Elizabeth Fortescue

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Biennials & festivals

Queensland museum will receive major boost from ninth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

Acquisitions include woven clothing mats from the Marshall Islands and reflections on the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror

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Art market

Bark painting comes out of the woodwork at Sydney Contemporary

Work by the indigenous artist John Mawurndjul sold for $140,000 at the fair, where organisers estimate AUD$21m of sales were made

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Exhibitions

Tate's Ophelia heads down under for blockbuster Pre-Raphaelite show in Canberra

Australia deepen ties with the London museum as trove of masterpieces travels to the National Gallery of Australia for first time

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China

Uranium glass chandeliers banned from Shanghai exhibition

Chinese authorities did not explain why Ken and Julia Yonetani’s four works will not be part of Powerlong Art Museum group show

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Exhibitions

Australian artists and inmates collaborate to make videos about the reality of life behind bars

Works are on show as part of Dark Mofo, a festival organised by the Museum of Old and New Art just north of Hobart

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Biennials & festivals

Sydney biennial appoints its first indigenous Australian artistic director

Artist Brook Andrew’s work deals with notions of history, identity and race

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Photography

Bill Henson unveils new works in Melbourne

Show will be first commercial viewing of controversial photographer’s latest works

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Exhibitions

The many faces of Australia’s colonial legacy unveiled across two shows

National Gallery of Victoria’s mega-shows range from art by convicts to contemporary indigenous work

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Biennials & festivals

Ai Weiwei makes triumphant return to Sydney to open biennial

Giant refugee lifeboat one of two works by Chinese dissident artist in the Biennale of Sydney

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Biennials & festivals

Top Australian donors pull funding from Venice Biennale

Funders are furious about plans to exclude them from selecting the artist to represent the country

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Shepard Fairey talks street art in Sydney—and reveals which word he would have put on a Hillary poster

The US artist was in Australia to create his largest-ever mural, a 44-metre-tall message of “peace and harmony”