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The new regional gallery Ngununggula—based in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales—is opening with a show by Tamara Dean, considering the existentialism of the pandemic and recent bushfires. Within anxiety and uncertainty, Dean finds depth and lightheartedness.
As Sydney galleries reopen this week, with Canberra and Melbourne not far behind, Australia’s most prominent museum leaders discuss the impacts and opportunities of the pandemic, and how they’re adapting to our new ‘Covid normal’.
With exhibitions postponed, ceramicist Ruth Ju-Shih Li’s great love of food has filled the space left by clay. Here she tells us the secrets and history of her Mapo Tofu recipe.
Jeffrey Smart’s paintings are distinctive. Sparsely populated, some of his near-empty metropolitan scenes have a melancholic, almost cataclysmic, air—like prescient glimpses of cities in lockdown—while others seem infused with an irreverent and sophisticated sense of play.
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