• Power, politics and art

    James Arvanitakis     |      August 17, 2019

    James Arvanitakis and Alix Beattie of Western Sydney University argue that the hostile reaction to a controversial Bondi mural highlights the rise of a new conservative political correctness.

  • The perfection of David

    Christopher Marshall     |      July 7, 2019

    Michelangelo’s statue of David is the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, and continues to inspire the next generation of artists 400 years after its creation.

  • Can we separate well made art from badly behaved artists?

    Janna Thompson     |      June 24, 2019

    The history of art is full of great artists who were cruel, exploitative, prejudiced or predatory. Can their work be judged independently of their creators?

  • Tony Costa wins the 2019 Archibald Prize

    Joanna Mendelssohn     |      May 12, 2019

    Tony Costa’s portrait of fellow artist Lindy Lee has won the 2019 Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most important and prestigious art awards.

  • How creativity can help us cultivate moral imagination

    Elizabeth Reid Boyd     |      January 31, 2019

    Whether it’s a painting, or a patchwork quilt, when we create something, we step into the future, we trust in the destiny of our own creations. We learn to trust that we can create our own reality.

  • Money doesn’t talk, it swears

    Max Haiven     |      November 3, 2018

    At a time when spoiled billionaires seem to get anything they want, Banksy’s act of vengeance can appear deeply satisfying, but there is more going on here than a simple loathing of the rich and powerful.

  • The science of the plot twist: How writers exploit our brains

    Vera Tobin     |      July 22, 2018

    Human cognitive tendencies help explain why plot twists can be so satisfying. But somewhat counterintuitively, they also explain why knowing about a plot twist ahead of time – the dreaded “spoiler” – doesn’t really spoil the experience at all.