Galvin
Museums can be very ‘exclusive’ places: Rose Hiscock

Museums can be very ‘exclusive’ places: Rose Hiscock

Rose Hiscock has led some of our biggest cultural institutions, and now the passionate advocate for arts and science is heading up Melbourne’s new Science Gallery.

  • by Kylie Northover
Cuddly nana or crone? Artist reframes older women as wonderfully witchy

Cuddly nana or crone? Artist reframes older women as wonderfully witchy

Sally Rees’ new works embrace an “unruly and fearsome” vision of ageing.

  • by Andrew Stephens
Museum of Contemporary Art names Suzanne Cotter as new director

Museum of Contemporary Art names Suzanne Cotter as new director

The Australian expatriate will become the MCA’s first new director in two decades when she replaces the departing Liz Ann Macgregor next year.

  • by Linda Morris
Our sustainable future began 60,000 years ago: finally, we’re catching up

Our sustainable future began 60,000 years ago: finally, we’re catching up

This year’s online Open House Melbourne program champions the role of Indigenous culture in charting a better way.

  • by Ray Edgar