Tag: Contemporary Art

Conversation | All About Hockney with John McDonald

David Hockney English 1937– 4 blue stools 2014 photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond edition 5 of 25 170.3 x 175.9 cm (image) Collection David Hockney Foundation © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmid

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney. The exhibition (opens this Friday) features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career. Learn more about David Hockney’s life and work as renowned art critic John McDonald shares his thoughts on one of Britain’s greatest living painters before speaking in conversation with exhibition curator Simon Maidment. John McDonald is an art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and film critic for the Australian Financial Review. He has written for many Australian and international publications, worked as an editor and…

Lecture | Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda – Thai-Tanic-Three: Contemporary Thai Art in the Age of Constraints.

Photo of Professor Apinan Poshyananda

Professor Apinan Poshyananda will deliver the Keir Foundation Lecture on the emergence of Thai contemporary art. This lecture will close the three-day Symposium Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia, Saturday 5–Monday 7 November 2016, at the University of Melbourne. Free Public Lecture – All Welcome – Registration required as seating is limited. To register visit: http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/keirfoundation Date: Monday, 7 November 2016, 3-4pm Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Swanston Street, University of Melbourne Professor Dr. Apinan Poshyananda is former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Culture, Thailand. He is art historian, critic,…

Symposium | Regions of the Contemporary: Transnational Art Festivals and Exhibitions in 1990s Southeast Asia

Installation at Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai as part of the second Week of Cooperative Suffering, Chiang Mai Social Installation, 1997. Artist(s) and title unknown. Courtesy Uthit Atimana and Gridthiya Gaweewong.

A three-day symposium to reflect on critical events for transnational contemporary art across Southeast Asia in the 1990s. Informed by recent archival research undertaken into Chiang Mai Social Installation (CMSI), an artist-initiated festival held in northern Thailand (see Simon Soon’s essay in the upcoming issue of Afterall), we propose three key questions for discussion: How did CMSI, and gatherings like it, inform and displace the more deliberate, institutional pictures of a region propagated elsewhere, for example by large triennials in Brisbane and Fukuoka? If Southeast Asia was still peripheral to the art world’s centres in the 1990s, its artists decisively joined…

Lecture | Charles Green – Biennales, Triennales and documenta: The Exhibitions That Created Contemporary Art | NGV International

biennials triennials

Two main questions overlap in this lecture. What is the impact of biennials on contemporary art? And how have biennials changed in the course of the appearance of contemporary art? We will sum up the issues that we see played out in different biennials between 1955 to now. We will work through a typology of biennial formats, noting that each appears in turn as an answer to a set of problems and contingencies, whether these are artistic, political, or economic, but always in relation to globalisation (a process that we carefully distinguish from globalism, as the desire to be recognisably…

Writing and Concepts | Lecture 15 Callum Morton| RMIT Design Hub

Callum Morton, The Other Side, 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view of the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) at Cockatoo Island. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Juliana Engberg and Kay Campbell, and with assistance from Monash Art Design & Architecture. Photograph: James Horan/Destination NSW. Via https://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/19bos/artists/morton/

Callum Morton …explores the potential of writing, as both a process and an outcome, in his practice. CALLUM MORTON was born in 1965 in Montreal, Canada. He completed a BFA at Victoria College, Prahran in 1988 and an MFA in Sculpture at RMIT, Melbourne in 1999. He is currently Professor of Fine Art at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) Melbourne. Morton’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally for over 25 years. In 2007 he was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In 2008 he completed the work Hotel on the…

Let’s Talk Contemporary Art Organisations | NAVA Event at The Gunnery

Poster for lets talk contemporary art organisations event

This is your chance to join the Directors of Contemporary Art Organisations (CAO) from across Australia in a conversation that is focused on how we should value the small to medium sector. This sector makes a significant contribution to expanding artists careers, engaging audiences and developing new works. This is something that should not be overlooked. Let’s Talk will be facilitated by Blair French, Director, Curatorial & Digital, MCA Australia | Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director, Artspace and Chair, CAO | Dr. Lizzie Muller, Director, UNSWAD Art & Design Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership Program | Brianna Munting, Deputy Director, NAVA…

Exhibition | Limits to Growth – Nicholas Mangan | MUMA

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Exhibtion Dates: 20 July – 17 September 2016 Opening celebration: Wed 20 July, 6pm. With remarks by Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with…

Lectures | Contesting Marginality: Three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Carla Macchiavello

Video still Francisca Benitez, Décimas Telúricas, 2010.

Discipline and Ensayos, along with Gertrude Contemporary, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Alderman, are pleased to present three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Chilean art historian, Carla Macchiavello. The lectures will take place at three different venues in Melbourne between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 July. All are free to attend. Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 6:00 for 6:30pm The Alderman, Melbourne (upstairs) Convened by Rex Butler ‘Rough edges or Extremadura: a brief panorama of Chilean art, from centres to margins’ Since the 1970s, Chilean art has been haunted by a concern with borders and…

Exhibitions | Lucina Lane – Yona Lee – Economy – Sofi Basseghi | West Space

Lucina Lane, Untitled (Snake), Acrylic on canvas, 2016, image credit: Christo Crocker.

New exhibitions opening tonight (Thursday 17th) at West Space. Exhibition Dates 18th March – 16th April 2016. loosen the earth Lucina Lane Working within the expanded concept of painting and its material structure, Lucina Lane’s new body of work beckons the audience to experience the painting as an object, putting pressure on the frame of the work and its edges. Employing both slight and unruly painterly gestures upon unstretched canvas, Lane teases out how a painting can behave when it is no longer beholden to the pictorial frame. Artist bio here: http://westspace.org.au/event/loosen-the-earth/   Line on display | Yona Lee Using the architectural features of the Front…

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…

Exhibition | MYTHO-POETIC – Glen Skien | Deakin University Art Gallery

Glen Skien, Archive of the Unfamiliar, 2013, altered postcards, thread, ink, encaustic, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Dates: 25 February – 31st March A new exhibition of artist books, collages, and etching by Queensland artist Glen Skien has recently opened at Deakin University Art Gallery. Open until 31 March, MYTHO-POETIC interrogates the human condition with assemblages and installations that bring to life social histories and vexing questions of Australian identity, place, and myth. Dr Jess Berry, Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, explained that Skien is highly respected in the national printmaking community and the delicacy and sensitivity of his images spark immediate affinity. She observes that, ‘As with atlas cartographers, Skien’s images of the past are fleeting,…

Exhibition | Judy Watson – the scarifier | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Judy Watson mt riddell 2016, pencil and acrylic on canvas, 240 x 148 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Exhibition Dates: 12 March – 31 July 2016 Indigenous artist Judy Watson’s installation, the scarifier, at TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley, responds to the history of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station near Healesville (1863-1924), which was located not far from where the exhibition is being held. Exhibition curator and TarraWarra Museum of Art Director Victoria Lynn said the Museum commissioned Judy Watson to create the installation to coincide with itsPanorama exhibition, which presents a suite of landscape paintings from the Museum’s collection. ‘In this context it was important to provide audiences with a self-reflexive understanding of the Museum’s location…

Artist Talk | Lee Mingwei | NGV International

Photo of Lee Mingwei

Born in Taiwan and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations that explore trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. His open-ended scenarios and one-on-one interactive works invite audiences to play a role and use everyday interactions, like eating, sleeping and walking in powerful ways. In a lunchtime lecture, Lee Mingwei shares insights into his work. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art. Lee Mingwei | Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where…

Exhibitions | SOFT REALITY, Siying Zhou, Shaun-Joel Liew| Kings ARI

Soft Reality Poster

Exhibition Dates: February 6th – 27th 2016 SOFT REALITY Performance and Choreography: Chloe Chignell Dancers: Amanda Betlehem, Ellen Davies, Alice Heyward, Louella May Hogan, Ben Hurley, Rebecca Jensen, Leah Landau, Chad McLachlan, Megan Payne, Jacqueline Trapp and Timothy Walsh. SOFT REALITY is a performance landscape of vague images and porous bodies. It looks toward multiplicity and simulation as modes of producing relationships. Construction and habitation are two actions that lead the performance work, building environments, identities and things – a network of weak gestures, connecting and forming. In Soft Reality time does not pass instead it rushes ahead, leaving us only…

Exhibition | Francis Upritchard Jealous Saboteurs | MUMA

Francis Upritchard, Blue and Green Scarf 2012, modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth, human hair. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London.

Exhibition Dates: 13 February – 16 April 2016  Opening celebration: Saturday 13 February, 2-5pm (including a conversation, 2-3pm, see below) Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day. Spanning almost twenty years of work, MUMA is excited to present the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly…