Francis Plagne
Smallness: Trevelyan Clay at Neon Parc and Kate Smith at Sutton, by Francis Plagne

Kate Smith, An Impression of an impression (after Rupert Bunny) 2, 2017, texta biro acrylic and oil on linen, 35.5 x 51cm. Photo credit: Andrew Curtis.

Smallness: Trevelyan Clay ‘Moments Today’ at Neon Parc (August 31 – October 7) and Kate Smith ‘An Impression of an impression’ at Sutton Gallery ( September 8 – October 7).

I confess to being a sucker for bad painting. Not, that is, for all painting that fails in whatever way to be good, but for the particular style of offhand, deli...

Francis Plagne
'Every Brilliant Eye', at NGV Australia, by Francis Plagne

Marco Fusinato, Paintings, 1996, enamel paint on steel and composition board (a-e), 220 x 281 x 10 cm (overall), National Gallery of Victoria, Margaret Stewart Endowment, 1996, © Marco Fusinato/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia.

Walking through Every Brilliant Eye—a large survey of the NGV's holdings of Australian Art from the 1990s curated by Jane Devery and Pip Wallis—I was struck by how much it look like parts of Melbourne Now, the NGV's sprawling 2013-2014 snapshot of contemporary art p...

Francis Plagne
'David Hockney: Current', National Gallery of Victoria by Francis Plagne

David Hockney, Untitled, 91, 2009, iPhone drawing. Collection of the artist © David Hockney

David Hockney: Current, National Gallery of Victoria, 11 November 2016 – 13 March 2017

With David Hockney: Current, the NGV has made the unusual decision to devote a major exhibition to a selection of work from the last decade by a 79 year-old artist active since the early 1960s. Perhaps this can be explained by the popular appeal of the iPhone and iPad drawings that make up much of David Hockney...