Global art news, projects & events from Sydney based art consultant.


Art is about more than just a nice painting – it can be a tool for understanding the many brushstrokes of life. So says philosopher Alain de Botton, who’s co-curating a new exhibition in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam called Art is Therapy. Monocle’s culture editor Robert Bound met De Botton in the Rijksmuseum to learn more about his artistic treatment.

“Quietly marvellous… Utterly transforms our understanding of 20th-century art.”
The Telegraph

The time: 1930s. The place: South America. The stage was set for a major innovation in art. Over the next 50 years, artists across five cities would pioneer a new visual language to express their deeply held beliefs about art and its power to change the world around them.

Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly site:
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD

Mark Bradford
New Work
14 May – 16 August 2014
Hong Kong

White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present a new exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford. Known for his multi-layered collaged paintings incorporating materials found in the urban environment, Bradford has created a series of new works about Hong Kong that explore structures of power and politics through the lens of urban planning, in the world’s most densely populated city.

Shapes of an Extroverted Life
‘Jeff Koons: A Retrospective’ Opens at the Whitney

Roberta Smith - The New York Times

Tracey Emin stands by My Bed as it goes on sale for £1.2m
The artist’s most famous work compares with past masterpieces that create a self-portrait in objects.

The Guardian -

The heart of the global tech industry was something of a contemporary art desert until Rick Friedman decided that the cash-rich, time-poor computer kids might just respond to an art fair that brought the best works right to their door. Or not?


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Dion Horstmans SUPERSONIC to become Melbourne’s newest (and best yet) public art offering.
I can’t describe how much I love this project and this artists’ work.

The Gavel Drops at Sotheby’s
The auction house is under attack by hedge-fund activist Daniel Loeb, who wants it to start making lots more money, in part by refusing to kowtow to rich folks like him.


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