(M) Brett Whiteley’s art was landmark, and remains important. When this documentary considers the art and the artist, and blends the two into one complex life, it is at its best. Whiteley’s letters, notebooks and photographs, all provided by his former wife Wendy Whiteley, are used to tell the artist’s story “in his own words”. The documentary tries to put Whiteley’s whole life on one 90-minute canvas, from his Sydney boyhood to his early success in London and his wild time at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, to his more tranquil period in Fiji — until he was deported for drug possession — and his return to Sydney.
Bowie Unseen Celebrity and fashion photographer Markus Klinko is showing a series of photographs of pop icon David Bowie as part of the Head On Photo Festival. Unseen comprises 24 photographs that have been drawn from Bowie’s 2002 Heathen album photoshoot and a cover shoot for GQ in the same year, when he was named GQ’s Man of the Year. These rare and mostly unseen pictures of Bowie remind us of the stylish elegance and charismatic aura of the legendary starman. Blender Gallery, 16 Elizabeth Street, Paddington. WednesdaySaturday, 11am-5pm. Inquiries: (02) 9380 7080. Until June 3.