We meet Ivory Frame, the protagonist of Sopinka’s tale when she is aged ninety-two but still receiving surprises from life. And what a life it’s been. Being at first passionate about painting she has devoted the greater part of her life to recording the languages of animals…before they all become extinct. Continue reading The Dictionary of Animal Languages: Heidi Sopinka
Peter Dombrovskis was one of the world’s foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian wilderness had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment.
Who says Australia’s a cultural backwater? Rafael Bonachela and the Sydney Dance Company’s Sydney Festival show last month was a world first: nude dancers in front of nude paintings before a nude audience. Strangely enough, the nude-audience shows sold out faster than the clothed shows.
Three cheers for womankind with the victory of Michelle Payne, the first woman to win Australia’s most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup, and even more cheers for Michelle’s post-race comment Continue reading Artists you’ve never heard of: Sophonisba Anguissola 1532-1625
No one did colour more blatantly and more unexpectedly than Van Gogh. Its blatancy gives his pictures their roaring charm. Colour, he seems to be saying: you haven’t seen colour before, look at this deep blue, this yellow, this black; watch me put them screechingly side by side. Colour for Van Gogh was a kind of noise.
Julian Barnes in the LRB vol 37 no 15, 30 July 2015 p.7