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Doug Hall

Doug Hall was director of the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA 1987–2007, and Australian Commissioner Venice Biennale 2009 and 2011. He lives in Melbourne and is a regular art critic for the Australian Financial Review.

Doug Hall reviews 'The Golden Journey: Japanese Art from Australian collections' by James Bennett and Amy Reigle Newland

May 2009, no. 311 01 May 2009
Australia’s major galleries, with the odd exception, have generally conducted their exhibition programs to show that fanfare for blockbusters is reserved for exhibitions that come from somewhere other than Australia. The die was cast long ago. In the past thirty years, temporary exhibitions have increasingly consumed the lives of public galleries – and blockbusters represent the embodiment of ... (read more)

Doug Hall reviews '101 Contemporary Australian Artists' edited by Kelly Gellatly

February 2013, no. 348 28 January 2013
In the art world, the question of who shapes public taste is a perennial favourite. Magazines like to rank the heavyweights. Last year’s ArtReview’s Power 100 included an assortment of global dealers and collectors; Ai Weiwei and Pussy Riot made it too. While such ladders of influence invariably include museum staff and art historians, it is clear that Jenny Holzer’s aphoristic ‘Truism’, ... (read more)