Tag Archive for Australian Art

Opening Weekend Events for TarraWarra Biennial 2014 – Whisper in My Mask | Saturday 16th August

Sandra Hill
Home-maker #7 - Cake Making 2012
oil on linen
76 x 91 cm
Murdoch University Art Collection
Courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries, Perth

This weekend (Saturday 16th August) is the opening weekend of the TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask will feature a premiere of a one act play and a series of talks by artists featured in the exhibition. About the Biennial 16 August 2014 – 16 November 2014 The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art practice under an experimental curatorial platform. The TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine, is the…

Free Lunchtime Lecture at Homlesglen | Noël Skrzypczak

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Noël Skrzypczak (pronounced Scrip-jack) is a Melbourne artist whose work has consistently addressed the materiality of painting and surface. Her wall paintings, a major one of which was commissioned for the lobby of the Melbourne Crown Metropole Hotel, recall the expressive spontaneity of surrealism and the pour and drip of action painting. The Holmesglen Collection includes three early works by the artist – these are currently installed in the Information Commons, Moorabbin campus. Noël is represented in significant public and private collections throughout Australia and will be speaking at the…

Talk | Jason Smith on the correspondence of John Reed at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Detail of the Reed Christmas Card from 1955. Via Heide Website.

2014 marks eighty years since John and Sunday Reed purchased the property and named it Heide, after the nearby town of Heidelberg. As part of the celebrations of this milestone Heide is holding series of programs that reveal their unique history, the remarkable achievements of its founders John and Sunday Reed and the fascinating art, architecture and gardens that make Heide one of Melbourne’s best-loved public art museums. This Sunday Heide director & CEO Jason Smith looks back over the eighty-year history of Heide through the fascinating, thought-provoking and revealing correspondence of John Reed. Date:…

Exhibition | Gunter Christman: Now and Then | Heide Museum of Modern Art

GUNTER CHRISTMANNSmoke OZKAR (2001)
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
137 x 122cm
© The Estate of Gunter Christmann and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Gunter Christman: Now and Then is on now at Heide Museum of Modern Art until 16th November 2014. EVENT | This Saturday (2nd August 2:00pm) Artist Simon Barney, a friend and colleague of Gunter Christmann for thirty years, talks about Christmann’s inspirations, techniques and perspectives on art. Free with entry. About the Exhibition At the time of his death in 2013, Gunter Christmann was gathering anew the type of critical and public attention that surrounded his striking debut as an artist in the 1960s. Painting for himself rather than the market throughout…

Exhibition Review | Genius and Ambition. The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768–1918 | David R. Marshall

John Frederick Lewis, The Door of a Cafe in Cairo, 1865, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Genius and Ambition. The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768–1918 David R. Marshall   At the Bendigo Art Gallery 2 March–9 June 2014. (Closes 9 June; an exhibition of antique sculpture from the British Museum follows on 2 August.) The regional galleries have some interesting exhibitions on at the moment. At the Ballarat Art Gallery is Auld Lang Syne while at Bendigo, with only a few days to run, is Genius and Ambition, which consists largely of works from the Royal Academy, London and is an exhibition generated by Bendigo…

Talk | Why Being Real Matters: Art and Authenticity in Australia | Robyn Sloggett

Why Being Real Matters: Art & Authenticity in Australia Robyn Sloggett In this talk, Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett presents an outline of the history of art and cultural heritage fraud in Australia. She examines the ways in which scholarship intersects (or does not intersect) with art fraud investigations and what is at stake when art fraud goes unreported. With the Australian indigenous art market estimated at around $500 million and with estimates for the amount of problematic art in the market at about 10%, the issue is significant in both economic and social terms. This talk looks at these issues and…

Exhibition | From the Home of Mirka Mora | Heide Museum of Modern Art

Mirka Mora in her studio Photograph: Fred Kroh (2014)

‘To me, painting and drawing are natural, I’ve done them for as long as I can remember’. Mirka Mora About the Exhibition | Mirka Mora is one of Melbourne’s best-loved artists and most colourful personalities. This special exhibition, drawn from the treasure trove that is her home studio spans her entire practice, from her first surviving painting through her most recently completed works and includes paintings, drawings, soft sculptures, tapestries, sketchbooks and ceramics. Rarely seen in public before, the works will be displayed in the former home of Mirka’s close friends…

Public Lecture | Wreckage and Reclamation: Politics and Art in Brisbane 1987-1997 | Doug Hall

TYNDALL, Peter, Australia b.1951, detail A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something... QLD: 1979 (PUPPET CULTURE FRAMING SYSTEM), 1979 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/ someone looks at something... CULTURAL CONSUMPTION PRODUCTION Oil on canvas and enamel on wood with braided nylon cord 177 x 56.6cm, Acc. 2002.115 Gift of the artist through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2002. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program Collection: Queensland Art Gallery, © The artist

“The greatest thing that could happen to this State – and the Nation – is when we can get rid of the media. Then we could live in peace and tranquility, and no one would know anything.”  Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, former Queensland Premier, the Spectator, London, 12 December 1987. “This, December 2, 1989, is the end of the Bjelke-Petersen era.” Wayne Goss, election victory speech, 2 December, 1989. The one-liner, ‘it could only happen in Queensland’, is now but a well-worn and a meaningless cliché. The conduct that it supposedly…

Exhibition | Being Human: The Graphic Work of George Baldessin | Heide Museum of Modern Art

George Baldessin, Seated Figure, 1973, colour etching and aquatint plate 56.2 x 50.5 cm Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne Gift of Tess, Gabriel and Ned Baldessin 2010 © Estate of George Baldessin

Being Human: The Graphic Work of George Baldessin Heide Museum of Modern Art until Sunday 19 October 2014 About the Exhibition | In a short but intensive career as a painter, sculptor and printmaker, George Baldessin attracted critical acclaim from peers and audiences alike, admired for his expertise in intaglio printing (etching) and his radical figurative style during the 1960s and 70s when abstraction was dominant. Being Human: The Graphic Work of George Baldessin, focuses on Baldessin’s powerful prints and drawings, created between the artist’s exhibition debut in 1964 and his untimely…

Update | Program now available for Scottish Australia Symposium

Thomas WATLING Scottish, b.1762, Australia 1792–1797, d. c.1814 Scarlet and Green Parrot (1792-1797) watercolour on paper 21.7 x 20.1 cm Natural History Museum, London

Scottish Australia Symposium | Art Gallery of Ballarat The Scottish Australia Symposium will take place from the 9-11 May in Ballarat. It will bring together a range of speakers on topics related to the exhibition and on the relationship between Scotland and Australia. Keynote Lecture ‘A country of enchantments’: Scottish Observations of Colonial Australia by Dr Lizanne Henderson, University of Glasgow is at 6:30pm, Friday 9th May 2014 at the University of Melbourne, Parkville – full details here. The full Symposium Program is now available here. Parallel sessions through both days, commencing at 9.30am and…

Public Lecture and Symposium | Scottish Australia | Art Gallery of Ballarat and University of Melbourne

Thomas WATLING Scottish, b.1762, Australia 1792–1797, d. c.1814 Scarlet and Green Parrot (1792-1797) watercolour on paper 21.7 x 20.1 cm Natural History Museum, London

Public Lecture ‘A country of enchantments’: Scottish Observations of Colonial Australia Dr Lizanne Henderson, University of Glasgow This public lecture will focus on the observations, perceptions and representations of the natural world by Thomas Watling (1762-c.1814), the Scottish born artist and engraver who was transported to Botany Bay for forgery in 1792. This will be done by investigating the late eighteenth-century intellectual and artistic contexts surrounding Watling’s life and works and the ways in which these influences might have shaped his opinions of Australia. Taking a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective,…

Artist Talk | William Mackinnon | Holmesglen

Happy and Sad (Johnny and Walangkura), 2011 (detail)  acrylic, oil and enamel on linen. 99 x 102 cm © William Mackinnon

Art Talks Free Lunchtime Lecture William Mackinnon William Mackinnon is a Melbourne artist who graduated with a Master of Visual Arts at the VCA in 2008. As the recipient of the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in 2008, the artist used the two year bursary to travel through the Kimberley; working for Papunya Tula Artists as a Field Officer serving the Kintore (NT) and Kwikurra (WA) communities and as artist in residence at Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing. Mackinnon has presented an uncompromising version of indigenous community life – one that…

Exhibition | The Medium is the Message | La Trobe University Museum of Art

Image credit: Amanda Marburg, 17, 2013, oil on linen, 80cm x 100cm, image courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery

The Medium is the Message Chris Bond | Eolo Paul Bottaro | Juan Ford | Sam Leach | Amanda Marburg | Victoria Reichelt LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art Curated by Michael Brennan Exhibition Dates: 30 April – 27 June 2014   About the Exhibition The death of painting has been declared – again and again – for the better part of two centuries. Photography did it. There was no longer a need to labour with pigment and brushes when a more faithful representation could be achieved with…

Exhibition | For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation | Art Gallery of Ballarat

Keeley Halswelle The Heart of the Coolins 1886 oil on canvas National Gallery of Victoria

The exhibition For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation is now on at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until July 27. About the Exhibition For Auld Lang Syne brings together artworks and objects from across Australia and overseas to mark the extraordinary contribution by the Scots to the cultural, social and political life of this nation. Throughout the nineteenth century the Scottish impact on Australia was profound. Scots contributed to the exploration of the continent,  set up schools, estbalished businesses, and were influential in medicine and the…

Lecture | Murujuga Marni – the Burrup Petroglyphs in Context Australia’s Oldest Rock Art Under Threat? | Ken Mulvaney

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Murujuga Marni – the Burrup Petroglyphs in Context: Australia’s Oldest Rock Art Under Threat? Dr Ken Mulvaney, archaeologist and cultural heritage specialist, will explain the global significance of the rock art of the Burrup Peninsula/Murujuga. Ken Mulvaney lives in Dampier and is Rio Tinto’s Cultural Heritage specialist. His PhD in archaeology was on the rock art of the Dampier Archipelago, including the Burrup Peninsula / Murujuga. The site contains over a million ancient rock carvings that provide a unique record of human culture going back 30,000 years. It’s older than…