UK rejects Greece’s appeal to negotiate the return of the ever-controversial Elgin marbles

This is a very distressing state of affairs that a super powerful country like England can continue to keep possession of Greece`s ancient Parthenon marbles, which are a major part of Creece`s cultural heritage. This behaviour by England is very disappointing and is a stain on England`s reputation.

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At the end of last month the British Museum and the UK Government formally declined UNESCO’s request to enter into mediation on the subject of transferring the Parthenon marbles back to Greece. Removed by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon temple in Athens in the 1800s, the marbles were sold to the British Museum in 1816 and have remained there ever since. The sculptures date from 447-432 BC, and are divided between London and a purpose built museum in Athens. 

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New York courts rule in favour of artist who secretly photographed neighbours – but call for change in privacy laws

I`m all for artistic freedom, but having my private life photographed `in the name of art` without my consent would greatly upset me.

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Using a telephoto lens, in 2013 photographer Arne Svenson took pictures of residents in their downtown New York apartments without their knowledge. When these works, collectively forming the series ‘The Neighbours’, were first exhibited that year at Julie Saul Gallery they sparked controversy, and a lawsuit. 

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Bendigo’s Old Sculptures

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Late Victorian and Edwardian marble and bronze sculptures, statues and busts are quaint relics of the central Victoria gold rush in the centre of City of Greater Bendigo. The highlights of this collection are works by some of the leading sculptors in Australia: James White and Charles Douglas Richardson. There are also works by some less well known sculptors, R.G. Summers and John Walker that tell us as much about the history of that time as the works of more famous sculptors.

Charles Douglas Richardson, The Discovery of Gold, 1901-06 Charles Douglas Richardson, The Discovery of Gold, 1901-06

On the Corner of Bridge St and Pall Mall is Charles Douglas Richardson’s The Discovery of Gold, 1901-06, with three bronze base relief panels around the base showing the history of mining in Bendigo.

James White, Memorial to George Lansell James White, George Lansell Memorial, 1908

The twice life sized marble memorial to Queen Victoria, a bronze memorial to George Lansell, The Quartz King and…

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Good Friday Expressed in Aboriginal Art

Today is Good Friday 2015 and on Good Friday 1994 Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO and I decided to create a collaborative painting as an expression of the day. Given that this renowned Aboriginal artist basically took over this project it might be a bit of a stretch describing it as a collaborative work, but whatever tag is placed upon it, that which is a constant is that this work is a creative gem that gives expression to Christ`s crucifixion in the manner of Aboriginal Art.

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Good Friday 1994 by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO and assisted by Milanka J Sullivan

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO, who died in 2002,  described this work as showing God`s anger over the crucifixion of his son, which is expressed by the storm filled atmosphere depicted through the grey cloudy background overlaid with grey dots and lightning. Here too, we see Christ`s foot tracks leading to the middle cross, while his crown of thorns and nails are shown on the ground- the murderous deed has been done.

In addition to God`s anger, the artist also gives expression here to grief in the form of seven concentric circles, which are a symbolic expression of seven Ancestral Sisters, who came to be stars when they journeyed to the Milky Way to escape the advances of a `dizzy` old tribal man. In this painting, however, the sisters are shown watching the crucifixion and the grey dots that lend to the storm and God`s anger double to give expression to the Sisters` tears.

This work was sold in 1994 and was included in the Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri AO Retrospective 2002-2003. Since then Good Friday was resold at auction for AU$40,000.00 with only one bid. I do not know who the bidder was, but I do know that there was a terrible failure in the Australian Art Market on that auction day when only one bidder was able to recognize this painting as a Masterpiece, which remains important to this artist`s body of work and his own personal history and, of course, to the History of Aboriginal Art.