The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - SR

(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.

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