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Naked Art Tours at the NGA
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Running for just two days, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in collaboration with Melbourne-based artist Stuart Ringholt is hosting its first ever naked art tours. Participants will be able to make there way through the James Turrell exhibition that is currently on show, experiencing it unencumbered by garments. Turrell himself...

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Luminous World: Contemporary art from the Westfarmers Collection
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Running until 5 July at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, ‘Luminous World’ showcases a selection of sculpture, painting and photography from the Westfarmers Collection, on public display for the first time.   Bringing together fifty contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand, the exhibition launches a conversation...

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Vale Betty Churcher 1931 – 2015
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Betty Churcher passed away at age eighty-four on Tuesday 31 March 2015. Over her long career as an artist, teacher and administrator, Churcher worked tirelessly to bring art to the public. Her redoubtable passion saw her break through gender barriers, becoming the first female director of the National Gallery of Australia –...

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Unveiled: Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall
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A monumental sculpture of bullets and shell casings by Australian artist Tony Albert has been unveiled in Hyde Park. Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall emblematically recalibrates accepted historical narratives by acknowledging, and commemorating, indigenous soldiers – both known and unknown. The memorial prompts...

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Garments of the Golden Age
Laura Bannister

Two dragons of perfectly equal proportion; their writhing, elongated bodies mirroring those of carnivorous reptiles, forms overlapping with tiny golden scales. Like snakes, but brandishing clever, splayed claws. Like baronial lizards, really; eyes bulging, blood-tinged tongues curled into hook shapes. Behind the twin beasts, filling the...

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Earth and Sky
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TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) is currently hosting the exhibition ‘Earth and Sky’, a selection of bark paintings by two of Australia’s most significant artists – John Mawurndjul and Gulumbu Yunupingu. Curated by Hetti Perkins, ‘Earth and Sky’ offers viewer’s a panoptic view of Australia. As...

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ACO Virtual
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Manly Art Gallery and Museum is letting audiences get up close and personal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) through the world-first digital installation ‘ACO Virtual’. An experiment of sorts, ‘ACO Virtual’ combines cutting edge video and sound technology to create an immersive experience that surrounds...

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Design Shanghai
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It’s a conflux of eastern and western design philosophies at China’s premier interior design event, Design Shanghai, which, this year, will host more than three hundred exhibitors. Spearheading the creative surge of China’s ever–growing design scene, Design Shanghai is a wellspring of international names and...

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Art & Australia Collection 2003–2013
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The ‘Art & Australia Collection 2003–2013’ is currently on view at the Ipswich Art Gallery until 17 May, marking the final leg of our eponymous regional tour. The exhibition charts the development of our annual award and the trajectory of contemporary Australian and New Zealand practices as they broke new...

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MoMA Presents Björk
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After three years in the making, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is currently hosting a retrospective of Icelandic composer, musician, and singer Björk. Conceived of by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, some twelve years ago, the exhibition brings together a chronology of sounds, videos, objects, instruments,...

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David Lynch: Between Two Worlds
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In what is the first exhibition of its kind in Australia, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is hosting a retrospective of David Lynch, looking back at the last half-century of the acclaimed American filmmaker and artist’s career. Featuring two hundred artworks, ‘Between Two Worlds’ stages hitherto the most...

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Saltwater Country
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The Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art (AAMU) in Utrecht, Netherlands, is currently showcasing the work of sixteen artists from Queensland in the travelling exhibition ‘Saltwater Country’. Featuring acclaimed Australian artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Fiona Foley, Michael Cook, Judy Watson and Daniel Boyd, the exhibition...

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2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
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Featuring fifty-one artists from over twenty-five countries, the 2015 Triennial ‘Surround Audience’ is currently showing at the New Museum in New York. Now in its third iteration, the Triennial is conceptually anchored in our immediate present, exploring the modalities of selfhood in an age of ever-growing connectivity....

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Tatiana Trouvé: Desire Lines
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For decades, New York’s Central Park has been fertile ground for artistic intervention. Its ‘out of place’ existence as a pastoral oasis amidst a dense, towering metropolis continues to inspire artists’ imaginations, often resulting in large-scale installations with the help of the the non-profit Public Art...

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Billy Apple®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else
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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is currently exhibiting a retrospective of one of New Zealand’s most important conceptual artists, Billy Apple. Stretching back over half a century, ‘Billy Apple®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else’ features over two hundred artworks that trace the idiosyncratic trajectory...

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Biennale of Moving Images
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The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is currently showcasing eighteen new screen-based works as part of the Biennale of Moving Images (BIM), on show until 6 July 2015.   Commissioned by the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland, and selected by an internationally renowned panel comprising Andrea Bellini, Yann...

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Niki de Saint Phalle
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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is currently hosting the first major retrospective of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle's work in Spain. Considered as the first great feminist artist of the twentieth century, Saint Phalle is widely known for her representations of the female body, eroticism, and contemporary female figures. Known as the...

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Rothschild Collection acquired by MFA Boston
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In what is a coup for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), 186 pieces of the renowned Rothschild Collection have been gifted to the institution. The endowment is of heightened significance when considering history of the objects, which were looted from the family by the Nazis in 1938. Indeed, for a long time the items seemed...

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Shaun Gladwell
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One of Australia’s best-known video artists, Shaun Gladwell, has returned to Sydney for a major project comprising two exhibitions across two Sydney galleries – Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) and UNSW Galleries. At SCAF, visitors will experience The Lacrima Chair, a new site-specific commission that engages the...

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Peter Hennessey: Making it Real
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From 14 March until 12 July, The University of Queensland Art Museum is presenting ‘Peter Hennessey: Making It Real’, the first comprehensive analysis of the artist’s work. Surveying the last ten years of Hennessey’s career, the exhibition will include the Australian sculptor’s most significant works...

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Takis: Magnetic Fields
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The Palais de Tokyo in Paris is currently hosting a survey exhibition of works by renowned Athens-born, Paris-based artist Takis, who will turn ninety years old this year. A major figure in post-war sculpture, Panayotis ‘Takis’ Vassilakis is as much an avant-garde artist as he is an inventor and scientific philosopher....

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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
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Marking the first museum survey of New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley’s fourteen-year career, the Brooklyn Museum is presenting a range of more than sixty paintings and sculptures spanning the artist’s oeuvre. ‘Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic ‘ canvasses Wiley’s ongoing interrogation of gender, race and the...

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Mystic Renegade: The Promise of Return
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Running until 22 March, Christian Thompson’s current exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) brings together an eclectic mix of performative photography, text-based artworks and video performance. ‘Mystic Renegade: The Promise of Return’ launches an investigation into lost and forgotten languages, with...

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Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector
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‘Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector’ is currently on display at the Barbican in central London until 25 May 2015. The exhibition looks at the artist as collector, curator and creator, drawing together the personal and nuanced collections of post-war and contemporary artists. It marks the first significant UK...

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Book Release: Chinese Zodiac
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Art & Australia’s latest book release, Chinese Zodiac, presents a dynamic new series of artworks created by twelve of Australia’s leading contemporary artists imaginatively responding to the Chinese zodiac. With an introduction by Benjamin Law, the book explores the relationship between humans and animals, the East...

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Jamie North: Rock Melt
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Nature will pervade Federation Court at the NGV International from 27 March 2015 in a newly commissioned piece by Sydney-based artist Jamie North. The installation, titled Rock Melt, will take the form of six epic columns intertwined with Melbourne’s native vine pandorea pandorana. Constructed from recycled slag – a...

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Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
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The expanded field of Islamic art is explored in ‘Islamic Art Now’, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) current exhibition of works from contemporary artists with roots in the Middle East. Over the past eight years LACMA has focused on collecting Islamic art, recognising its cultural and artistic currency. As...

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Ragnar Kjartansson
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As part of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival, the work of celebrated Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson will be presented across two galleries, marking the artist’s Australian premiere. The dual exhibition provides a comprehensive insight into the artist’s unique practice, which spans music, film, installation and...

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Justene Williams: The Curtain Breathed Deeply
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On show until 2 April at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is The Curtain Breathed Deeply, a series of newly commissioned video installations by Sydney artist Justene Williams. The exhibition comprises an immersive and cacophonic sequence of installations and performative videos that feature a costumed cast of Williams’...

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Arlo Mountford Australian War Memorial Commission
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The major refurbishment of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra opens this month and features two newly commissioned works by Melbourne-based artist Arlo Mountford. The Memorial holds one of the world’s great collections of material related to WWI, and the redevelopment of the First World War galleries sees the return of...

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David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material
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Surveying the portfolio of one of the most important architects of our time, ‘David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material’ has opened at Haus der Kunst in München, Germany. Raised in Africa, Saudi Arabia and Britain, David Adjaye is known for his heterogeneous and esoteric designs that dissolve barriers and encourage...

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James Turrell: A Retrospective
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The work of leading contemporary light artist James Turrell is being showcased in a retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra. Following three major shows throughout 2013 – at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York –  ‘James...

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Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses
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Andy Warhol’s famous portrait series of ten iconic Jewish figures from his Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century series is on show for the very first time in Australia.  Presented at the Jewish Museum of Australia, ‘Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses’ features screen-prints of influential...

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MASS MoCA to become largest contemporary art museum in USA
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An impressive expansion plan has been unveiled that will make the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) the largest Contemporary Art Museum in the United States. The roughly US$55 million project was announced to expand the museum complex to cover more than 250,000 square feet of gallery space. Geared for...

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Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
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Centuries-old sculptures created by Mbembe master carvers from southeastern Nigeria are currently on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, the figures are among the earliest and most aesthetically unique wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa. When...

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Limitless: Nacho Carbonell
Anna Carnick

Nacho Carbonell sees his objects as potential living organisms – creatures that may, at any moment, come to life and surprise us. The Spanish-born, Eindhoven-based designer draws observers in through character and story-driven work that straddles the natural and imaginary, providing opportunities for interaction and...

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Martha Fiennes: Nativity
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Award-winning film director Martha Fiennes pioneered SLOimage™ – a unique digital technology that enables an image to ‘come alive’ by perpetually self-generating random changes. Conceived by Fiennes and developed with producer Peter Muggleston along with a team of visual effects experts and programmers, SLOimage...

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ARTAND Issue 52.1 Out Now
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In a special expanded format that marks the final print regular issue of ARTAND Australia, the December issue represents our continued engagement with contemporary visual culture. Brimming with essays and interviews, two themes course through the magazine – pop culture and the occult. From the fluorescent iconography of Reko...

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Takahiro Iwasaki: Itsukushima Reflection Model
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The latest work from Japanese sculptor Takahiro Iwasaki will be displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International from 5 December 2014. Renowned for his large-scale miniatures of ancient Japanese buildings and architecture, Iwasaki is recognised as one of the leaders of Japan’s new generation of young...

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Matthew Barney: River of Fundament
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Critically acclaimed American performance artist and sculptor Matthew Barney is presenting his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, on show until 13 April 2015. Featuring rare pieces from MONA owner David Walsh’s extensive antiquities collection and a selection of works currently on display at...

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Carsten Höller
Lucy Rees

Belgian-born artist Carsten Höller recalibrates the experience of contemporary art by playing with conventional binaries, such as the flimsy line that divides art from entertainment. Lucy Rees speaks with Höller about his installation Golden Mirror Carousel, currently on show at the NVG International. Lucy Rees: Drawing on...

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@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
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Internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been invited by the FOR-SITE Foundation to create new site-specific work for Alcatraz Island, located in San Francisco Bay. Ai’s sculpture, sound, and mixed-media installations occupy four locations in the former prison that are usually restricted to the public, but are...

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Phillip Johnson’s Glass House
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The Glass House was once Phillip Johnson’s retreat, and has become one of the American architect’s most iconic buildings. Pioneering the use of industrial materials, the structure is fabricated almost entirely from sheets of glass set around a charcoal steel frame. Initially conceived as a one-room residence, combining...

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