Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

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…

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…

Cat on a hot petal roof

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Thin metal stems hold up a tree canopy of spacey translucent petals. They appear like dainty Victorian parasols or perhaps…

Savagely original Shakespeare

24 October 2015 9:00 am

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died during a chokehold in police custody. Ten days later, Peter Sellars started rehearsals…

Fat Duckling

18 July 2015 9:00 am

A miniature underwater world is placed on the table. It is like gazing into a rock-pool: meticulously positioned on glass…

Hong Kong diary

25 April 2015 9:00 am

After a year of living in Sydney, the smog in Hong Kong is a shock. I do not see even…

Yearning to be connected

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Painted onto the pristine white wall of Shane Cotton’s latest exhibition Oblique Narratives is a disembodied Maori head. The head…

Black humour

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Every day for one year — as termites invaded the Aboriginal housing commission where Nakkiah Lui’s grandparents lived — Lui…

The art of dying

7 February 2015 9:00 am

‘People can go and die [in my science museum] – and then I want to bury them,’ says David Walsh…

The Cashmere Steamroller

6 December 2014 9:00 am

In 1939 a Russian Jewish immigrant opened a small lingerie shop in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Spanning just 35 metres…

Two Roses (2005)

A legendary artist

19 July 2014 9:00 am

In the early 1960s Robert Dickerson gave his father a collection of his paintings. Regarding them as a waste of…