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Neverwhere
ARTAND

Celebrating the ‘Year of Australia in Turkey’, ‘Neverwhere’ brings the works of eight contemporary Australian artists to Gaia Gallery in Istanbul. The exhibition dissolves the flimsy borders between real and imagined identities by presenting a range of fictional, authentic and fantastical scenarios. Taking its...

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Banksy's 'Dismaland'
ARTAND

Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism.  So reads the brochure to ‘Dismaland’, the latest exhibition by pseudonymous British...

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Cosmic Love Wonder Lust
ARTAND

Staged across Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Sydney College of the Arts, ‘Cosmic Love Wonder Lust: The Imperial Slacks Project’ brings together contemporary Australian artists from the experimental collective ‘Imperial Slacks’. Established in Sydney at the turn of the century, the Imperial Slacks was an...

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Art + Wealth in Shanghai
Michael Young

It would be hard to imagine a more diverse group of billionaire Chinese contemporary art collectors than Wang Wei, Budi Tek, Dai Zhikang and Qiao Zhibing, all of whom have opened private art museums in the past two years in Shanghai. They are a new breed of entrepreneurial Chinese who can afford to channel extraordinary sums of money...

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Fugitive Structures
ARTAND

The third iteration of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation's (SCAF) temporary pavilion project ‘Fugitive Structures’ has been unveiled. Following on from Andrew Burns’ Crescent House (2013) and the futuristic pavilion Trifolium (2014) by Sydney firm AR-MA, this year’s winning piece is designed by the Tel...

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Aleks Danko: My Fellow Aus-tra-aliens
ARTAND

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is currently surveying the career of Victorian-based artist Aleks Danko. Mapping his output from his earliest exhibitions in the late 1960s through to his recent large-scale installations, ‘My Fellow Aus-tra-aliens’ canvasses the artist’s satirical social critique of...

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David Bowie is
Melbourne

Currently on display at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), ‘David Bowie is’ charts the chameleon career of one of the most illustrious figures in music, film, fashion, performance and pop culture. The show comes exclusively to ACMI from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), where it premiered in...

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Masterpieces from the Hermitage
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Over 500 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great are currently showing exclusively at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The exhibition parallels the 250-year anniversary of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, an institution that embodies the Russian ruler’s unique vision for the...

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Couture/Sculpture: Azzedine Alaïa in the History of Fashion
ARTAND

Home to a vast array of seminal Baroque sculptures and paintings, the Galleria Borghese in Rome is currently staging the works of a different kind of artist, the couturier Azzedine Alaïa. ‘Couture/Sculpture: Azzedine Alaïa in the History of Fashion’ presents sixty-five garments created by the Tunisian-born...

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Hiding in Plain Sight
ARTAND

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Michael Buxton Collection, Bendigo Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by sixteen contemporary Australian artists. ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: A selection of works from the Michael Buxton Collection’ presents a spectrum of artworks dating from 2002 – 2015,...

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Bubble Bath for a Sausage Dog
Tom Melick

On level three of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney is a giant sausage dog called Teena. It is the sculptural centrepiece of David Capra’s multi-sensory installation for this year’s Bella Room Commission, a program that seeks to engage those with specific needs, including physical, intellectual, emotional and...

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Robert MacPherson: The Painter's Reach
ARTAND

Currently on show at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), ‘Robert MacPherson: The Painter’s Reach’ surveys the fifty-year career of one of Australia’s most notable conceptual artists. MacPherson’s practice pushes open the conceptual possibilities of painting and recalibrates the artistic currency...

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Birth of the Cool
ARTAND

Running until 18 September at Samstag Museum, ‘Birth of the Cool’ surveys the artistically vigorous decade between 1963 and 1973 via the work of four Australian painters: David Aspden, Sydney Ball, Michael Johnson and Dick Watkins. The show canvasses the shared artistic ethos of the artists in their application of hard-edge,...

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ARTAND Digital Issue 52.2 Out Now
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ARTAND Australia’s first ever online issue represents our continued engagement with contemporary visual culture. Brimming with essays and interviews, it explores the contemporary significance of museums both at home and abroad, looking at processes of collecting, curating and commissioning. From the playful visual taxonomies...

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Khadim Ali: Transition/Evacuation
ARTAND

ARNDT Singapore is currently hosting its first solo exhibition of works by Sydney-based artist Khadim Ali. The presentation considers the resounding influence of the artist’s Afghani heritage, which filters into Ali’s use of traditional methods such as rug making.   Ali’s personal history conceptually pivots the...

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Nicholas Mangan: Ancient Lights
ARTAND

For his first solo show in the UK, Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan has continued his research into the physical and conceptual power of the sun, looking at the transformative effects it has had on human history. Exhibited at Chrisenhald Gallery in London (in partnership with Artspace, Sydney), ‘Ancient Lights’ sounds a...

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Nick Cave: Here Hear
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Staged at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan, ‘Here Hear’ encompasses a colourful concoction of interactive installations and performances by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave. The exhibition comes at a time when Detroit is ripe for gentrification, a transition that has been both celebrated and viewed with some...

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In Pursuit of Venus [infected]
ARTAND

'In Pursuit of Venus [infected]' by Lisa Reihana is an immersive audio-visual installation currently on view at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki after six years in the making. Reihana has animated Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1804–5 – a twenty-panel wallpaper from the turn of the nineteenth century that conveys a...

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Guggenheim Helsinki Winning Design
ARTAND

Having been selected from a pool of over 1700 entries, French architectural firm Moreau Kusunoki Architectes have won the competition to design the Guggenheim Helsinki building. The four year-old firm’s plan has quickly drawn comparisons to sister sites in New York, Bilbao and Abu Dhabi for its stark points of difference. With...

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time
ARTAND

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, is hosting an exhibition tracing the short but powerful artistic trajectory of African American painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88), marking the first retrospective of the artist in Spain. Basquiat’s neo-expressionist and primitivist style took root in the street culture of New York...

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Abramović Fever
Elli Walsh

‘Write about me as a warrior,’ says Serbian-born, New York-based artist Maria Abramović on the occasion on her first Australian show in seventeen years at Mona. A pioneer of performance art, Abramović has recently shifted her focus from self to other in an attempt to combat a culture mounted on the ever-turning cogs of...

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The New Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
ARTAND

When the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art first opened in Moscow in 2008, it transformed the derelict Bakhmetevsky bus garage into a home for large-scale international exhibitions. Following this tradition of transformation, the museum’s recently-unveiled new permanent building has breathed life into the abandoned site of the...

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Charles Pollock: A Retrospective
ARTAND

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s exhibition ‘Charles Pollock: A Retrospective’ explores the life and work of Jackson Pollock’s brother, Charles Pollock. The eldest of his four brothers, Charles moved from Colorado to New York in 1926 and soon began studying art. In 1930, he convinced his younger brother Jackson...

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The Australian Pavilion at Venice
Anna Waldmann

From a practical and cultural viewpoint, Venice is neither a place for new buildings nor an easy place to build. The Constitution Bridge by Santiago Calatrava and Tadao Ando’s Punta della Dogana museum are the recent exceptions. So, too, is the new Australian Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale designed by Denton Corker...

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Richard Goodwin: Barangaroo Doppelganger
ARTAND

Australian artist Richard Goodwin has begun to walk every day between Sydney’s Walsh Bay and Hyde Park in a year-long performance that retraces the oscillating steps of infamous Sydney ‘trolley man’ Joseph Cindric, who died in 1994 after walking between Walsh Bay and Hyde Park every day of his life. Like art,...

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Juan Muñoz: Double Bind & Around
ARTAND

Milan’s HangarBicocca is currently staging the first solo exhibition in Italy of Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz, curated by Vicente Todolí. A leading proponent of European sculpture in the latter-quarter of the twentieth century, Muñoz made an indelible dent on the international contemporary art world.  ...

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Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Time
ARTAND

‘Wrong Way Time’ by Fiona Hall is the inaugural exhibition in the new Australian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. One of only twenty-nine permanent sites in the historic exhibition gardens, the pavilion is the first twenty-first century structure to be built in the Giardini precinct, and Australia is the only nation that...

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FROM THE ARCHIVES | Okwui Enwezor: A space of encounter
Victoria Lynn

Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor is one of the pre-eminent curators of our time. As artistic director of documenta XI, among other important shows, he has helped shift the parameters of postcolonial artistic discourse. On the eve of his directorship of the 7th Gwangju Biennale in 2008, Enwezor spoke with Victoria Lynn about the relationship...

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Tatiana Trouvé: Desire Lines
ARTAND

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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Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
ARTAND

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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Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
ARTAND

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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