The S Word: Lurid Beauty at the NGV

Siamese shoes IBarry Humphries,Siamese Shoes I, 1958, remade 1968.


There is nothing like the seductive beauty of a tapered stiletto.  Why do we love them so much despite the agony they cause?  Originally high heels were worn by men but now they are predominately the refuge of women.  They are worn for a multitude of reasons.  Status being one of them, they put you literally eye to eye with men in height, and there is nothing like the flash of a red sole to show wealth, or fashion.  And then there is sex. Continue reading


Who Wants to Wallow in Champagne?

I find the idea of art patrons fascinating.  There are many different reasons for becoming a patron of the arts: cultural capital, social recognition, tax breaks, or most importantly a deep love of art and a desire to do your part to promote and enhance the arts as a whole.  The power of a wealthy patron to shape and mould the arts is incredible.  With enough prestige a patron can take an unknown artist and make them famous.  By buying their works they make other collectors and curators aware of the artist, boosting the value of their works, and therefore making money for the artist and for the patron.  By paying stipends to artists a patron gives the opportunity for them to focus wholly on their work, and help them to embark on more ambitious projects than they would otherwise have had the means to attempt. Continue reading