Tag Archive for Contemporary Art

Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline 2015 Lecture #4 | David Raskin – Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Inhuman Photographs

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In asking why responses to Sugimoto’s photographs turn on a dime from awe to scorn, I suggest that these strange works of art manage to escape human desires. My hope is that by moving the conversation away from entrenched dichotomies such aesthetics or anti-aesthetics and toward an analysis of the nature of objects and feelings, I can suggest the ethical and practical consequences of inhuman art. David Raskin is Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Editor-in-Chief of caa.reviews. He is author of Donald Judd (Yale University Press, 2010), and other scholarly publications, including essays on Noriyuki Haraguchi, Ad Reinhardt, Jo Baer, Olle Baertling, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Carl Andre, and…

Boiler Room Lecture | Charles Esche | Artistic freedom and cultural critique in the context of corporatism in the art world

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Monash University Museum of Art [MUMA] and Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA] are pleased to co-present in partnership with the Research Unit in Public Cultures [RUPC] and the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne, a keynote lecture by Charles Esche, Director, the Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands. This lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Charles Esche convened by Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne. For almost two decades, Charles Esche has been a protagonist in reshaping the curatorial landscape. His work as a director of important European institutions, curator of major biennials and both writer and publisher of critical…

Lecture | Gertrude–Discipline Lecture #3 | Timothy Moore

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The third Gertrude Contemporary–Discipline lecture for 2015 will be given by Timothy Moore on Tuesday the 28th of April, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Please N.B. the change of venue to Kalex at 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. ABSTRACT Temporary architecture — that forms a community pavilion or event, a communal working space, artistic intervention, cultural platform or gastronomical destination — has had increased attention in wealthy economies in the twenty-first century. The pop-up project soon pops-down, however its effects are far from temporary. This is the screensaver, where a temporary project acts as a transition slide for a city yet to come. Screensaver architecture can be read cynically as low-cost aesthetic camouflage that may disguise speculative development to follow.…

Exhibition | Brook Andrew – Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts | Ian Potter Museum of Art

IMAGE: Brook Andrew, Tomb of the outcast I, 2015, photographic print. Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

A new exhibition at the Ian Potter Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist Brook Andrew explores an additional understanding of the ANZAC story, in a major new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts challenges popular narratives around the ANZAC legend to reveal and highlight stories hidden over time. The exhibition seeks to give voice to other histories such as Indigenous and immigration that have become silent, and reveals Australia as a place of sanctuary.  It asks questions about what we remember, personally and collectively, and how we commemorate.The exhibition features new sculptural work from Andrew, as well as items selected by Andrew from his own archives and from the University of Melbourne Collections,…

Exhibition | Believe Not Every Spirit, But Try the Spirits | Group exhibition at MUMA

Georgiana Houghton
The Portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ 1862
courtesy of the Victorian Spiritualist Union

Exhibition Dates: 21 April – 27 June 2015 Opening function: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 6-8pm The major group exhibition Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits takes as its departure point the art of forgotten Victorian-era Spiritualist Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884), and features contemporary and historical painting, sculpture, video and photography that both explore and adopt Spiritualist practices and methodologies. Rarely seen outside a Spiritualist context since 1871, Houghton’s 25 abstract watercolours from the Victorian Spiritualist Union collection were produced as part of her Spiritualist practice, which saw Houghton use drawing as a way to channel communication with spiritual entities. The works were brought to Australia for an exhibition in 1910, during a period in which Spiritualism was especially popular.…

Boiler Room Lecture | Matt Mullican | Wheeler Centre

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MUMA, in association with Monash Art, Design and Architecture [MADA], present a keynote lecture by renowned artist Matt Mullican. The lecture will be introduced by Charlotte Day, Director MUMA, and followed by a discussion and Q&A with Lars Bang Larsen, co-curator of Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits. For the last 30 years Matt Mullican has experimented with hypnosis to create work that both examines his subconscious, and functions as a strategy to break from the patterns of everyday life. Mullican’s practice interrogates systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance, and installation. His interest in modified states of awareness led him to work under hypnotically induced psychoses, and it was during his first…

Exhibition | Kate Beynon, Phase Change, and Earth and Sky | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Image: Kate Beynon
Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field  2014 (detail)
watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag
77 x 56 cm
Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

Three new exhibitions have opened at TarraWarra Museum of art. All exhibitions run from March 28th until 8th June 2015. Kate Beynon | An-Li: A Chinese Ghost TaleTALE Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing. The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to…

Exhibition and Talks | The Remote Controlled Terroist Coffin (RCTC) , Project Space RMIT

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Remote-Controlled Terrorist Coffin | Adam Kalkin [USA] in collaboration with Aaron Ray-Crichton [USA], Curated by Grace McQuilten [AUS] The Remote Controlled Terroist Coffin (RCTC) is a magic box that houses the violent potential of design. The RCTC is a model for a full-service terrorist operation, activated from an unspecified location by an unknown operator. It contains both conventional and unconventional weapons to provide a full-range of disruptive options. The RCTC includes a spy drone, surface to air missiles, a large bore mortar cannon, truth gas dispersion unit, attack helicopter squadron, cyber coercion technology and an innovative bio-pestilence feature. Remote Controlled Terrorist Coffin is something between a toy model of a fictional building and a fully functioning DIY air force. Venue: Project Space / Spare Room Opening – Thursday…

New Book and Book Launches | Three Reflections on Contemporary Art History


A new book on contemporary art history will be launched in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over the next two weeks. Melbourne: 12th Feb, 6pm, World Food Books, The Nicholas Building Facebook Page Sydney: Minerva, 4/111 Macleay Street, Potts Point, New South Wales Facebook Page Brisbane: Institute of Modern Art, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Facebook Page Three Reflections on Contemporary Art History is the first in a series of publications edited and published by Discipline that will be available in paperback and eBook editions. This publication focuses Discipline’s interest in contemporary art onto the practice of art history itself, including essays by three of the discipline’s leading practitioners: Ian McLean, Amelia Barikin, and Terry Smith. In their essays, McLean,…

Gosia Wlodarczak performs a drawing | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Gosia Wlodarczak
A Room Without A View 2013
a 17-day drawing performance at the RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
pigment marker on board
dimensions of the room: 340 x 220 x 260(h) cm
Photo: Longin Sarnecki
Courtesy the artist, RMIT Gallery and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

Gosia Wlodarczak will make a performance drawing this weekend (6-8 Feb) on TarraWarra’s iconic window.The drawing will frame the landscape of Long Gully. The work will be called Long Gully, Frost Drawing for TarraWarra. Gosia draws continuously from 11am until 5pm (with an hour lunch break), taking inspiration from her surroundings, both in the gallery and beyond the window. Dates: Friday 6th until Sunday 8th February, 11am-5pm Venue: TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville Website: http://www.twma.com.au/events/drawing-performance/

Exhibition | Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply at MUMA

Yves Klein Eyes
(film still) courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier
Gallery, Sydney

The Curtain Breathed Deeply at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA from 7th February – 2nd April 2015 Opening function: Saturday 7 February 2014, 3-5pm. With opening remarks by Anne Loxley, C3West Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia The Curtain Breathed Deeply is an exhibition of a series of newly commissioned video installations by Sydney artist Justene Williams. In this rich environment of pattern, colour and texture, curtains and screens act as thresholds between the energy of one realm and another. For Williams, the curtain and the exhibition pay tribute to her father, to his life and work, as well as the hospital curtain that marked the final stage of his life when he passed away from mesothelioma. The…

News | A New Museum of Contemporary Art for Melbourne University

A Large House and Garden, 1997
Acrylic on canvas
 Estate of Howard Arkley
213 X 305 cm via http://michaelbuxtoncollection.com.au/the-collection/2

News that Melbourne University has received a $26 million gift of contemporary art from the property developer and art collector Michael Buxton. The collection will be housed in a new purpose-built museum on the VCA Southbank campus. The museum will operate in conjunction with the University’s Ian Potter Museum of Art. Director, Kelly Gellatly said, “The Collection, which has been established with curatorial rigour, will enable the establishment of an extraordinary museum. It will showcase exhibitions that embrace experimentation and explore some of the major concerns of the 21st Century. Through the activities of the Potter’s Academic Programs unit – unique within Australia – the museum will facilitate object-based learning for undergraduate and graduate students from the University’s diverse faculties…

Discussions and Workshops for the opening of Emily Floyd: The Daw at NGV

Emily Floyd, The Dawn (Maquette) 2014, wood, synthetic polymer paint
37.5 x 60.0 x 70.0 cm (overall), Collection of the artist, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Celebrate the opening weekend of Emily Floyd: The Dawn at the National Gallery of Victoria with a series of discussions and hands-on workshops. About the Exhibition | Emily Floyd: The Dawn is a survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne-based artist Emily Floyd. The exhibition will feature works dating from 2001 to 2014 including lesser-known early works, major installations and a newly commissioned children’s project based on Feminist activism from the 1970s and 80s. Floyd works across the mediums of sculpture and printmaking and is known for her installations and public art. From the 21st November 2014 to the 1st March 2015. Events Saturday 22nd November 12.30pm: Play sculptures for the 21st century | Artist Emily Floyd and curator Jane Devery…

Lecture | Museums for Contemporary Art in Central Europe – Dr Katarzyna Jagodzińska | University of Melbourne

Royal Castle in Budapest – seat of the Hungarian National Gallery and first seat of the Ludwig Museum

For countries in Central Europe the revolution in 1989 meant a new freedom in cultural activity and artistic creation, the beginning of transparent principles in financing culture, the end of censorship, as well as unhampered access to international cooperation. It is certainly one of the most symbolic dates in history. A period of transition began, when fully democratic states and societies were built. As an important element of civil societies, culture was also involved in the process of adaptation to the rules of free-market economy. But it does not mean that in institutions collecting and exhibiting art this transformation occurred instantly. An exception in Central Europe was Hungary, where initiatives aimed at creating a museum of contemporary art commenced before…

Gertrude Discipline Lecture | Inside Outside and In Parallel: Speculations from four curators working in the Turkish Context

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Mari Spirito, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Başak Şenova and November Paynter The next Gertrude-Discipline lecture takes the form of a panel: a discussion between four curators whose work concerns the presentation and production of contemporary art from Turkey. Mari Spirito, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Başak Şenova and November Paynter represent a range of voices from within the independent, not-for-profit and museum sectors in Turkey. They will discuss their approaches to curating contemporary Turkish art, highlighting the individual concerns, challenges and circumstances that motivate and inform their curatorial approaches. Following the panel discussion, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practise at Monash University and Editor at-large for The Exhibitionist, Tara McDowell, will facilitate a Q&A with the audience. Inside, Outside & In Parallel: Speculations from four…