Tag Archive for Contemporary Art

Exhibition | Katherine Hattam | Deakin University Art Gallery

Personal pronouns, 2015
Charcoal on paper
163.5 x 164 cm
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy the artist and Daine Singer
Photography: Clare Rae

A new exhibition has just opened at Deakin University Art Gallery Katherine Hattam: Desire first: 1978–2015, which is a survey of Hattam’s career to date. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. In the exhibition viewers can see the development of Hattam’s distinct style. Recurring motifs in her work include chairs and other domestic objects, which she combines with references to literature, feminism, art history and modern psychoanalysis to create work that is personally symbolic. The artist and her experiences have some kind of presence in many of the works; anthropomorphic chairs stand in for a range of family members and Hattam herself is present in many of the spaces she depicts. Hattam has exhibited widely throughout Australia. Her…

New Exhibitions and Talks at RMIT Gallery | Power to the People and Performing Mobilities


Power to the People! September 24th until 24th October 2015 Spanish artist Julio Falagán’s work questions power and the established status quo through humour and irony. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to become participants and collectors by photocopying and stamping the artist’s work in the gallery.Come along and start your very own art collection – along with discussions about production/reproduction/ copyright and artist’s moral rights and remuneration. All coin donations collected will be sent to the  RMIT Scholarship Philanthropy Fund to support disadvantaged undergraduate students. Power To The People Pre-Opening Discussion Be the first to print your very own artwork and chat to the artist Julio Falagán over churros and Spanish wine on his Melbourne visit, at a pre-opening…

Exhibition | Pierre Huyghe | TarraWarra International 2015

Pierre Huyghe, A Journey that wasn't, 2005. Film. Courtesy of the Artist.

Exhibtion Dates – 29th August – 22nd November 2015 | Curated by Amelia Barikin and Victoria Lynn The first major Australian solo exhibition by internationally renowned contemporary French artist Pierre Huyghe will be presented at TarraWarraMuseum of Art, 29 August – 22 November 2015. This will be the second exhibition in the TarraWarra International series, designed to showcase leading contemporary art practice in a global context. The exhibition, which will occupy the entire space at TarraWarra, is described by the curators Amelia Barikin and Victoria Lynn describe as being ‘about time: geological time, historical time, subjective time, non-human time, and the time of art.’ The curatorial starting point for the exhibition is Huyghe’s founding of The Association of Freed Time in 1995, a collaborative proposal for…

Launch | Gertrude Glasshouse and exhibition by Tully Moore

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Exhibition dates: 24 July–29 August 2015 Launch: Thursday 13 August 2015, 6pm Gertrude Contemporary is proud to announce the launch of a new off-site gallery and project space, Gertrude Glasshouse, which opened to the public on Friday 24 July 2015 with the exhibition What noise does a pig make? by Gertrude Studio Artist Tully Moore. The official launch of the space and Moore’s exhibition will take place on Thursday the 13th of August from 6pm. Located in Collingwood just five minutes from the organisation’s Fitzroy headquarters, Gertrude Glasshouse will serve as a transitional space as Gertrude Contemporary moves closer to its anticipated move from the address that gave it its name thirty years ago. The Glasshouse venture is supported by long-term…

Boiler Room Lecture | Jalal Toufic Which Is the More Difficult in the Christian Era: to Resurrect or to Bury? | State Library of Victoria

Jalal Toufic, Self Portrait? (2007)

Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA] in partnership with Monash Art Design & Architecture [MADA] are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by Lebanese artist, writer and thinker Jalal Toufic, whose influence in the Beirut artistic community over the past two decades has been immense. The lecture will be introduced by Callum Morton, MADA Head of Department, and will be followed by a screening of Toufic’s video Attempt 137 to Map the Drive (7 minutes, 2011; made in collaboration with Graziella Rizkallah Toufic). Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death. He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois. His books, many of which were published by Forthcoming…

Event | Flinders Lane Artwalk for NiteArt 2015

Philip Wolfhagen, Landscape Reinvention no. 29 (2015), oil on board, 46 x 49 cm, courtesy Karen Woodbury Gallery

As part of Nite Art 2015 exhibition spaces along Flinders Lane will be open from 6pm until late. Eight venues on Flinders Lane will show photography, video, paintings and site-responsive installations. At Flinders Lane Gallery Jon Eiseman and Josh Robbins will be working on new pieces in the gallery space, and Melinda Schawel will guide visitors through creating their own paper-based art. Karen Woodbury Gallery will have an exhibition by Philip Wolfhagen called Other Worlds, a new collection of landscape works that are inspired by the artist’s experiences in Tasmania’s Skullbones Plains. Blindside ARI (in the Nicholson Building) and the Chin Chin Wall of Art will show video art. Blindside’s Screen Series is curated by Xanthe Dobbie and Anabelle Lacroix…

Exhibitions | Kate Newby, Sean Peoples, Ishmael Marika | Gertrude Contemporary

Kate Newby

New exhibitions opening at Gertrude Contemporary this Friday 17th July. Exhibition opening: Friday 17 July 2015, 6–8pm Exhibition dates: 17 July–29 August 2015 Main galleries: Kate Newby, Always humming Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present a new, major exhibition by New Zealand artist Kate Newby, featuring a newly commissioned collaboration with composer Samuel Holloway. Titled Always humming, the exhibition takes over both downstairs galleries and extends to the rooflines of buildings on Gertrude Street, and into its back alleyways, creating a fluid relation between indoors and outdoors. Always humming is an exercise in creating an atmospheric experience rather than a series of discrete objects. Its force is anti-climactic, continuous, infectious; what Jennifer Kabat has described as ‘radically slight.’ In contrast…

Boiler Room Lecture | Raqs Media Collective

Image: Raqs Media Collective Coronation Park 2015
La Biennale di Venezia - 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy

MUMA in partnership with AsialinkArts and IMA are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by Raqs Media Collective members Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The lecture will be convened by Natalie King, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts/Senior Curator MPavilion. Date: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 6.00-7.30pm Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne FREE event but bookings essential: muma.rsvp@monash.edu or ph. 03 9905 4365 The Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles; often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art and films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have founded processes…

News | NGV announces Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei Summer Exhibition

Self-portrait no. 9 (detail) 1986
synthetic polymer paint and screenprint on canvas
203.5 x 203.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the National Gallery Women’s Association, Governor, 1987
© Andy Warhol/ARS, New York. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney and Ai Weiwei (detail)
© Gao Yuan

The National Gallery has announced that their summer exhibition this year will feature Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei. The exhibition has been developed by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Ai Wei Wei himself. The exhibition will open in December at the NGV and then at The Andy Warhol Museum in June 2016. From the NGV  Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, developed by the NGV and The Warhol, with the participation of Ai Weiwei, will explore the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern and contemporary life, focussing on the parallels, intersections and points of difference between the two artists’ practices. Surveying the scope of both artists’ careers, the exhibition at the NGV will present over 300 works, including major…

Exhibitions | Linda Marrinon and Dominik Lang | MUMA

Revolutionist 2014
tinted and painted plaster
Monash University Collection

Two new exhibitions opening next week at MUMA. Exhibition Dates: 11 July – 19 September 2015 Opening function Wednesday 15 July 2015, 6-8pm. With remarks by Robyn McKenzie, writer and art historian Linda Marrinon: Figure Sculpture 2005-2015 A key figure in Australian art since the mid-1980s, Linda Marrinon has developed an idiosyncratic language of painting and drawing steeped in postmodernist irony and feminist wit. Over the last decade, Marrinon has concentrated her attention on a significant body of entrancing and enigmatic figurative sculptures, forty-eight of which are brought together from public and private collections around Australia at the Monash University Museum of Art for Linda Marrinon: Figure Sculpture 2005-2015. Like many of her peers who established their reputations in the 1980s, Marrinon draws…

Tracey Moffat Talk at CCP

Image: Tracey Moffatt
Art Calls: Episode One 2014 (video still)
HD video: 28 min 0 sec, black and white and colour, stereo sound 
dimensions variable
courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney  image courtesy of Mulesfilm

“I would rather talk to another artist about their art practice than discuss my own work”, Tracey Moffatt said in a recent interview published in the Spirited catalogue for the Queensland Art Gallery. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear directly from Tracey Moffatt, one of Australia’s best known and most influential contemporary artists. In conjunction with her exhibition at CCP, Moffatt will give an exclusive public talk at the gallery. Join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion around Moffatt’s enduring and wide reaching practice. As an artist within the VCE syllabus in 2015, this is a valuable opportunity for educators to hear, first hand from Moffat. Date: Tuesday 7 July, 6pm—7.30pm Venue: Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street,…

Review | David Hansen on Danh Vo’s Slip of the Tongue in Venice

Danh Vo, We the People (detail) (photo Lisa Brice for Artthrob)

Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice 12 April-31 December 2015 Curated by Danh Vo in collaboration with Caroline Bourgeois Venice: home of Marco Polo; key entrepôt on the Silk Road; the heart of a great and glittering maritime and mercantile empire. For hundreds of years the Most Serene Republic reached out across the Adriatic and the Mediterranean to the Eastern Empire and beyond, trading and plundering; the famous lion of St Mark atop the right-hand column of the Piazzetta, next to the Doge’s Palace, is probably 4th century BC Persian-Hellenistic; the Byzantine water-marble facing of the basilica of San Marco was stripped from Hagia Sophia during the sack of Constantinople at the time of the Fourth Crusade. Yet the…

Talk | Stein Rønning | CCP Australia

Stein Rønning, Renient 1 2014, inkjet print, 42.5 x 42cm, courtesy the artist.

Resituating time, lost time re-embedded, or how Chronos eats his stone Since Bernd and Hilla Becher, fine art photography has been practiced with great fervour. It has been disseminated and analysed, and as an art form, it has become an auto-critical practice. It’s even started to find its own way of dying as its very mode of existence, in much the same way as painting has for quite some time. Modern photography appeared as a potential artistic medium (plate photography in the 1820s) much at the same time as a modern systemic concept of art is settled (Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics delivered between 1818—29 and the famous notion that art is something of the past). Now with photography’s referent being…

News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 9th 2015

Image courtesy of the Art of Brandis twitter account @ArtofBrandis

A round-up of some of the news and stories on art and art history from the past week. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has cancelled their Marina Abramovic retrospective that was planned for 2016. In a comment made to Fairfax Media Abramovic  said ‘They say that it is complicated. One reason was there were two exhibitions in Australia. It was too much to make a third one. The trustees they didn’t want any more.’ Her work is the focus of two upcoming exhibitions, one in Sydney at Kaldor Art projects, and another at MONA. Is one reason (or even the main reason?) for the cancellation a symptom of our museums wanting exclusives? A great article by Griselda Pollock…

Boiler Room Lecture | Ryan Gander | State Library of Victoria

Image: Ryan Gander, Porthole to Culturefield Revisited 2010
Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery. Photo: Ken Adlard and Dave Morgan.

MUMA and Monash Art Design and Architecture [MADA], in association with Australian Centre for Contemporary Art [ACCA] are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by renowned UK artist Ryan Gander. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Hannah Mathews, Associate Curator, ACCA. Ryan Gander was born in Chester, UK in 1976 and lives and works in London and Suffolk. He has established an international reputation through artworks that materialise in many different forms, including sculpture, film, writing, graphic design, installation and performance. Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge; a reinvention…