Tag: NGV Australia

Symposium | The Turbulent Thirties | NGV

In a series of illustrated presentations, curators and historians speak on a chosen artwork from Brave New World: Australia 1930s, concluding with a walk through of the exhibition hosted by co-curators Dr Isobel Crombie and Elena Taylor. SPEAKERS Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Curatorial and Collection Management, NGV on Max Dupain’s Sunbaker (1938) Prof Rachel Fensham, Professor of Dance and Theatre, University of Melbourne on Andre’s Sonia Revid posing against a wall (1934) Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Sydney Living Museums on Grace Cossington Smith’s The Bridge in-curve (1930) Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV on Percy Leason’s Thomas Foster (1934) Elena Taylor, Curator of Art, University of New South Wales on Danila Vassilieff’s Street scene with graffiti (1938) Date: SAT 16 SEP, 10AM–1.30PM Venue: NGV Australia $28 M / $35 A / $32 C, includes exhibition admission More information and bookings via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/the-turbulent-thirties/

Launch | Dancing Sculpture | NGV Australia

DANCING SCULPTURE LAUNCH Date: Friday 11 August , 3pm Venue: Level 3 Foyer, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne FREE ENTRY The Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne invites you to the opening performance of Dancing Sculpture; an experience of modern dance and its transformation of movement and gesture in the twentieth century. Dancing Sculpture Fri 11 Aug: 3pm, Sat 12 Aug: 3pm and Sun 13 Aug: 12pm, 3pm These performances have been programmed as part of Leap Into the Modern – a one day symposium exploring modern dance in Australia from the 1930’s, curated by Professor Rachel Fensham and Dr Jordan Beth Vincent. THE DEMON MACHINE Dance students from the Victorian College of Arts perform choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser’s Demon Machine (1924), a work of modern dance which toured Australia for nearly two decades beginning in 1939. This recreation by Carol Brown follows reconstructions by Shona Dunlop-MacTavish (1980); and Evelyn…

VCA’s ART150 | NGV Floor talks

On 28 May 2017, the Victorian College of the Arts and the National Gallery of Victoria will present a series of floor talks by VCA Art staff, including VCA Director Su Baker, Jon Cattapan, Elizabeth Gower, Stieg Persson, Raafat Ishak, Kate Daw, Lou Hubbard, Bernhard Sachs, Cate Consandine and Jon Campbell, as part of the VCA’s ART150 celebrations in 2017. Artists on Art is at the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne, on 28 May 2017, 1pm–3pm, free admission. See the VCA events listing for more information. As both practising artists and teachers, the speakers will provide new insights and share their thoughts on iconic Australian works of art by National Gallery School and VCA Art alumni that are held in the NGV collection. Artists include Fred Williams, Howard Arkley, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston, John Brack, Noel Counihan, Rosslynd…

Forum | Australian Printmaking Past and Present | NGV Australia

anet DAWSON Montant 1960 colour lithograph 80.2 x 45.8 cm irreg. (image) 90.6 x 63.4 cm (sheet) ed. 10/40 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by the artist under the terms of the National Gallery of Victoria Travelling Scholarship, 1961 810-5 © Janet Dawson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

Saturday 8th October 2pm-4:30pm On the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia, celebrate printmaking by looking at its history and contemporary practice. Revisit the history of the Council, founded in 1966, and hear practitioners and printers discuss contemporary trends. Speakers will include Elizabeth Cross, independent art historian, curator and writer; Michael Kempson, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Printmaking Studies, University of New South Wales and Director, Cicada Press; Trent Walter, Director, Negative Press; John Nixon, artist; Raymond Arnold, printmaker; Sean Smith and Kylie Blackley, The Ownership Project; and, eX de Medici and Ros Atkins, print collaborators. Cost $16 M / $20 A / $18 C Venue Theatre, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square Info and Bookings http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/australian-printmaking-past-present/

Conversation | Jan Senbergs and Patrick McCaughey | NGV Australia

Jan Senbergs with Patrick McCaughey Artist in Conversation One of Australia’s leading artists, Jan Senbergs held his first exhibition in Melbourne in 1960. Acclaimed as a painter, printmaker and draughtsman, Senbergs’s work is characterised by its humanist vision, finely-honed sense of the absurd and the artist’s wide ranging curiosity. Hear from this eminent artist as he reflects on his artistic career with renowned art historian Patrick McCaughey, author of Voyage and Landfall: The Art of Jan Senbergs. The conversation will be followed by a book signing with Jan Senbergs and Patrick McCaughey. Date: Sunday 20 Mar, 2pm Venue: NGV Australia Theatre. Book via the NGV website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/artist-in-conversation-jan-senbergs-with-patrick-mccaughey/

Exhibition Review | Lurid Beauty: Surrealism and its Echoes | Katrina Grant

Lurid Beauty: Surrealism and its Echoes NGV Australia, Federation Square. The exhibition closes on the 31st January 2016. “Surrealism is a word that is applied to those forms of creative art which are evolved, not from the conscious mind, but from the deeper recesses of the subconscious. The theory of Surrealism is based upon a belief that the logical mind, with its prescribed formulas of thought, is incapable of expressing the entire range of human experience and aspiration. To express such a range, the complete mechanism of the human mind must be utilised.” James Gleeson This description by James Gleeson is from his essay published in Art & Australia in 1940 ‘What is Surrealism’, which explained the principals and rationale driving the new movement. It is on display in the first room of the NGV’s current Lurid Beauty exhibition (alongside books,…

Exhibition | Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes | NGV International

Exhibition Dates: 9 Oct 15 – 31 Jan 16 at the National Gallery of Victoria Australia. Opening weekend events include a talk by Peter Ellis, surrealist artist and RMIT Associate Professor, artist Peter Daverington and talks from the Curator’s Collective with NGV curators Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art; Elena Taylor, Curator; Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art; Alisa Bunbury, Curator, Prints and Drawings; and Danielle Whitfield, Curator, Fashion and Textiles. See the website for full details and times – http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/curators-collective/#date0 Surrealism was one of the most influential artistic movements of the 20th century. Noted for their experimental and playful approaches, Surrealist artists sought to challenge artistic conventions, opening their work to unexpected results and to the accidental image. Through techniques such as automatic drawing and collage, artists worked with the aim of liberating the unconscious mind to effect social and political…

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

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 give an introductory tour of The Dawn 1.15pm: Mary Featherston and Emily Floyd discuss the children’s commission and The Dawn…

Floor Talk | Voices of Sue Ford – Ponch Hawkes | NGV Australia

Floor Talk Series: Voices of Sue Ford  Artist or Artworker? How did practitioners see themselves in the 60’s or 70’s Speaker Ponch Hawkes, artist Ponch Hawkes developed her photographic practice in the 1970s, informed by counter-cultural, feminist, documentary and community art contexts. Join her as she discusses artistic life in the 70s and the revolution that redefined artists as workers during this period. Date: Sunday 15th June, 12.30pm Venue: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Level 2, Temporary Exhibitions Free. All Welcome. No bookings required. Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/programs/public-programs/floor-talk-series-voices-of-sue-ford/date-1443 About the Exhibition Sue Ford was a pioneer of Australian photography, and one of the most important practitioners to emerge in the wave of 1970s feminist photographers. This retrospective exhibition celebrates her artistic life and career. It brings together key photographs, digital prints, collages and films created over an almost fifty-year period, as…

Exhibition | Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design | NGV Australia

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design is the first major exhibition dedicated to Australian furniture of the 1940s to the 1970s. This was a period of dynamic social change as Australians embraced a new, cosmopolitan mode of living. The design of the period are characterised by innovative and flexible approach to furniture design. Mid-century furniture design turned its back on the overstuffed and ornate examples of previous decades and, in doing so, revolutionised the contemporary Australian interior.  New methods of furniture design took hold in Australia after World War Two prompted in part by both the availability of new materials and  the shortages of others. New production techniques were developed and the influx of European immigrants who were skilled in the traditions of fine furniture making also changed the industry. Taking their cue from international trends in furniture, local designers adopted…

Floortalks | Melbourne Now – Mark Hilton, Penny Byrne, Nick Braun-Sibling

Floortalks | Melbourne Now – Mark Hilton, Penny Byrne, Nick Braun-Sibling Designer Floor Talk- Nick Braun, Sibling SIBLING is a Melbourne design collective that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, cultural analysis and graphic communication to produce new and unexpected spatial outcomes. SIBLING’s approach insists on intelligent forms developed from a positive, socially engaged agenda. The practice is a network of eight people – Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Jonathan Brener, Jessica Brent, Jane Caught, Qianyi Lim, Timothy Moore and Alan Ting – who are all trained in architecture and work actively across the globe. Additional fields of expertise include landscape architecture, graphic design, cultural studies and commerce. The reading room designed by SIBLING for Melbourne Now occupies an interstitial or ‘in-between’ space at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. This room has been created to allow a moment of…

Exhibition Review | Australian Impressionists in France. Reviewed by Caroline Jordan

Australian Impressionists in France Caroline Jordan The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has offered a number of Impressionist blockbusters over 2012-13: Monet’s Garden, Radiance: the Neo-Impressionists and now Australian Impressionists in France. Given its present ubiquity in our state gallery, it is well to remember that when Impressionism debuted in France in the 1870s and 1880s it was considered to be beyond the pale of official patronage. Impressionism offended by rejecting the mythological, classical or historical subject matter of academic painting, replacing it with such unimportant things as dance halls, picnics, cabbage patches, haystacks, stretches of beach and random scenes of the street. Spurning the studio, the Impressionists ventured outdoors to paint direct from the motif, daubing slashes and spots of pure, bright colour onto white-primed or bare canvases. Impressionist compositions were similarly innovative, drawing on the novel influences of…

Exhibition Opening | just sing what you feel at NGV Australia

Free special event – everyone’s invited! just sing what you feel is an exciting new installation by Melbourne artist Jon Campbell, encouraging people of all ages to contribute to, and play with, contemporary art and music. Drawing inspiration from suburban life, everyday language, and rock ‘n’ roll, Jon Campbell takes motifs from Australian culture and represents them in a colourful, pop art style. His art encourages us to look closely at the world around us and to find meaning and beauty in the everyday.  Come to the exhibition to play, sing, and make art together. The NGV invites everyone to the just sing what you feel opening event at 10am on Saturday 8 December. Meet the artist Jon Campbell and celebrate with cake. Date: 10am–12pm, Saturday 8 December 2012 Venue: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Ground Level More information here…

NGV Australia celebrates 10 years at Federation Square

Free Public Programs all weekend at NGV Australian  25 – 28 October To commemorate Federation Square’s 10th birthday the NGV is inviting everyone celebrate 10 years of artistic creativity at NGV Australia with talks by Australian artists and NGV curators. Enjoy documentaries, guided tours of the NGV Collection and NGV Kids Artcart activities. For full details download the program NGV Australia 10 public programs (pdf).   

NGV Short Course | Fred Williams

NGV Short Course: Fred Williams To coincide with the exhibition Fred WIlliams: Infinite Horizons the NGV has organised a series of taks by local and interstate speakers over three Saturday afternoons in May. ABout the Exhibition Fred Williams pioneered a new vision of the Australian landscape, and became one of the most important Australian artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition highlights Williams’ strength as a painter including important oil paintings and luminous gouaches to reveal his distinctive approach. He sought inspiration from the unique landscapes of places such Upwey in Victoria, Tasmania’s Bass Strait and the arid Pilbara region of Western Australia, drawing on the abstract potential of this vast country. Although Williams is often associated with dry environments, this exhibition also presents his fascination with water – ponds, rivers,waterfalls and seascapes. Also of great interest are the portraits of…