Author Archives: Natalie Thomas

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 […]

August 21

Unpacking Gerty’s Move

Gertrude Contemporary is an up-to-the-minute arts institution, combining exhibition space with an art studio complex. Gertrude Contemporary is part factory/part showroom and they’ve just relocated from the street of their name, to some place out in the sticks that nobody has ever heard of. There is an old-person-gambling-den situated right across the road, offering new […]

July 06

A Weekend in Sydney: Class and Culture Wars

    ‘Economics are the method but the object is to change the heart and soul.’ Margaret Thatcher  Everyone loves a weekend in Sydney. It’s always good. Not as good as it used to be, but hey, it’s not Sydney’s fault it’s been transitioned into a nanny state. Getting a drink after 1.30am is now […]

May 17

The End of Time. The Beginning of Time

After 32 action packed years, that launched the careers of more art stars into the cultural stratosphere than the Apollo Space program, Gertrude Contemporary is on the move. Gerty will join Melbourne’s burgeoning and vibrant inner north where vibrant live music venues like the Northcote Social Club, the Croxton, Tago Mago and Open Studio are […]

April 13

Bursting Bill’s Bubble: The Plebs vs. The Poseurs

Curating art is a profession of exclusion rather than one of inclusion. Not that curating is a competition. No. No wait, it is. Show us ya curatorial umbrella. Not that there’s too many artists (there can never be enough artists, peaches of hope and optimism that we are) sprinkling the fairy dust of hipster gentrification […]