Fenella Kernebone takes us to the 50th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival and investigates the Reel Life project; Namila interviews Jin Xing; and Paul wraps up with spectacular installations at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Widely regarded as Australia's greatest living artist, the exuberant 80-year-old John Olsen talks with acclaimed art commentator Betty Churcher about his life's work. Still painting with all his creative energy in his studio in the NSW Southern Highlands, Olsen speaks of the influence of poetry and Spain on his art and his restless love of Sydney Harbour and the Australian bush.
Lucy Culliton's gorgeous oil paintings have made her one of Australia's most popular artists. Inspired by everything from landscapes to the most modest of objects, she reveals the beauty in the everyday.
When Gustav Klimt was born into a poor Viennese family of artisans in 1862, Europe was about to undergo epochal changes. At that time, Vienna more than any other European city embodied the life of a cosy society, which considered art primarily as the realisation of an innocent and harmless dream. The highly talented painter Klimt started his artistic career creating this harmless art, but later made his mark among other things as a co-founder of the Vienna Secession and vehemently resisted the commercialisation of art. In his documentary, Herbert Eisenschenk not only examines the colourful personality of Gustav Klimt, the historical artist, but also explores the tortuous paths of today's perception of his unique art.
Acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals in this spirited and highly original documentary that almost nothing about Florence Broadhurst was at it seemed. When she was found murdered in her studio in 1977, few guessed her age, let alone her origins. For invention and reinvention were the keys to this flamboyant design pioneer, whose signature use of colour and pattern has captured the world’s imagination.
Born into a farming family in outback Australia in 1899, by her mid-twenties she was a singer and dancer in Shanghai, setting up her own performing arts academy. By the 1930s, she ran a fashion boutique in London’s Mayfair under the name Madame Pellier, before sweeping into Sydney society with a whole new persona - as a painter and charity queen, with a husband (her second) and a son. But it was in her last incarnation that she really made her mark, shaking up conservative Australia with her bold, exotic wallpapers.
Now, more 100 years after her birth, her work has been rediscovered by the world’s leading fashion, interior and homeware designers and her prints are in huge demand internationally. The times have finally caught up with this glamorous, complicated, unconventional woman, whose brutal murder in 1977 has never been solved.
This is a celebration of the many lives of one larger-than-life woman - gutsy, head-strong, imposing, complicated, and almost impossibly glamorous. Told in a style that’s vibrant and unconventional, with more than a touch of humour and irreverence. A lot like Florence herself.
A portrait of the Portuguese-born painter, Paula Rego, considered one of the greatest living artists today. She talks intimately about the strange, dark influences on her work and her obsessions derived from folk tales and autobiographical details, which give flight to her extraordinary and sometimes grotesque imagination.
In the seasonal treat Inside LEGO At Christmas, we visit LEGO to reveal amazing behind-the-scenes action. We'll see just how the famously secretive super-brand gears up for the festive period with super sized Christmas builds, multiple product launches, and muscular campaigns designed to ensure that LEGO maintains it's dominance in a very competitive toy market.
This week on Art Nation, Fenella Kernebone looks at the multicultural art project Edge of Elsewhere exhibited at Campbelltown Art Centre. Namila Benson explores the world of Sikh music with the Dya Singh World Music Group. Daniel Marsden braves the skies and visits the remote Queensland town of Hughenden with three visual artists to discover what 'Flying Arts' is all about.
This week on Art Nation, Fenella Kernebone looks at the Ron Mueck exhibition, one of the NGV's highlights for 2010; the story of John Little, a 69-year-old with Alzheimer's and how art helps him with his dementia; and musician Ego Lemos performs in the studio with his remarkable voice and shows the tremendous talent he has to offer Indigenous music in Australia and the world.
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