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October 2, 2011

There is a scene in Billy T: Te Movie in which previous winners of the Billy T Award for best New Zealand comedian elucidate on the late Billy T James’s importance to New Zealand comedy. They conclude that it is his wonderfully uneasy mix of uncomfortable racial awareness and wink-wink-nudge-nudge celebration of New Zealand’s drug […]

October 2, 2011

The Temple of Bacchus at Ephesus (I’m sorry ex-NCEA Level 3 Classics students, but we had to bring it up) is a characteristically Roman take on political art. The Romans needed a symbol of their dominance in the unruly Eastern Mediterranean. The temple is a harmonious fusion of eastern religious symbols put to the service […]

September 19, 2011

There are many ways for a woman to get into the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The easiest is to pay the $15 admission fee. The cheapest is to wait in line on a Sunday afternoon for free admission. But what if you want to bypass the long lines? According to the feminist art group, Guerrilla […]

September 12, 2011

Is it a little extreme to begin a review by emphatically stating that Florian Habicht’s Love Story is the most interesting development in New Zealand cinema in over a decade? The film, though ostensibly a simple love story, casts its light on the role of cinema in the 21st century and the power of people. […]

August 15, 2011

It was the late 1920s and Paris was in uproar. It was no small thing to rally a city that in the last decade had seen Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s drunken literary romps and Picasso and Braques’ artistic iconoclasm. Tamara de Lempcka however, was something different. Her sexy and voluptuous modernist style wasn’t used, like Picasso’s […]

August 8, 2011

On November 1, 1765, The British Parliament was set to levy a Stamp Act on the Thirteen American Colonies. This stamp tax, which would tax the printed page, hit the fledging American newspaper industry particularly hard. Many believed they were witnessing the ‘death of the newspaper’. This, of course, was partly the intention—to nip America’s […]

August 1, 2011

There’s a whole school that would look at art as a great historical counter-narrative of poor bohemians strutting the truth in the face of societal and judicial oppression. Read enough about certain artists and one might believe jail time more essential to the artist than an easel and brushes. Our love affair with Banksy the […]