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Roger Benjamin

Roger Benjamin

Roger Benjamin is an art historian and curator who teaches at the University of Sydney and writes on Bidjigal land.

Roger Benjamin reviews ‘Vincent Namatjira’ edited by Vincent Namatjira

April 2024, no. 463 26 March 2024
At last a spectacular tome for the many fans of Vincent Namatjira, one that will also win him new admirers. Originating from an exhibition at the Tarnanthi Festival and the Art Gallery of South Australia, this beautifully laid-out book from Thames & Hudson Australia captures the humour and intense vision of Namatjira’s career to date. The fascination with Vincent Namatjira – Indigenous pa ... (read more)

'Kandinsky: Vasily Kandinsky from the Guggenheim' by Roger Benjamin

ABR Arts 20 November 2023
We can all be grateful for Kandinsky, this summer’s main exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It is a strong and balanced show by the most influential among the early practitioners of modern abstract art. There are four main collections of Kandinsky’s work worldwide, but the best one belongs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. It was formed from the late 1920s by Baro ... (read more)

'Rembrandt: True to Life: Etched with feeling' by Roger Benjamin

ABR Arts 18 July 2023
Unlike his compatriot Jan Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn was never forgotten. Like a Beethoven of visual art, he has always been a beacon and has always inspired later artists. Famous for his biblical storytelling on a symphonic scale, he was also a supreme portraitist and master of the self-portrait in oils (he made more than forty). Public familiarity with Rembrandt’s oeuvre in the centuries befo ... (read more)