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Issue 211 July 2008

1 Collateral Damage DENISE FERRIS & MARTYN JOLLY Ella Dreyfus, The Ladz: Nadz and Dax, 2005, silver gelatin print. This photograph won the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture (2005) yet as an image is similar to the artist’s partly censored Under Twelves series/exhibition. Courtesy the artist.

1 Collateral Damage DENISE FERRIS & MARTYN JOLLY

Ella Dreyfus, The Ladz: Nadz and Dax, 2005, silver gelatin print. This photograph won the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture (2005) yet as an image is similar to the artist’s partly censored Under Twelves series/exhibition. Courtesy the artist.

2 Humbert or Humbug? ADAM GECZY Bill Henson, Untitled, 2007/08, type C photograph, from the Untitled series, 2007/08. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

2 Humbert or Humbug? ADAM GECZY

Bill Henson, Untitled, 2007/08, type C photograph, from the Untitled series, 2007/08. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

3 Art and (not or) Pornography DONALD BROOK From time to time there is a great fuss made about whether some object is a work of art or pornographic. Experts are invited to testify, and mostly ridiculed for their trouble. Witnesses with no expertise at all are treated more courteously; often being commended for their assistance in establishing a community standard. This manoeuvre is prejudiced in two ways. First, those without expertise are not invited to testify in statistically significant numbers, and their opinions are mainly selected and filtered through the calculating minds of lawyers. Second, and perhaps more importantly, no conservative judge and jury seriously believes that a change of mind will ever be the appropriate response to evidence that a more radical opinion than their own is the community standard. (Or vice-versa, for more a radically minded judiciary and a more conservative community standard). All these good people are determined to do the right thing, and no evidence that in the domain of nutrition (for example) eating beef is the community standard will persuade a vegetarian to approve of it.  Read more in this issue of AMA

3 Art and (not or) Pornography DONALD BROOK

From time to time there is a great fuss made about whether some object is a work of art or pornographic. Experts are invited to testify, and mostly ridiculed for their trouble. Witnesses with no expertise at all are treated more courteously; often being commended for their assistance in establishing a community standard. This manoeuvre is prejudiced in two ways. First, those without expertise are not invited to testify in statistically significant numbers, and their opinions are mainly selected and filtered through the calculating minds of lawyers. Second, and perhaps more importantly, no conservative judge and jury seriously believes that a change of mind will ever be the appropriate response to evidence that a more radical opinion than their own is the community standard. (Or vice-versa, for more a radically minded judiciary and a more conservative community standard). All these good people are determined to do the right thing, and no evidence that in the domain of nutrition (for example) eating beef is the community standard will persuade a vegetarian to approve of it. 

Read more in this issue of AMA

4 Shashinjinsei: Nobuyoshi Araki’s photo journey MANAMI OKAZAKI Nobuyoshi Araki, from the Sentimental Journey series, 1971, black and white photograph. Courtesy the artist.

4 Shashinjinsei: Nobuyoshi Araki’s photo journey MANAMI OKAZAKI

Nobuyoshi Araki, from the Sentimental Journey series, 1971, black and white photograph. Courtesy the artist.

5 Ai Weiwei: Under Construction JEREMY ECCLES Ai Weiwei, Fountain of Light, 2007, glass crystals, lights and metal on a wooden base, installation view, Ai Weiwei's studio, Beijing, 2007. Courtesy the artist.

5 Ai Weiwei: Under Construction JEREMY ECCLES

Ai Weiwei, Fountain of Light, 2007, glass crystals, lights and metal on a wooden base, installation view, Ai Weiwei's studio, Beijing, 2007. Courtesy the artist.

6 Keep Calm and Carry On: new work by Mel Robson LOUISE MARTIN-CHEW Mel Robson, Keep Calm and Carry On (detail), slipcast porcelain 2008. Courtesy the artist.

6 Keep Calm and Carry On: new work by Mel Robson LOUISE MARTIN-CHEW

Mel Robson, Keep Calm and Carry On (detail), slipcast porcelain 2008. Courtesy the artist.

7 Sex in the Country: David Laity’s Laid Bare JACQUI VERROCCHIO David Laity, Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, 2003, oil on hessian on board. Courtesy the artist and Metro5 Gallery, Melbourne.

7 Sex in the Country: David Laity’s Laid Bare JACQUI VERROCCHIO

David Laity, Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, 2003, oil on hessian on board. Courtesy the artist and Metro5 Gallery, Melbourne.

8 Survival, Decay and Excavation: curating Arthur McIntyre DANIEL MUDIE CUNNINGHAM Arthur McIntyre, Birth Pains II, c. 1975, collage on paper. Courtesy the estate of Arthur McIntyre.

8 Survival, Decay and Excavation: curating Arthur McIntyre DANIEL MUDIE CUNNINGHAM

Arthur McIntyre, Birth Pains II, c. 1975, collage on paper. Courtesy the estate of Arthur McIntyre.

9 Bent Western, Sydney CRAIG JUDD Liam Benson & Kenzee Patterson, Lock it or Lose it, 2004, photographic print. Courtesy the artists.

9 Bent Western, Sydney CRAIG JUDD

Liam Benson & Kenzee Patterson, Lock it or Lose it, 2004, photographic print. Courtesy the artists.

10 Dual purpose: Otto Dix’s Hugo Erfurth with Dog JUSTINE BAYOD ESPOZ Otto Dix, Hugo Erfurth with Dog, 1926, tempera and oil on panel. Courtesy Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid, Spain. 

10 Dual purpose: Otto Dix’s Hugo Erfurth with Dog JUSTINE BAYOD ESPOZ

Otto Dix, Hugo Erfurth with Dog, 1926, tempera and oil on panel. Courtesy
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid, Spain. 

11 Sam Leach: ghost in the machine ASHLEY CRAWFORD Sam Leach, Self in Uniform, 2007, oil and resin on wood. Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne and Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide.

11 Sam Leach: ghost in the machine ASHLEY CRAWFORD

Sam Leach, Self in Uniform, 2007, oil and resin on wood. Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne and Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide.

12 The Brisbane Sound DANNY ZUVELA Gary Warner, Cassettes, 1975–86, 2008, 91 audio cassettes, installation view, The Brisbane Sound exhibition opening, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 8 February, 2008. Courtesy the artist and David Pestorius Projects

12 The Brisbane Sound DANNY ZUVELA

Gary Warner, Cassettes, 1975–86, 2008, 91 audio cassettes, installation view, The Brisbane Sound exhibition opening, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 8 February, 2008. Courtesy the artist and David Pestorius Projects