David Hockney: Current
He’s 79 years old, British, and a painter – but David Hockney isn’t exactly old school, and the first thing you should know about the National Gallery of Victoria’s new exhibition, David Hockney: Current, is that the vast majority of works in it were made on an iPhone or iPad. The second thing you need to know is that despite Hockney’s age and prestige in the art world, this is not a retrospective of his 60-year career. David Hockney: Current covers the last 10 years of his practice, and includes several works from as recently as two months before the show opened. Although Hockney has painted many works in oil and acrylics in the last decade (for example, his 2012 show at London’s Royal Academy of Art was largely comprised of actual paintings), he has made even more works on iPhone and iPad in this time – and this is what NGV’s show is focussing on. Hockney is having a bit of a moment right now: the Royal Academy's 2012 survey of his landscapes made major bank; in 2013, he had a major show at San Francisco’s de Young fine arts museum; in 2016, RA had him back with his portrait series ‘82 portraits & 1 still life’ (which is one of the highlights of David Hockney: Current, taking up a whole 35-metre gallery). Following NGV’s show, a major retrospective will open at the Tate Britain in February 2017, and then travel to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. So why does this artist command such a massive audience? It has partly to do wit
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Escape the festive madness and enjoy an evening of Christmas carols with family and friends. The City of Stonnington is proud to present a night of Carols at Como Park, a family friendly occasion that brings loved ones together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. This year, Rhonda Burchmore hosts the much-loved event, welcoming an impressive line-up of performers to the stage. Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Amy Lehpamer (Sound of Music), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins) and Bert LaBonte (MTC) come together to deliver a wondrous night of carolling in an inner city oasis. John Thorn stands at the helm as musical director, conducting choral support from the South of the River Choir and musical backing from Stonnington City Brass Orchestra. Frank Di Sario, Greg Ryan and Sam Lemann come together to form the band. The event is free and open to all ages.
Try the Dragon Egg dessert at Sake Restaurant & Bar
Let's get straight into this, then. What you're looking at is a liquid nitrogen white chocolate egg, with mandarin, crystallised ginger and almond, sitting on a biscuit base with berries. Cracking open into one of these beauties is an experience not to be missed – plus, it'll look great on your Instagram feed. For December only, Japanese eatery Sake is offering this dessert as part of any set menu you order. At the Yarra River-adjacent Hamer Hall restaurant, you could treat yourself to the Chef's Selection Omakase set menu, where you'll enjoy seven courses of elegant Japanese fare; and on Flinders Lane, you could order a nine-course feast designed specifically for your preferences. This offer is running at Sake's Flinders Lane and Hamer Hall locations. Bookings are highly recommended.
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Canberra used to be the punchline of jokes: known only for porn, politicians and legal fireworks. Now the fireworks are restricted and there are far more stimulating things happening outside the adult shops than on their shelves. Canberra in the twenty-teens boasts hipper hotels than Sydney, excellent cafés, some of the best galleries and museums in the country, and, of course, the chance to pick up leaked Federal documents from behind the couch at popular public servant boozers. Because some things never do change. Tigerair's great value daily direct flights between Melbourne and Canberra launch December 8, book one today.