Tag Archive for Australian Art

Exhibition Review | Whistler’s Mother | NGV International

Installation view of Whistler’s Mother at NGV International, 25 March – 19 June 2016.
Photo: Brooke Holm

The National Gallery of Victoria’s latest loan exhibition is based around a single painting by James McNeil Whistler – his Arrangement in grey and black no. 1 of 1871, popularly known as the Portrait of the artist’s mother, or just ‘Whistler’s Mother’. Compared to the just-closed Warhol/Wei Wei summer blockbuster, this is a small, intimate exhibition. The painting is on loan from the Musée d’Orsay and the exhibition is filled out with etchings, prints, paintings, furniture and decorative arts from the NGV’s permanent collection. The exhibition sets this single painting into a fresh context, one that enriches our understanding of Whistler and allows us to see works from the NGV collection in a new light. I find it impossible to really talk…

Symposium | Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation | VCA

ian burn symposium

A symposium presented by Art & Australia at VCA |Turning on Burn: A Reflective Conversation This symposium explores and speculates upon the work and legacy of Australian conceptual artist Ian Burn (1939–1993). After graduating from the National Gallery of Art School (now the VCA School of Art), Burn spent much of his career working in the avant-garde scenes of London and New York. He was a key member of Art & Language, a collaborative group who produced the ground-breaking publication  Art–Language and included artists Roger Cutforth, Joseph Kosuth and Mel Ramsden. Returning to Australia in 1977, Burn became involved in the Art Workers Union (AWU), a political and social platform that championed artists’ rights and helped change the landscape and…

Exhibition | Making History – The Angry Penguins | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Arthur Boyd, Butterfly Man, 1943. Oil on muslin on cardboard, 55.5cm x 75.5cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Bequest of John and Sunday Reed ©Bundanon Trust. Image via Heide Museum of Modern Art website.

Making History celebrates the influential role of Heide founders John and Sunday Reed in the development of Australian art and intellectual culture from the 1930s right up to the early 1980s. The Reeds’ first home at Heide, the Victorian farmhouse now referred to as Heide I, provides the setting for a changing selection of art works, archival material and personal effects which reveal the range of their activities and commitments: as art collectors and benefactors; as instigators of significant cultural organisations; and as cultivators of their extensive property, developed so that one day it would become a public gallery and park for all to enjoy. The first display features works by the revolutionary and now highly acclaimed artists who congregated…

Conversation | Jan Senbergs and Patrick McCaughey | NGV Australia

Jan SENBERGS Altered Parliament House 1 1976  synthetic polymer paint and oil screenprint on canvas 182.5 x 243.5 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by Mrs Adrian Gibson as the winner of the 1976 Sir William Angliss Memorial Art Prize, 1977 A25-1977 © Jan Senbergs/Licensed by  VISCOPY, Australia

Jan Senbergs with Patrick McCaughey Artist in Conversation One of Australia’s leading artists, Jan Senbergs held his first exhibition in Melbourne in 1960. Acclaimed as a painter, printmaker and draughtsman, Senbergs’s work is characterised by its humanist vision, finely-honed sense of the absurd and the artist’s wide ranging curiosity. Hear from this eminent artist as he reflects on his artistic career with renowned art historian Patrick McCaughey, author of Voyage and Landfall: The Art of Jan Senbergs. The conversation will be followed by a book signing with Jan Senbergs and Patrick McCaughey. Date: Sunday 20 Mar, 2pm Venue: NGV Australia Theatre. Book via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/artist-in-conversation-jan-senbergs-with-patrick-mccaughey/

Exhibitions | Marcin Wojcik – Anna Horne – Paula Hunt – David Attwood and Clare Peake – Carla Adams | Bus Projects

Malleable Scenario | Marcin Wojcik

  Exhibition Dates: Opening Wednesday 16 6-8pm until April 2nd. Malleable Scenario. Marcin Wojcik. Gallery 1. Reaching ‘the scene’ attempts to manifest the elusive state available only to those who commit themselves to a moment’s endurance. Going alone with eyes set on some enigmatic endpoint on a set course / line / road. In this body of work, the re-constructed scenario’s pits the solitary athlete (a cyclist) against multiple horizons (the scene) in a perpetual pursuit. Here the cast cyclist peddles endlessly forward around a velodrome, up a mountain as well as attempting to chase the unattainable. The aim of the task is to commit and give everything – to practice and exercise through the pain and the zen of repetition. Further,…

Lecture and Symposium | New Perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History | University of Melbourne

Photo of Gerard Vaughan

A symposium on new perspectives on Italian and Australian Art History at the University next week, with a keynote by National Gallery of Australia Director Dr Gerard Vaughan. Full program for symposium is now available on the website (pdf link). Changing the National Gallery of Australia: re-thinking the installations | Dr Gerard Vaughan In late 2015, the Director of the National Gallery of Australia, Dr Gerard Vaughan announced: ‘We have commenced an ambitious project to transform the experience at the NGA. Every time you visit the Gallery there will be new discoveries as we constantly revitalise the galleries dedicated to the permanent collection.’ In this lecture, Dr Vaughan will provide a detailed account of the new rehang, which has included…

News | Horsham Regional Art Gallery to re-open after redevelopment

Images from Horsham Regional Art Gallery's collection

The redeveloped Horsham Regional Art Gallery will reopen this weekend, as part of the new visual and performing arts hub located at the Horsham Town Hall. A $20 million construction project was undertaken in 2014 to create a new arts and performance hub for Horsham, co-locating the city’s visual and performing arts venues. The official opening of the Horsham Town Hall will take place in mid-February, the new Horsham Regional Art Gallery will open on Saturday 30 January. The special retrospective exhibition Smiling when I wake will celebrate the best of the gallery’s photography collection. It includes work from Australian artists Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain and Carol Jerrems. At the same time the gallery will open an exhibition of works…

Exhibition Review | Lurid Beauty: Surrealism and its Echoes | Katrina Grant

Eric Thake, Archaeopteryx, 1941 Melbourne, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Purchased 1964

Lurid Beauty: Surrealism and its Echoes NGV Australia, Federation Square. The exhibition closes on the 31st January 2016. “Surrealism is a word that is applied to those forms of creative art which are evolved, not from the conscious mind, but from the deeper recesses of the subconscious. The theory of Surrealism is based upon a belief that the logical mind, with its prescribed formulas of thought, is incapable of expressing the entire range of human experience and aspiration. To express such a range, the complete mechanism of the human mind must be utilised.” James Gleeson This description by James Gleeson is from his essay published in Art & Australia in 1940 ‘What is Surrealism’, which explained the principals and rationale driving…

Public Forum | The Art of Howard Arkley | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Howard Arkley in front of one of the houses he painted in his House and Homes series, 1988 Photo: Martin Kantor

Join us for a panel discussion and audience Q & A with three of Arkley’s friends, colleagues, and fellow artists, Callum Morton, Jenny Watson and Constanze Zikos. This event promises to provide fascinating insights into Arkley’s practice and processes, highlighting his immersion and influence within a vibrant artistic milieu from the mid-1970s through to the late 1990s. Date: 2pm-3:30pm, 6th February 2016 Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road,Healesville, Victoria, Australia Tickets: Adults $25, TWMA Members $12.50, Seniors $22.50, Student, Pension & Healthcare card holders $20.00 Website and bookings: http://www.twma.com.au/events/public-forum-the-work-of-howard-arkley/  

Panel Discussion | Australian Surrealism | NGV International

Max Dupain
Australia 1911–92
Surrealist study 1938 
gelatin silver photograph 
45.9 x 35.5 cm (image)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (NGA 2007.949)
Purchased with the assistance of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM, 2007

Surrealism had a profound impact on Australian art and creative life. The movement encouraged young artists such as Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and James Gleeson to challenge conventions, forever changing the Australian art world. Discover the rich legacy of Surrealism on Australian art, past and present, in a conversation between an artist, curators and an academic. Speakers Tim Schultz, Artist Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art, NGV Date: 2pm Saturday 28th August 2015 Venue:  NGV Australia Booking required: $16 M / $20 A / $18 C Book online.

Exhibition | Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes | NGV International

We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit 1940
oil on canvas
40.7 x 51.3 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Anonymous gift, 1941
© Courtesy of the artist

Exhibition Dates: 9 Oct 15 – 31 Jan 16 at the National Gallery of Victoria Australia. Opening weekend events include a talk by Peter Ellis, surrealist artist and RMIT Associate Professor, artist Peter Daverington and talks from the Curator’s Collective with NGV curators Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art; Elena Taylor, Curator; Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, Prints and Drawings; and Danielle Whitfield, Curator, Fashion and Textiles. See the website for full details and times – http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/curators-collective/#date0 Surrealism was one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century. Noted for their experimental and playful approaches, Surrealist artists sought to challenge artistic conventions, opening their work to unexpected results and to the accidental image. Through techniques such…

Seminar | S. T. Gill as eyewitness: art as historical evidence | State Library of Victoria

Diggers on the way to Bendigo, ST Gill, 1869

This seminar is part of the Making Public Histories series. Celebrating the first-ever retrospective of one of Australia’s forgotten artists, S. T. Gill, this seminar reflects on Gill as an ‘eyewitness’ to colonial life in nineteenth century Australia. Join us for the inside story on how historians have used Gill’s works to make sense of the colonial past, from the Victorian goldfields to horse-racing. Chair: Associate Professor Alison Inglis, University of Melbourne Speakers: Emeritus Prof. Sasha Grishin (ANU, Exhibition curator), Dr Jan Croggon (Historian, Sovereign Hill Museums Association) and Dr Andrew Lemon (professional historian) This is a free event, but bookings are essential – click here to book. This event accompanies the current State Library of Victoria exhibition Australian sketchbook:…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | August 24th 2015

Tom Roberts, Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York (Later King George V), May 9, 1901, 1903, oil on canvas

 On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection

A round-up of art news and reviews from the past week. Another day, another spurious Leonardo discovery. This time scientists claim to have discovered that Leonardo deliberately developed a specific technique and that there are stylistic similarities between his works. Groundbreaking. This sort of ‘arts reporting’ is really just lazy reprinting of press releases without any real journalism, something that is underlined by the report in the Telegraph where they mistakenly use an image of the so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa, a much later copy, which was itself the subject of another Leonardo media frenzy a few years ago. Leonardo is obvious clickbait for media so perhaps you shouldn’t give them the satisfaction and read one of these more interesting articles instead. The National Gallery of Australia has…

Exhibition | In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift

Albert Tucker, Barbara Tucker in the banana shed, Springbrook, Queensland c.1970, gelatin silver photograph, 30.5 x 40.7 cm

Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001, © Estate of Barbara Tucker, Courtesy of Sotheby’s Australia

From 22 August 2015, Heide Museum of Modern Art will present In Fond Memory: The Barbara Tucker Gift, an exhibition that will commemorate Barbara Tucker’s extraordinary contribution to Heide and celebrate her continuing presence in the life of the museum. On 16 May 2015 Heide Museum of Modern Art sadly lost one of its most treasured friends and supporters. Barbara Tucker had a long association with Heide, initially as a personal acquaintance of John and Sunday Reed with her late husband, artist Albert Tucker, then during the evolution of the museum as Heide Fellow (2000), Life Benefactor (2004) and Co-Patron. Prior to Albert’s death in 1999, the Tuckers offered Heide a major donation of artworks, to be transferred progressively over a…

Exhibition | Colour Sensation: The Works of Melinda Harper | Heide MOMA

Melinda Harper, Untitled 2011, oil on canvas, 153 x 182 cm, Courtesy of the artist and NKN Gallery, Melbourne

Exhibition dates: Saturday 27 June – Sunday 25 October 2015 Over the last three decades, Melinda Harper has developed a distinctive and widely admired body of abstract works animated by brilliant colour relationships and dazzling arrangements of geometric shapes. While Harper is best known as a painter, this exhibition will reveal the diversity of her practice through its inclusion of drawings, collages, screenprints, experimental photographs, painted assemblages and exquisite hand stitched embroideries. It also marks the first time in recent years that Heide will present a solo exhibition of an artist whose work is entirely abstract. Harper’s first exhibition was in 1987 at Pinacotheca gallery in Melbourne and she was a leading member of the Store 5 artists’ group in…