Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition | A decolonial geographic | Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

A decolonial geographic Curated by Fernando do Campo Artists: Richard Bell, Jon Cattapan, Juan Davila, Kerry Gregan, Raafat Ishak, Penny Mason, Alex Pittendrigh, Jessica Rankin, Judy Watson, Megan Walch and Ruth Waller. A decolonial geographic bring together 11 artists who engage with pictorial, material and philosophical questions that rethink misleading representations of the Australian landscape in A decolonial geographic. Ideas of the pastoral and natural Australian landscape are commonly depicted as postcard perfect – sublime and transcendent – and emptied of human beings. A decolonial geographic recalibrates this idealised and romantic view of what landscape signifies and how it should be portrayed. A decolonial geographic is a Devonport Regional Gallery exhibition toured by Contemporary Art Tasmania. Exhibition dates: 16 Dec 2017 – 28 Jan 2018 PLIMSOLL GALLERY School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania Hunter Street, Hobart 7000. E Jane.Barlow@utas.edu.au…

NGV Triennnial | Opening Weekend – Candice Breitz, Humberto Campana, Joris Laarman, Formafantasma

CANDICE BREITZ IN CONVERSATION | SUN 17 DEC, 6.30PM–7.30PM $20 M / $25 A / $22.50 C https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/candice-breitz-in-conversation/ International artist Candice Breitz, discusses her multiscreen video installation Love Story, 2016, a work that focusses on the current, worldwide refugee crisis, in conversation with director and producer Ivan O’Mahoney. Doors open at 6pm with drinks available for purchase. Candice Breitz is internationally recognised as a leading contemporary photographic and video artist. Her latest video installation Love story, 2016, considers the global scale of the refugee crisis. The work reflects on how celebrities are often treated by the media as more newsworthy than people facing real-world adversity. The film is based on interviews conducted with six people who have fled their countries as a result of a range of oppressive conditions: Sarah Mardini, who escaped war-torn Syria; José Maria João, a former…

Exhibition | Play On: The art of sport | Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre

Play On: The art of sport: A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art touring exhibition Curatorium: Jacqueline Doughty, Samantha Comte, Alyce Neal Participating artists: Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Jon Campbell, Daniel Crooks, Gabrielle de Vietri, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, Fiona McMonagle, Kerrie Poliness, Khaled Sabsabi. Play On: The art of sport, celebrating 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, will open at Hazelhurst Gallery and Arts Centre on 9 December and run until 11 February 2018. The Basil Sellers Art Prize (2006 – 2016) was a prestigious and distinctively Australian biannual exhibition that reflected upon one of our great national obsessions – sport. Featuring the winners and other key works from all five instalments of the Prize, the exhibition brings together diverse explorations of the personal and collective significance…

Exhibition | water + wisdom Australia India | RMIT Gallery

Exhibition Dates: 1st December 2017 – 10th March 2018 Opening night: Thursday 30th November, 6 – 8 pm. Drawing on extensive research by experts from India and Australia, water + wisdom Australia India presents a poetic dimension on ancient wisdom regarding water management in both continents, as seen through the work of visual artists, creative writers and researchers who have incorporated these issues into their work. Artists including Ravi Agarwal, Sandra Aitken, Clare Arni, Badger Bates, Lado Bai, Atul Bhalla, Paddy Bedford, Vicki Couzens, Hannah Donnelly, Vibha Galhotra, Bhavani G.S, Connie Hart, Victoria Lautman, Rebecca Mayo, Djambawa Marawilli, Wanyubi Marika, Jennifer Mullett, Lorna Fencer Napurrurla, Glenda Nicholls, Justine Philip, Parthiv Shah, Jangarh Singh Shyam, Cop Shiva, K.R. Sunil, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, Hanna Tuulikki, Carmel Wallace, Judy Watson, Asim Waqif, Liyawaday Wirrapanda. Public program Friday 1st December 12.30 -1.30 pm Hanna…

Exhibition | Seeing Voices | Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Seeing Voices, an exhibition that thinks through how the voice is visualised, employed and reimagined in contemporary art, has opened at Horsham Regional Gallery and runs until 10 December. Seeing voices, a collaboration between NETS Victoria and Monash University Museum of Art I MUMA uses the Monash University Collection as a springboard for thinking through the voice. The exhibition encompasses drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video, and a live performance with each iteration of the exhibition. In the exhibition, the voice might act as a metaphor for  collective action, for speaking out against injustice and coming together in gestures of solidarity. It can be a marker of cultural and geographic specificity or the trace of disappearing language. It may also function like a spiritual medium; through its historical recording and archiving it time-travels to haunt the present. The voice is…

Exhibition | TarraWarra International: All that is solid…

Cao Fei Rumba II: Nomad (video still) 2015 video installation, 14:16 min Sound by Artist Dickson Dee Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

TarraWarra International: All that is solid… 2 September – 12 November Curator: Victoria Lynn All that is solid… is the third exhibition in the TarraWarra International series, designed to showcase leading contemporary art practice in a global context. The Australian and international artists in this exhibition depict precarious histories, and their art offers imaginative responses. Many of them use the format of the archival fragment as a starting point for their work – a photograph or video from days gone by. Others depict the current social changes, turbulent conflicts, and altered political landscapes with a new imaginative filter. The artists in this year’s TarraWarra International are Didem Erk (Turkey); Cao Fei (China); Tom Nicholson (Australia); Patrick Pound (Australia); and Cyrus Tang (Australia). More information on the TarraWarra website: www.twma.com.au/exhibition/tarrawarra-international-all-that-is-solid/  

Exhibitions at the State LIbrary of Victoria

Self-made: zines and artist books This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines. Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system. Free Open daily during Library hours 11 August –12 November 2017 Free guided tours: Tuesdays 12.30pm, Thursdays 6pm, Sundays 3pm Blue Rotunda, Cowen Gallery Looped: artist books in the round In this unique installation from artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, each glass-panelled cabinet case around the domed reading room’s original heritage dais becomes a page. Free Open daily during Library hours 4 August –26 November 2017 La Trobe Reading Room

Lecture | Dr Christopher Heathcote – Discovering Dobell | TarraWarra Museum of Art

William Dobell Gentleman conversing with a prawn 1970 oil on panel 27.8 x 25.4 cm Private collection © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

2pm, Saturday 22 July Dr. Christopher Heathcote, curator of Discovering Dobell, as he shares his fresh insights into the work of William Dobell. Exploring in detail Dobell’s London years, his portraits of Sydneysiders, and the more experimental New Guinea paintings, Heathcote’s lecture will present a close examination of the artist’s practice, shedding new light on the processes and methods by which the artist developed ideas from sketches to paintings. Exploring in detail Dobell’s London years, his portraits of Sydneysiders, and the more experimental New Guinea paintings, Heathcote’s lecture will present a close examination of the artist’s practice, shedding new light on the processes and methods by which the artist developed his ideas through several drawings and studies to reach one or more paintings. Dr. Christopher Heathcote is one of Australia’s foremost art critics and has written on a broad range of topics…

Exhibition | dot, dot, dot […] | : SCA Galleries

Bronwyn Bancroft, Falling Through Time (Riverstone series), 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

The Papunya dot is a powerful symbol of social and cultural identity in Aboriginal art and culture. In a new exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts, a group of artists harness the power that the dot holds for Aboriginal people, as a starting point to explore their own beliefs and ideas that drive them as artists in Australian society. The exhibition titled dot, dot, dot […] is curated by the University of Sydney’s SCA Lecturer, Wingara Mura Fellow and Dharug artist Janelle Evans. It follows an exhibition in Paris in 2012 – Beyond the Papunya Dot curated by Geraldine Le Roux – that exposed the diverse and complex nature of contemporary Indigenous art through the work of nine artists including Janelle Evans. In contrast to the Paris show, dot, dot, dot […], which is a collaborative project of Janelle…

Exhibition and Art Talks | Call of the Avant-Garde Constructivism and Australian Art | Heide MoMA

As part of the soon-to-open ‘Call of the Avant-Garde’ exhibition at Heide MoMA there are a series of floor talks whhere visitors can learn about Russian constructivist art and ideas and key works in the exhibition withy exhibiting artists, social commentators and curators. All talks are included with museum admission. All free with admission, no bookings required. Call of the Avant-Garde | Sunday 9 July, 2pm | An overview of the exhibition with its curators curators Lesley Harding and Sue Cramer Writing and Concepts: Art in the Time Of Trump | Saturday 22 July, 2pm | One hundred years after the Russian revolution, writer and social commentator Ben Eltham discusses dissent and descensus in the current political landscape. (Please be aware that this program has limited capacity.) Rose Nolan and Kerrie Poliness | Saturday 5 August, 2pm | Artists Rose…

Exhibition | No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch | Deakin University ‘Pop Up’ Gallery

An exhibition staged by  Deakin University Art Gallery in partnership with community arts organisation The Torch to showcase artworks by Indigenous artists in its latest pop-up exhibition at Deakin’s Downtown site. Open until Friday 14 July, the exhibition “No Turning Back: Artworks from The Torch” features works by 11 Indigenous artists who participated in The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program. The program supports current and former Indigenous offenders in Victoria by focusing on cultural strengthening and artistic expression in the rehabilitation process. Manager of the Deakin University Art Gallery, Leanne Willis, said the Deakin University Art Gallery was proud to support The Torch’s Indigenous Arts in Prison and Community program. No Turning Back is a testament to the success of The Torch’s cultural and arts vocational support for Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders. The exhibition provides participants with…

Lecture Series | A Life in Pictures – Vincent Alessi on Van Gogh | NGV International

A LIFE OF PICTURES – Saturday 13th, Sunday 21st and Saturday 27th MAY, 2-3pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium – NGV International Journey through Van Gogh’s multifaceted career as an artist in a series of illustrated lectures by Dr Vincent Alessi. Dr Vincent Alessi is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at La Trobe University and an alumni of The University of Melbourne. His research interests include the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, mid-late nineteenth century European art, nineteenth century popular graphic illustration and Australian contemporary visual art and curatorial practice. Vincent completed his PhD on Van Gogh’s collection of black-and-white popular illustrations and is currently undertaking research on the influence of Charles Dickens on Van Gogh. Alessi has also held numerous positions within cultural institutions including Curatorial Manager at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne…

News and Exhibition | Sidney Nolan’s man behind Ned Kelly mask revealed | Heide MoMA

Recent research by Paula Dredge and Kendrah Morgan with assistance from the Australian Synchrotron has revelead a face behind the mask of one of Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings. From April 22 to May 14 Heide will host a virtual reality display that will allow visitors to explore this ‘face behind the mask.’ From Heide Working in collaboration with the scientific research centre Australian Synchrotron, and utilising its state of the art technology, art conservators have imaged pigments buried underneath layers of paint to reveal a face behind the mask of Sidney Nolan’s painting Ned Kelly, “Nobody knows anything about my case but myself” 1945. When examining the painting in 2012, Paula Dredge, Paintings Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Kendrah Morgan, Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne noticed brush strokes underneath the…

Lecture | Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons – Sjraar van Heugten | NGV International

Vincent van Gogh A wheatfield, with cypresses early September 1889 Saint-Rémy oil on canvas 72.1 x 90.9 cm F 615, JH 1755 National Gallery, London Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1923 (NG3861) © The National Gallery, London Photo: The National Gallery, London

Something on High: Van Gogh, Nature and the Seasons Sjraar van Heugten Date: Saturday 29th April 2017, 2pm  Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV International Tickets $16 M / $20 A / $18 C (Book here http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/something-on-high/) The seasons had profound meaning for Vincent van Gogh: they represented the circle of life within nature – birth, bloom, maturity and death. For the artist, this ongoing cycle represented the greatness of nature and the existence of a higher force. Celebrate the opening weekend of Van Gogh and the Seasons as exhibition curator Sjraar van Heugten explores Van Gogh’s love of nature in both his life and work and the role of the seasons in his oeuvre. Sjraar van Heugten is an independent art historian and former Head of Collections at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Sjraar joined the Van Gogh Museum in…

Exhibition | Plotting the island: dreams, discovery and disaster

Plotting the island: dreams, discovery and disaster navigates both real and imaginary voyages, seeing the island of Australia as a pivotal destination. The Indigenous inhabitants had long established profound connectedness and history to this island, yet in the Western mind it was shrouded in mystery and imagined through art and literature. It was the lucrative spice trade and the opportunities for territorial expansion that brought Europeans to the Pacific and onto Australia, sometimes purposefully, other times by fateful accident. Their cartographic developments began to transform the world’s map. The era of exploration encompassed another age, that of the Enlightenment. This in turn gave rise to a great desire to collect; voyages were a course leading to the collection of scientific specimens from natural history and objects of culture. The subsequent and often disastrous shipwrecks, mutinies and encounters between Europeans and…