Author Archives: Natalie Thomas

May 11

Quilty: Sit down bitch. Be humble.

Ben Quilty is a Top Bloke. On this matter we’re encouraged to agree. From Grandmas to Returned Soldiers and Aid workers, from Prison Wardens to Diplomats, from Refugees to Prime Ministers and Media Moguls, from ambitious artists seeking advice on how to ‘make it’ to Gallery Directors and Trustees, Quilty attracts followers like a God. […]

November 28

Unwoke Money

Art Fairs are like orgies: a frenzy of writhing, twisted bodies all vying for best position, it’s difficult to know where to look or who did the good bits and by the end, you need a hot shower and another lie down. Part Fashions on the Field, part Disney on Ice, part mini-marathon, Art Fairs […]

August 30

Mother’s Museum

I’m in a dream. I am the ghost of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, originally of Rhode Island. From 1874 till 1948, I lived as few ever will: the advantaged and indulged life of a filthy rich American socialite and philanthropist. You might not have heard of me, but you’re living in my legacy. You’ve most probably […]

June 21

SODA_JERK: Challenging the Status Quo Illusion and Delusion in Australian Film

‘Change the culture, the stories, change people’s understanding of the world and you will change politics’   Ian Milliss  The air crackles when artists first exhibit work that is joining the zeitgeist. It’s not about who was there or how many of us, it’s about a collective recognition that what has been produced and exhibited has […]

April 11

Finding the Field

The NGV need me. Well not me per se, more us. They need our help bless. ‘Do you have a pioneering abstract artwork hanging in your rumpus room or stacked in the garage?’ the NGV pleads via an expensive video callout, infomercial promo-thingo. Riffing off the incredibly popular formula of Antiques Road Show, the NGV […]

March 16

The Developer, the Dealer, the University and the Art Stars: Buxton Contemporary

I love rich people. Mostly for their money. Also, I love watching the Arts Industries highly choreographed flattery as they attempt to manage the rich people out of their money. Another thing I love about rich people is they clump. Locate one, you locate a swarm. It was with this in mind that I hustled […]

August 31

Addicted to Fashion: The House of Dior at the NGV

‘Women, with their intuitive instinct, understood that I dreamed not only of making them more beautiful, but happier too.’    Christian Dior By God, men have a tendency toward getting rich and speaking shit. Being more beautiful will not increase women’s happiness. Equality will. Dior at the NGV isn’t the first time the NGV have helped […]