ARTS REVIEW: ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE PERFECT MEDIUM

Photo credit: Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission It is clichéd to say that a picture tells a thousand words. But there’s also some truth to this and one photographer who certainly knew and appreciated how an image could confound or shape one’s perception is Robert Mapplethorpe. He is the late artist, photographer…

ARTS REVIEW: ADMAN: WARHOL BEFORE POP

  For most people the iconic artist, Andy Warhol is synonymous with the colourful pop art of Campbell’s soup cans, portraits of Marilyn Monroe and the record sleeves from The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. What some people may not realise is that Andy Warhol was an accomplished commercial illustrator and draftsman who worked…

ARTS REVIEW: OLD PARIS PHOTOGRAPHS BY EUGÈNE ATGET @ ART GALLERY OF NSW

Eugène Atget’s photographs are largely devoid of people. Instead the “Founder of documentary photography” captured where they lived, worked, shopped and played. Even landmarks and high-activity places like the market and circus are shown with little or no humans, lending these pictures a haunting and eerie quality akin to a crime scene. Old Paris is…