Andrew Frost

Based in: Pearl Beach, Australia

Dr. Andrew Frost is a writer, critic and documentary maker. Since 1997 he has contributed to every issue of Art Collector, first as a senior staff writer and then as a freelance contributor writing Modern Lexicon and other regular columns and features. Since 2004 he has been the editor of and since 2013 the art critic for Guardian Australia. He is the writer and presenter of more than a dozen documentaries on Australian contemporary art for ABC1 including The Art Life (2007 & 2009) The A-Z of Contemporary Art (2013) and Conquest of Space: Science Fiction and Contemporary Art (2014). He directed and co-produced the documentaries My Space Program: The Art of Peter Hennessey [2016] and The Grand Mistake: A Portrait of Mclean Edwards [2017]. He is currently co-directing and producing a documentary about the township of Pearl Beach, where he lives on the NSW Central Coast.


Cultural Capital: Talking about your collection

How to not sound like a pompous p**** when talking about the artists in your collection.

Lifecycle of a Collector: The Split

In the first of this three-part series, we discuss the question: what happens to an art collection when a couple splits?

Kylie Banyard: The foreseeable future

Kylie Banyard has spent years craving a better world. But her new work departs from these utopian yearnings to look at the future with fresh eyes.

Cultural Capital: What's it really like to be a VIP in the art world?

From first dibs to fancy dinners, Andrew Frost and Carrie Miller discuss what it’s like to reach uber-collector status in the art world.

Agenda: Making It Possible

Beyond buying work, art collectors are always finding new ways to support artists. Offering studio space is the latest philanthropic endeavor taking off in Melbourne and Sydney.

Cultural Capital: Why do people collect? Part 2

To contribute to general knowledge? Or your own general ego? In the second of this three-part series, Carrie Miller and Andrew Frost explore some more of the reasons people collect art.

Cultural Capital: Why Do People Collect? Part 1

Is it a quest for immortality? Or a quest to match your couch? In the first of this three- part series, Andrew Frost and Carrie Miller discuss some of the reasons people collect art.

Cultural Capital: Curators, or my childhood was stolen from me and judged harshly

Andrew Frost and Carrie Miller discuss artist/curators, the most elusive of arts professionals.

Money Sullies Art: The Limits of Philanthropy

Philanthropy in the arts has always been about more than just money. Andrew Frost looks at where the influence of those who sign the cheques should be fettered.

Christian Lock: Abstract Harmony

Christian Lock’s practice is a journey of experimentation. His latest works push the boundaries of painting.

Jonathan Jones: Afraid of the Dark

Drawing on patterns in modern life, from the street lights lining highways to the repetitive lines on bank statements, Jonathan Jones creates dazzling installations of light.

James Gleeson: Convulsive Beauty

James Gleeson’s life-long dedication to art is beyond the surreal. Collector’s dossier by Andrew Frost.