Tag: Exhibitions

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 by local artist Mack Jost and a collection showcasing artistic visions of the Wimmera Mallee region called The pulse of…

Exhibition | Jacqui Stockdale – Drawing the Labyrinth | Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

A new exhibition opening at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery next week. Exhibition Dates: 27 January – 28 February 2016 Jacqui Stockdale’s Drawing the Labyrinth comprises more than one hundred metres of drawings presented in a fold- out concertina sketchbook set out on tables and configured in the form of a labyrinth. This continuous length of drawings reflects the artists’ intimate journey over a twelve month period, variously depicting moments spent travelling across Europe, incorporating a diverse array of portraits such as friends, family members, self-portraits, anonymous people on trains, teenagers in their classrooms, a live band on stage, even a woman giving birth. Making these sketches Stockdale seeks a direct connection with her subject, often drawing people she has spontaneously approached and invited to sit for her. Her mark making is a free and fluid process – embracing chance…

News | Whistler’s Portrait of the artist’s mother to visit the NGV in 2016

The National Gallery of Victoria has announced that James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother, called “Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1.” 1871, will be the focus of an exhibition at the NGV in 2016. The exhibition, Whistler’s Mother, will focus on this important painting by Whistler, which in 1891 became the first work by an American artist to be bought by the French State (it now resides in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris). The painting was not well received when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art in London, but went on to become one of the most popular of its day, though Whistler was often frustrated by the sentimental responses to it. The painting is evocatively described in a recent article by Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker where he writes: The painting represents the peak of Whistler’s radical method of modulating tones of single colors. The paint…

Exhibition | My learned object: collections and curiosities | Ian Potter Museum of Art

Saturday 5 Dec 2015 to Sunday 28 Feb 2016. Guest curator: Dr David Sequeira. My learned object: collections & curiosities draws its content from over 25 of the University of Melbourne’s cultural collections. Rich and varied, the cultural collections form an integral part of the workings of the University.  Primary documents—decorative arts, botanical specimens, zoological specimens, paintings, models, furniture, bones, photographs, books, scientific equipment, ephemera (the list goes on… ) from across all university collections can be largely divided into three main categories, namely the arts, the sciences and the archives. There is considerable overlap amongst these areas andMy learned object is a rare opportunity to explore the possibilities of these intersections. The exhibition’s four main themes—people and personalities, same but different, chromatic variation and mapping Melbourne—connect objects from diverse collections to create unique resonances, removing items from the specificity of…

Exhibition | Katherine Hattam | Deakin University Art Gallery

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 work is included in numerous major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide…

Melbourne Masterclasses: The Life and Legacy of Catherine the Great

The Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne proudly presents a four-part masterclass series in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great. Catherine the Great is the most famous and longest-ruling female monarch of Russia. Her passion for education, the arts and culture heralded the Golden Age of Russia during the Enlightenment era. As a patron of the arts, Catherine amassed a vast art collection over her thirty-four year reign, which ranged from Old Master of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the newest contemporary art of her day. Within a relatively short time Catherine had amassed a collection that rivalled many of the greatest collections in Europe. It was this collection which formed the basis for the State Hermitage Museum, founded in 1764 by Catherine and today…

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

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 Melbourne (1989–1993). Initially small in scale and simple in composition—as much due to economical as aesthetic considerations—her paintings have since…

Exhibitions | Linda Marrinon and Dominik Lang | MUMA

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 her references from both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, presenting a series of archetypes, intermingling soldiers, maids, matrons, ingénues, twins, travellers,…

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

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 in The Conversation UK that addresses the recent ‘Inventing Impressionism’ exhibition at the National Gallery (in London) and the ‘disappearing…

Exhibition and Artist Talk | Gosia Wlodarczak – Found in Translation | Deakin University Art Gallery

The exhibition, Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery is a new site-specific project by Gosia Wlodarczak and is part of her ongoing Instruction Drawing project. It explores the notion that drawing and language are coded modes of communication. One mode of communication is language. Language is a code. When words are the mode of communication, each individual uniquely ‘remakes’, ‘interprets’, ‘translates’, ‘de-codes’ words. Another mode of communication is drawing. Drawing is a language. Like language, drawing is a code.  – Gosia Wlodarczak For the exhibition at Deakin, Wlodarczak has created a series of three site-specific wall drawings, each containing encoded texts ‘written’ from these pictorial alphabets. The first piece will be completed by the artist, the second by Deakin University Art Gallery staff using a manual provided by the artist called INSTRUCTION FOR THE MAKER, and the third piece will be a…

Exhibition | Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood | National Gallery of Victoria

An exhibition, which opens this weekend at the NGV International, will focus on the NGV’s impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. Opening weekend talks On Sunday 12th April there will be two free introductory talks to the new exhibition 2pm Explore the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, their place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists with International Art Curator, Laurie Benson. Speaker Laurie Benson, Curator, International Art 3pm Capturing a sitter’s likeness was not central to the portraits by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Join Emily Wubben, University of Melbourne, as she explores Burne-Jones’ portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes and provides fresh insights into the sitter. Speaker Emily Wubben, Scholar, University of Melbourne Free Entry. Bookings not required. Meet in exhibition space. More details here. About the Exhibition In 1848…

Exhibition | 21st Century Heide – The Collection Since 2000

Exhibition Dates: March 28th, 2015 until 14th June 2015. On March 28, 2015 an exhibition celebrating recent acquisitions of contemporary art will open at Heide Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. 21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000 will use all three galleries, and include works by Gareth Sansom, Rosslynd Piggott and Patricia Piccinini, among others. The artworks demonstrate the generosity of donors and a positive response to Heide’s integration of modernist and contemporary art. Over 1500 artworks have been acquired by Heide since the turn of the century, from a small gem of a painting by Frank Hinder from the 1950s to a monumental installation by contemporary artist Kathy Temin. Some acquisitions have entered the collection in response to recent Heide exhibitions, while others have been inspired by Heide’s history and environment. Many new acquisitions also reflect a renewed contemporary focus at the gallery, such as Siri Hayes’s and…

Exhibitions currently on at MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

Permanent exhibition | MONANISM – Evolving | Curated by David Walsh, Olivier Varenne and Nicole Durling and the MONA team   The permanent collection exhibition continues; however, it keeps changing.   Some of the works currently on display:  Gelitin, Locus Focus (2010); Anselm Kiefer, Sternenfall (1999) and Sternenfall/Shevirath ha Kelim (2007); Christian Boltanski, The Life of C. B. (2010); Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary (1996); Wim Delvoye, Cloaca Professional (2010). Favourites – love/hate: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Room (2006), Brigita Ozolin’s Kryptos (2008-2010) and Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca Professional (2010). THE RED QUEEN | Art that shows why art is made | curated by Olivier Varenne, Nicole Durling and the MONA team Until September 8, 2014 The Red Queen is a character from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass. She’s a sinister mixture of power and futility: even as she doles out…

Lecture | William Blake in the 21st century – Peter Otto | NGV International

William Blake illustration 'Dante running from Three Beasts'

Keynote Lecture: William Blake in the 21st century        This lecture introduces Blake as artist, poet, and prophet by mapping his attempts radically to transform traditional understandings of the book, from the Songs of Innocence (1789) to the Laocoön engraving (c.1815). The interactive, open-ended, multi-media forms he created are a radical response to the modern, commercial culture of Romantic-era London; yet, as I will suggest, these same forms also seem at home in the early 21st century, where they gesture towards ideals often promised but rarely realised in our now digitally connected world. Speaker Prof Peter Otto, The University of Melbourne                                                             Date: Saturday 5th April, 2pm Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level Free. More details here. There will also be two ‘Curator’s Perspective’  floor talks in the exhibition space by Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at 12:30pm and 3:30pm on Saturday 5th April. About the…

Exhibition | Future Memorials at TarraWarra Museum of Art

The exhibition ‘Future Memorials’ is currently showing at the TarraWarra Museum of Art until 9th February. The exhibition has been developed by Sydney-based Wiradjuri-Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones and Melbourne-based non-Aboriginal artist Tom Nicholson in collaboration with senior Wurundjeri Elder Prof. Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy AO. The exhibition stems from the proximity of TWMA to the site of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, which occupied almost 5000 acres along the Yarra River between 1863 and 1924. The exhibition opened in 2013, the 150th anniversary year of the founding or Coranderrk, one of the most significant sites of Koorie history in Victoria. The exhibition was commissioned by TWMA and developed inclose consultation with the Coranderrk’s Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation and other important figures in the Wurdundjeri story from the Yarra Valley area. Tom Nicholson’s Towards a Monument to Batman’s Treaty incorporates thousands of bricks and…