Michael Landy

Michael Landy

Break down your possessions. Amember of the celebrated generation of Young British Artists, Michael Landy distanced himself from the material success that came to define his counterparts when he systematically catalogued and destroyed each of his more than 7,000...
Richard Wright

Richard Wright

This painting will self-destruct. Richard Wright, this year’s recipient of Britain’s Turner Prize, began his career as a figurative painter working on canvas. When he abandoned that medium he destroyed his entire existing body of work. Those paintings on canvas, he...
The Vanishing Face of Gaia

The Vanishing Face of Gaia

Are we prepared for whatever’s coming? “Just as in 1939 we had to give up on a massive scale the comfortable lifestyle of peacetime, so soon we may feel rich with only a quarter of what we consume now. If we do it right and with enthusiasm, it will not...
New Possibilities for Australia

New Possibilities for Australia

We’ve had our snout up Uncle Sam’s bum for 65 years Australia today seems like a utopia of opportunity, tolerance and good intentions. Its greatest assets remain free to all comers: the space of the outback, the thrill of tropical forests, the endless beaches, the...
Touch Me! – Do Not Touch Me!

Touch Me! – Do Not Touch Me!

No pill in the world will soothe this existential ache. In a study released this year by the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers concluded that antidepressant use in America has almost doubled in a ten-year period. That’s an increase from about 13.3 million to...
Vote With Your Dollar

Vote With Your Dollar

Make a small but significant mark on the economy. What you buy matters. Every time you bypass a local boutique to shop at a big-box store, it makes a small but significant mark on the economy. It’s a vote with your dollar, so why support a system that amounts to...