Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Illuminating

24 November 2018 9:00 am

It is not often that the ghosts of the past stare straight at us. Yet that is exactly what happens…

Charles Darwin’s latest voyage

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Gazing over the grand central gallery in London’s Natural History Museum – over the thousands of punters that visit daily…

Body parts

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Walking around Patricia Piccinini’s Melbourne studio, we could be on a tour at the Natural History Museum. ‘And here we…

Black mass

14 July 2018 9:00 am

That Dark Mofo, the Tasmanian festival dedicated to the dark arts, has courted controversy once again is no surprise. Just…

Murphy’s lore

5 May 2018 9:00 am

Murphy – the Australian Ballet’s tribute to choreographer Graeme Murphy, surely their brightest star – kicks off with a scene…

Save the last dance for Li

31 March 2018 9:00 am

As a child growing up in rural China during the punishing years of the Cultural Revolution, Li Cunxin felt like…

Darwin’s puppets

17 February 2018 9:00 am

When I was young, like many teenagers, I considered science dull. At a Passover dinner one year, I declared this…

Beats at the barber shop

27 January 2018 9:00 am

If there is one prop that sticks out in the Barber Shop Chronicles it is the mirror. At the end…

Blasphemy or art?

13 January 2018 9:00 am

When Indonesian artist Arahmaia-ni Feisal first exhibited Lingga-Yoni, she received death threats. Against scrawled Arabic script, the 1994 artwork showed…

Bopping with Bippera

9 December 2017 9:00 am

In 2012, as James Morrison was collecting his trumpet from the baggage carousel at Cairns airport, a fan approached to…

Communicating hope

25 November 2017 9:00 am

They’re so small you might not notice them. Sitting side by side on a white wall in Brisbane’s Gallery of…

Decaying one day, enchanting the next

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The private island resort of Bedarra was once a byword for excess: champagne baths were not unheard of. But when…

But is it art…?

19 August 2017 9:00 am

In the 1950s a childless couple in the deserts of California set about creating their own family. Calvin and Ruby…

Woolf works

29 July 2017 9:00 am

‘What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you,’ Virginia Woolf composed in…

Done to death

8 July 2017 9:00 am

‘I’m bored!’ declares my companion while yet another naked body is hoisted – like Jesus – onto a makeshift cross.…

Time bandits

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Oooooo,’ coos the middle-aged box office lady with a wink, as I pick up my tickets to the World Science…

Mao’s music

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Smog is making me cough and I feel my eyelids smart and redden. High-rises are swaddled in a soupy haze…

Revealing nudes

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Nude begins with that most perfect of bodies: champion archer Teucer drawing his bow, his youthful face absorbed in concentration,…

Revealing nudes

19 January 2017 3:00 pm

Nude begins with that most perfect of bodies: champion archer Teucer drawing his bow, his youthful face absorbed in concentration,…

Laughing at the devil

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

‘Prison did not touch me,’ declares Pussy Riot’s Maria ‘Masha’ Alyokhina, raising her eyebrows with a sardonic smirk. I am…

Laughing at the devil

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

‘Prison did not touch me,’ declares Pussy Riot’s Maria ‘Masha’ Alyokhina, raising her eyebrows with a sardonic smirk. I am…

European diary

3 December 2016 9:00 am

In the pretty medieval city of Wroclaw one highlight is the pierogis – the fat, soggy dumplings Poland is famous…

Australian diary

1 December 2016 3:00 pm

In the pretty medieval city of Wroclaw one highlight is the pierogis – the fat, soggy dumplings Poland is famous…

Dark places

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Mikhael Subotzky – artist, Magnum photographer, and now fictional filmmaker – first made his name documenting the South African prison…

The artist as entrepreneur

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Not many artists can boast to being engaged to Miss Universe Australia. But, then, Alesandro Ljubicic is not like many…