BIENNALE OF SYDNEY (AT AGNSW)
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.
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