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Takis: Magnetic Fields
ARTAND

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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Mitch Cairns: Finches
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A new series of oil paintings by Sydney-based artist and cartoonist Mitch Cairns is currently on display at The Commercial until 14 March. Taking over the diminutive space of the Sydney gallery, Cairns’ works walk the fine line between the abstract and the representational. Characterised by a reduced palette of blue hues and...

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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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Farnsworth's Republic for Dogs
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As part of the SummerSalt festival, Melbourne artist Anastasia Klose has installed a temporary off-lead dog park outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). ‘Farnsworth's Republic for Dogs’, named after the artist’s own dog Farnsworth, features models of various Melbourne arts buildings, including...

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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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Brett Whiteley Studio celebrates 20 years
ARTAND

Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the Brett Whiteley Studio in Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) has announced the Studio will now come under the ownership of the Gallery. Previously the Studio was owned by the New South Wales Government and managed by the Gallery. Commenting on the significance of the...

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Day for Night
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Running from the 20 to 22 February, ‘Day For Night’ showcases a cross-section of artists and performers taking over Carriageworks in a performative exploration and celebration of queer culture. Now in its second year, the cultural event combines contemporary art with a dance party. Commencing on the Friday, the venue will...

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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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Vale Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrnda 1924 - 2015
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Indigenous Australian artist and traditional Kaiadilt elder Mirdidingkingathi Juwarrnda (Mrs Sally Gabori) has passed away at the age of ninety-one. In 2005 Mrs Gabori first captivated the contemporary art world with bold and kinaesthetic paintings that tell the story of Kaiadilt Dulka (Country). Her ascendency as a contemporary artist...

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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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China Up Close
ARTAND

Running until 15 March 2015, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has paired together a series of talks and films, which explore the changing economic, social and artistic landscape of modern day China. The roundtables commence with ‘Raising the Bamboo Curtain’, a talk that examines recent economic shifts in...

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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
ARTAND

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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Vale Colin Lanceley 1938-2015
ARTAND

Australian artist Colin Lanceley passed away this week at the age of seventy-six.  Born in 1938 in Dunedin, New Zealand, Lanceley moved to Australia in 1940 where he began his artistic career. In 1964 he travelled to Italy on a travelling scholarship before spending more than a decade in London. The artist settled in Australia in...

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Gosia Wlodarczak: Found in Translation
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The art of Polish-born, Melbourne-based artist Gosia Wlodarczak is being staged in the exhibition ‘Found in Translation,’ curated by Victoria Lynn and on show at the TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) until 15 March 2015. To understand Wlodarczak’s exhibition, it is first necessary to look back to 2013, when the artist...

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Donna Green: Clay 2
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Showcasing the art of four contemporary artists working with the medium of clay, ‘CLAY 2’ is currently on show at Utopia Art Sydney until 21 February 2015. As a sequel to the ‘CLAY’ exhibition of 2014, ‘CLAY 2’continues to engage with artists who are creating works in clay that surpass the description...

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James Turrell: A Retrospective
ARTAND

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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Nyapanyapa Yunupingu: Lawarra Maypa
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The multidisciplinary art of Yolngu artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu is being showcased at Sydney's Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, on show until 14 February 2015. Titled ‘Lawarra Maypa’, a Macassan term that translates to ‘pages and pages’, the exhibition features twenty-five works that represent a continuation of the...

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Patricia Piccinini: Like Us
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Newcastle Art Gallery is exhibiting a variety of works from the oeuvre of Patricia Piccinini, on show until 22 February 2015.  Fittingly titled ‘Like Us’, the exhibition transports the viewer to a world that is simultaneously similar to and conspicuously different from our own. Spanning fifteen years of Piccinini's...

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Actions for Tomorrow
ARTAND

The first Australian solo exhibition of contemporary Chinese collective Yangjiang Group is being presented at 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, on show until 7 March 2015. Founded in 2002 in its namesake city far from the mainland Chinese art capitals, Yangjiang Group comprises Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan and Sun Qinglin, as well as various...

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Art Stage Singapore
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Art Stage Singapore returns from 22 – 25 January for its fifth installment as the original and leading art fair in Southeast Asia. Showcasing contemporary art from Southeast Asia and the world, Art Stage is a temporary museum and market platform that facilitates a convergence of ideas surrounding the ever-evolving Asian art...

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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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Emily Floyd: The Dawn
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A survey exhibition of the work of Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd is on show now at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Centre. ‘Emily Floyd: The Dawn’ features a selection of significant works produced by the artist between 2001 and 2014. Floyd is known for her multidisciplinary approach to art making,...

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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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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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Kochi-Muziris Biennale
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The second iteration of India’s first and only contemporary art fair, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, is taking place in Kochi, Kerala, until 29 March 2015. Co-founded by Indian artists Riyas Komu and Bose Krishnamachari, the not-for-profit initiative was launched in 2012 as a platform for international contemporary art in India...

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Bill Culbert
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The distinctive light-based art of New Zealand-born, France-based artist Bill Culbert is being showcased at Sydney’s National Art School in the artist’s largest solo project in Australia to date. Curated by Judith Blackall and presented in association with Sydney Festival, the exhibition spotlights the innovative approach of...

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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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Zhang Huan: Sydney Buddha
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In association with Sydney Festival, Carriageworks is staging the largest installation ever created for Australia by Chinese-born contemporary artist Zhang Huan.  Titled Sydney Buddha, the work comprises two large-scale sculptures of Buddha installed facing each other in a statuary stare-off. Both over five-metres tall, the first...

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Inside There Falls
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The first large-scale installation work by South African-born, London-based composer, performer and visual artist Mira Calix is being premiered at Carriageworks until 17 January 2015. Titled Inside There Falls, the immersive installation straddles the senses, conflating music, voice, imagery and movement. Comprising an interactive,...

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Future Beauty
ARTAND

A new exhibition at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) offers audiences a unique opportunity to see the innovative creations of Japanese fashion designers from across the past three decades. Drawn from the archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute, ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ canvasses the...

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Hito Steyerl: Too Much World
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The first Australian survey of German-based artist, writer, and filmmaker Hito Steyerl is on display at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. One of the most critically acclaimed artists working in the field of video today, Steyerl creates work that interrogates the ever-increasing proliferation of digital technologies and images....

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David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing
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Renowned for his naïve style of fragmented, cartoonish figures conveyed with dark, existential humour, British artist David Shrigley is currently the subject of his first Australian survey at the National Gallery of Victoria. ‘David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing’ features new and recent work including drawings,...

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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
ARTAND

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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Hermitage Museum Celebrates 250 Years
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One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, the State Hermitage in Russia, is celebrating its 250th anniversary with a grand array of festivities. The celebrations have seen the Museum host Russian president Vladimir Putin, open numerous new exhibitions – including a unique show of a Parthenon sculpture that left the...

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Richard Avedon People
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One of the world’s most iconic and influential photographers, Richard Avedon, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne. Encompassing eighty black and white photographs spanning over five decades from 1949 to 2002, ‘Richard Avedon People’ presents a comprehensive overview...

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Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence
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Celebrating the thirtieth birthday of Australia’s most irreverent brand, ‘Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence’ sees the largest collection of Mambo art and memorabilia ever assembled.  Founded in 1984 by Dare Jennings, Mambo has continually bridged the gap between high art and commercial production by injecting art...

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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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The Divine Comedy
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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art is currently hosting the US premiere of ‘The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists,’ the largest exhibition in the museum’s history. Curated by writer and art critic Simon Njami, the monumental travelling exhibition...

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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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Michael Buxton's 26M Art Donation to the University of Melbourne
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Collector and property developer Michael Buxton has pledged to donate his impressive contemporary art collection and establish a purpose built eponymous centre to house it on the University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus. The space will neighbour the Faculty of Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of...

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Art Basel Miami
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Premier international art show Art Basel returns to Miami Beach from 4 – 7 December, showcasing work from more than two hundred of the world's leading contemporary art galleries. Art Basel Miami Beach presents a dynamic programme spanning nine show sectors that offer a diverse collection of works by over four thousand artists....

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In the Flesh
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‘In the Flesh,’ currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), is an exhibition that aims to get under the skin of human existence. Showcasing the works of ten contemporary Australian artists working with figuration, ‘In the Flesh’ is the largest and most demanding exhibition the NPG has assembled....

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Yang Fudong: Filmscapes
ARTAND

The first Australian survey exhibition of China’s pre-eminent moving image artist, Yang Fudong, is on display at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Born in Beijing during the Cultural Revolution, Yang expresses in his work the existential anxieties of a generation caught at the crossroads of old and new cultures,...

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Alex Seton: Last Resort
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A two-part exhibition of carved marble sculptures by Sydney-based artist Alex Seton is being staged across Victoria’s McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park and the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts. The show, entitled ‘Last Resort,’ explores utopian ideals of ‘paradise’ – the title acting as a double...

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Tilda Swinton & Olivier Saillard in 'Cloakroom – Vestiaire obligatoire'
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British actress Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard, the director of Paris' Palais Galliera fashion museum, have teamed up in a unique performance as part of Paris’ Festival d'Automne. ‘Cloakroom – Vestiaire obligatoire’ sees the fifty-four year old actress recalibrate the notion of the cloakroom. A rather...

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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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The Haas Brothers: Cool World
ARTAND

The first American solo exhibition by eponymous Los Angeles based design company The Haas Brothers is on show at R & Company, New York, from 4 November 2014 to 3 January 2015. Adopting its name from the 1992 film directed 
by Ralph Bakshi, ‘The Haas Brothers: Cool World’ includes never-before-seen works and an immersive...

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Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration
Lucy Rees

The largest survey in the Southern Hemisphere of the work of American artist Chuck Close is being hosted by the Museum of Contemporary At, Sydney, as part of the Sydney International Art Series. Lucy Rees speaks with Close about the trajectory of his artistic career and the unique process behind his photo-based portraits. Lucy Rees: Did...

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Chris Ofili: Night and Day
ARTAND

Acclaimed British artist Chris Ofili is the subject of the first 
major solo museum exhibition of his work in the United States at New York’s New Museum from 29 October 2014 - 25 January 2015. Occupying the Museum’s three main galleries, ‘Chris Ofili: Night and Day’ surveys the artist’s career, featuring...

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Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio

The first North American museum presentation of the work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his studio is currently showing at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. Heatherwick has been hailed as a genius, praised by esteemed designer Sir Terence Conran as the 'Leonardo da Vinci of our times.' Most noted for the Seed...

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Australian Artists at the Macquarie Centre
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North Ryde’s Macquarie Centre has unveiled three new works by Australian artists, commissioned to aesthetically enhance the centre and promote it as a unique shopping destination. The artists featured are Sydney-based artist Nike Savvas, Carly Scoufos from Brisbane and Melbourne’s Kate Shaw. Stationed throughout the centre,...

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Fashion Icons
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For the first time in Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia is showcasing some of the most iconic masterpieces from the history of fashion, on display until 15 February 2015. One of the most ambitious exhibitions ever held at the Gallery, ‘Fashion Icons: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs,...

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Monument Park at NewQuay
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The Conder Plaza of NewQuay, Docklands, is getting a facelift. Monumental renovations are in the final stages of completion for a revitalisation of the public space, transforming it from an underwhelming communal area into what is to be named ‘Monument Park.’ Australian contemporary artist Callum Morton, in collaboration with...

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Pop to popism
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After two years in the making, the most comprehensive collection of pop art ever seen in Australia has arrived in Sydney. Part of the Sydney International Art Series, ‘Pop to popism’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales features two hundred works by more than seventy of pop’s greatest artists, many of which have never...

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Really Useful Knowledge
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Interdisciplinary Australian artist Brook Andrew is being featured in the group exhibition ‘Really Useful Knowledge’, taking place at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid from 29 October 2014 to 23 February 2015. The phrase ‘really useful knowledge’ stems from the nineteenth century...

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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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NO/Escape: Bernardi Roig at the Phillips Collection
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Spanish artist Bernardi Roig has tenanted the Phillips Collection, Washington, with lone sculptural figures inhabiting unexpected interior and exterior spaces, on display until 15 February 2015. The exhibition, titled ‘NO/Escape,’ is part of the Phillips Collection’s ongoing ‘Intersections’ series that...

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Whitney Museum of American Art Relocates
ARTAND

New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art has said goodbye to its historic Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue as the institution leaves the Upper East Side for the trendy Meatpacking District downtown. Its new premises – a building designed by architect Renzo Piano – is almost a three-fold increase in...

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Romance Was Born for Kids
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The National Gallery of Victoria’s new children’s gallery has been transformed into a kaleidoscopic interactive space for ‘Express yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids,’ an NGVforKIDS project by Sydney-based fashion designers Romance Was Born. Inspired by the colours of the rainbow, memories of the Australian bush,...

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Morocco’s First Museum of Contemporary Art Opens
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After being under construction for a decade, Morocco’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art opened on 7 October 2014. King Mohammed VI inaugurated the Mohammed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, which is the first major museum built in Morocco since the country gained independence from France in 1956. Located...

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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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Melbourne’s MPavilion opens
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Melbourne’s inaugural MPavilion officially opened to the public on 7 October 2014. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Sean Godsell, the temporary structure is inspired by London's annual Serpentine Gallery pavilion and the dualities of the Australian landscape. The unique pavilion takes its cue from Australia's rural...

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North America’s first Islamic art museum opens in Toronto
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North America’s first purpose-built museum dedicated to Islamic art opened to the public in Toronto, Canada, on 18 September 2014. The Aga Kahn Museum was named for prince Karim Al Husseini, the fourth Aga Khan and forty-ninth hereditary and spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect of Shiia Islam. The museum contains over 1000 artworks...

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Robert Jacks: Order & Variation
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The first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the recently late ‘pioneering figure of Australian abstractionism,’ Robert Jacks, will be on show at the National Gallery of Victoria from 3 October 2014 until 15 February 2015. Titled Robert Jacks: Order & Variation, the exhibition celebrates and remembers the life and...

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Getty Foundation Announces 'Keeping It Modern'
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A new philanthropic grant program will facilitate the conservation of ten iconic buildings that embody the modern aesthetic of twentieth-century design by supporting the production of architectural models. The Getty Foundation initiative, titled ‘Keeping It Modern', reviewed a number of applications and selected the final ten for...

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Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom
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The first major exhibition to survey the practice of contemporary Australian artist Lindy Lee is on show at the University of Queensland Art Museum until 22 February 2015. Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom explores the artist’s three decade-long career, canvassing her philosophical ruminations on spirituality,...

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Your Very Good Idea: Jonathan Jones
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Jonathan Jones has been announced as the artist for Kaldor Public Art Projects’ 45th anniversary project YOUR VERY GOOD IDEA – a temporary installation for the City of Sydney that will be complemented by tours, talks and an education program. Jones is a Sydney-based Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist who is known for interventions...

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Sydney Modern project
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The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) is moving forward with its $400 million Sydney Modern expansion project by appointing a six-member jury to name the architectural practice that will animate the institution’s vision of creating an art museum for the twenty-first century. The jury brings together Kathryn Gustafson, a...

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Jessica Morgan: Burning Down the House
Natalie King

Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, made a lightning visit to Sydney on the occasion of the Kaldor Public Art Projects restaging of Tino Sehgal’s This is so contemporary. In 2012, Morgan curated These Associations, Sehgal’s assembly of participants and choreographed movements in the...

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Review: David Rosetzky: Gaps
Dylan Rainforth

One of the gaps in Gaps, David Rosetzksy’s ambitious new film jointly commissioned by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Carriageworks, is that between action and acting. Over thirty-five minutes, we see a cast of four performers (two male, two female) across two main spaces, a dance rehearsal room and a dark...

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Aspen Art Museum reopens
ARTAND

The new Aspen Art Museum, designed by Japanese architect and Pritzker prizewinner Shigeru Ban, is open to the public from 9 August 2014. Designed to resemble a wooden crate sitting in the centre of town, Ban’s three-story building reveals his love of organic materials, which in this case mirror the surrounding mountainous...

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The world’s largest contemporary African Art museum
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The largest museum dedicated to exhibiting contemporary African art is currently under construction in Cape Town, South Africa, with an expected completion date of 2016. Named the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), the $50 million museum will feature art from Africa and its diaspora in a colonial-era structure of...

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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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Column: Galleries of longing: the rise of storefront art
Laura Bannister

Right this minute, the windows of Hermès’s flagship in Sydney’s CBD are awash with foliage, a dense bottle-green canopy of verdure. A few streets away, at Louis Vuitton, 3D dandelions – giant, glistening gossamer balls – spread their seeds against a pale blue gradient backdrop, silk scarves splayed among...

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Tabaimo: MEKURUMEKU
Lucy Rees

‘MEKURUMEKU’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney, presents Japanese artist Tabaimo with six video installations from the early 2000s to the present. During her time in Sydney for the opening, Tabaimo spoke with Lucy Rees about the delicate reality she constructs in her work. Lucy Rees: A lot of Japanese...

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Column: Yayoi Kusama lends her rippling polka dots to Uniqlo
Laura Bannister

Japanese-born artist Yayoi Kusama has launched a capsule collection for Uniqlo in celebration of the retail giant’s recent sponsorship of the Museum of Modern Art. Replete with the uniform t-shirts and tanks the Asian fashion chain has garnered a reputation for, the fifteen-piece range is all monochrome hues and dollops of red,...

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Brazil's Open Air Art Gallery
ARTAND

Founded by mining magnate Bernardo Paz and designed by the late landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx, Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim is a sprawling open-air art gallery set amid 500,000 acres of botanical gardens in southeast Brazil. Populated with sculptures, art pavilions and over 4,000 plant species, the...

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Google's new project to preserve street art
ARTAND

Google has launched a new project focused on preserving street art. With more than five thousand images of artworks from around the world, the Google Cultural Institute's Street Art Project provides a permanent showcase for an often ephemeral practice.  Street art has become a ubiquitous feature of many international cities and this...

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Antony Gormley's £2500-a-night room
ARTAND

British sculptor Anthony Gormley has recently completed his first inhabitable structure – a hotel room inspired by the dark seclusion of a primitive cave. The room is perched like a gargoyle atop the façade of the soon-to-be-opened Beaumont Hotel in London. Composed of grey rectangular boxes, the structure’s...

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– REVIEW / COMMENTARY –
Column: Das Boot
Dylan Rainforth

Smoke plumed ominously from a hatchback badly parked just inside the gates. Not from the engine, mind, but from the back doors. Three DayGlo ravers who had just time travelled from the early 1990s stood in attendance. ‘I’m Vachel, this is Fantasia and Julia, with the German pronunciation,’ their leader told me. Vachel...

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A new world: AES+F & the Dr Dick Quan collection
Lucy Rees

‘AES+F: Last Riot and Other Contemporary Works from the Collection of Dr Dick Quan’ opened at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) on 17 April 2014, and runs until 1 June. Lucy Rees: You showed your collection at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2006 in an exhibition titled ‘HOME GOAL: Diversity in Australian...

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