March 19

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY (AT AGNSW)

Kay Campbell,  Jörg Lenzlinger, Juliana Engberg and Gerda Steiner

Kay Campbell, Jörg Lenzlinger, Juliana Engberg and Gerda Steiner

Its almost impossible not to have heard about this Sydney Biennale which has opened in a firestorm of controversy (pardon the poetry) but for those of you who have been living under a rock Nat has been dutifully collecting headlines. See the recap below. Following a tense lead up – we did go to the Biennale – and attended the first of the openings which kicked of at the Art Gallery of New South Wales last night. And what a fabulous opening it was – perhaps the Transfield biz has had a beneficial effect because in the end it seemed to bring everyone together. Or in other words the relief was palpable. Needless to say the speeches were significantly more interesting than usual and much of the conversation that ensued once the wine started flowing was absolutely scintillating.

For the record –  we at the social pages hate it that innocent people, … kids, … families, are imprisoned in appalling  conditions on Manus Island and Nauru – to mention but two such facilities.   It has been extremely unfortunate that the arts has become embroiled in this debate ( and really, what’s to argue ?)  The arts is an area where one can safely say most people would agree with us . In the end – refugees are still in remote prisons courtesy of the “good” people of Australia, funding is in doubt and artists unfairly cop it for being a bunch of prima donnas.

Drive you to drink … it would. And it did.

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HEADLINE RECAP

The art of being awkward: Brandis is wrong about the Biennale We should value the Biennale protest, not threaten arts funding

Is there any clean money left to fund the arts? The Biennale, Transfield, and the value of boycott Luca Belgiorno-Nettis should just buy a yacht

Artists’ victory over Transfield misses the bigger picture

Four more artists withdraw from Biennale

If the Sydney Biennale doesn’t need Transfield’s money, why should they be asking for ours?

Artists fleeing repression detained on Manus Island

MEDICI, MACHIAVELLI, GOEBBELS AND TRANSFIELD THE HIGHLY SELECTIVE ARTISTIC FURY OF BIENNALE BOYCOTTERS

MICHAEL BRAND: BOYCOTTING ART ISN’T IN ANYONE’S INTEREST

IMAGINE WHAT YOU DESIRE – WAS IT REALLY THIS?

BIENNALE OF SYDNEY SPLITS FROM TRANSFIELD ART FOR ART’S SAKE, MONEY FOR GOD’S SAKE

FIVE SYDNEY BIENNALE ARTISTS WITHDRAW

SYDNEY BIENNALE ARTISTS SPEAK OUT ON TRANSFIELD SPONSORSHIP

SYDNEY BIENNALE: ARTISTS DIVIDE OVER DIRTY MONEY

Nathan Grey

Nathan Gray

Elloitt Bryce Foulkes, Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Mim Kelly

Elloitt Bryce Foulkes, Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Miriam Kelly

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Ryan in the AGNSW foyer

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and friends

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis and friends

Deborah Kelly and Bonita Ely

Deborah Kelly and Bonita Ely

Ben Loiterton, Peter Braithwaite, Wayne Tunnicliffe and James Courtney

Ben Loiterton, Peter Braithwaite, Wayne Tunnicliffe and James Courtney

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Fabian and Chandra

Tina Havestock Stevens and Alex Murray-Leslie (Chicks on Speed)

Tina Havestock Stevens and Alex Murray-Leslie (Chicks on Speed)

Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker

Ben Armstrong and Moya McKenna

Benjamin Armstrong and Moya McKenna

Justin Paton and Rhana Devenport

Justin Paton and Rhana Devenport

Anna Schwarzt (David Broker and Hubert Czerepok in the background)

Anna Schwarzt (David Broker and Hubert Czerepok in the background)

Agnieszka and Hubert Czerepok

Ela and Hubert Czerepok

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and  Erin

Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and Erin

Claire Martin and Christopher Snee

Claire Martin and Christopher Snee

Kerry Crowley and Sophie Coombes

Kerry Crowley and Sophie Coombes

Rebecca Coates and Callum Morton

Rebecca Coates and Callum Morton

Hiliary Mais and Ken Unsworth

Ann Graham, Hilarie  Mais and Ken Unsworth

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Maurice and Madeleine

Charlotte, Kay and Callum

Bianca Hester, Charlotte Day, Kay Campbell and Callum Morton

Ann Graham and Bill Wright