A new exhibition captures the magic and power of tattoos across cultures

Fareed Kaviani, Monash University Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks, a suite of exhibitions at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, offers visitors a chance to engage with tattoo on a level deeper than skin. Here, stories of culture, tradition and migration speak through embedded ink. Without personally experiencing a tattoo, it may be hard to understand why […]

Indonesian art is fresh, energetic and lively. Why do we not see more of it?

Alison Carroll, University of Melbourne Review: Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia, National Gallery of Australia They talk of a family of nations, or families of nations. In Australia, the UK can still be referred to as the mother country, while the English talk of their American cousins. Geographic neighbours usually have these relationships down pat, though with […]

Theatrical trigger warnings and culpability

I recently had an article come to my attention, discussing London theatre company The Donmar Warehouse and their decision to begin listing warnings for potentially triggering content in their performances. While theatrical trigger warnings are by no means new (are advisories of violence, nudity, and staged smoking not the same concept under a different name?), […]

Latinx artists forging their future in the artworld

Latinx artists and advocates are pushing the boundaries of language and gender in the art world. By relinquishing the gendered terms of latina or latino, creatives are exploring their art practice with renewed freedom. Adding Latinx to their lexicon of identifiers, more and more museums and galleries are applying the term to artists of Latin […]

Strange Wonders of the World

Within their respective domains, both Laurent Le Bon and Patrick Mauriès prove their originality, focusing on what is usually considered an obvious way to awaken (and to reveal) individuality. So, it’s not surprising that they eventually found themselves working together on a common project in a place that is not common: The Hélène & Édouard […]

Who is Patrick Drahi, Sotheby’s new billionaire owner?

Just as the art market began to cool down for the summer came the surprise announcement that Sotheby’s, the 275-year-old auction house, will be sold for $3.7bn to BidFair USA, owned by the telecommunication and media tycoon Patrick Drahi. The deal valued Sotheby’s shares at $57 per share, or a 61% premium to their closing […]

Finding transparency in an opaque art world

The view of salaries as a taboo subject in the art world may be a thing of the past, thanks to several brave keyboards. Since the end of May, employees in art organizations have continued to anonymously disclose their salaries in a google spreadsheet that aims to provide transparency for the benefit of all museum […]