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Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors
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Currently on show at the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), ‘Murruwaygu: following in the footsteps of our ancestors’ traces the traditional line work of Aboriginal men from south–east Australia throughout the generations. Curated by indigenous artist Jonathan Jones, the show represents the fruit of over a decade of original...

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Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition
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‘We want our art to bring out the bigot from inside the liberal and conversely to bring out the liberal from inside the bigot’ proclaims words on a white wall in Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). This silent declaration reverberates from mouths of Gilbert and George, the acclaimed UK art duo who are currently...

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8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
Chloe Mandryk

The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8) continues its daring and sometimes diplomatic role of encouraging curiosity between neighbouring cultures through sophisticated encounters with art. This year’s iteration marks the largest geographic footprint in the exhibition’s history, with eighty-three artists from...

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The New MAMA
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After two years of major redevelopment, the new Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) opened in October as one of the state's largest exhibition spaces. The new Museum has colonised the old gallery building and the neighbouring Burrows House, doubling the former Albury Regional Gallery’s exhibition area with ten galleries. Moving away...

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Ashraf Fayadh
Chloe Mandryk

On 17 November Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to execution in Saudi Arabia with thirty days to appeal following a re-trial by a new panel. Fayadh is a 35-year-old Palestinian poet and artist who co-curated the exhibition ‘Rhizomaat’ for the 2013 Venice Biennale and he is an influential member of the British-Saudi non-profit arts...

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The new National Gallery Singapore
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The National Gallery Singapore is a new art museum that houses the world’s largest public collection of Southeast Asian modern art. Spanning a total of 64,000 square metres, the Gallery occupies two heritage buildings – the former Supreme Court and City Hall – situated in the heart of the Civic District. These landmarks...

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Frank Stella: A Retrospective
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Occupying the entire fifth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, ‘Frank Stella: A Retrospective’ is the most comprehensive survey of the pioneering American artist to date. The first US retrospective of his oeuvre since 1987, the presentation features over a hundred works, encompassing paintings, drawings, reliefs,...

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Kathman Saves the World
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The ARTAND Foundation is proud to support Kathman Saves the World, a thrilling narrative by 11-year-old author Sangay Linkins that traces the heroic journey of young Kathman – an environmentally conscious cat who saves the world from the melting Himalayas. Linkins’ quirky tale is brought to life by the bold...

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Lurid Beauty
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‘Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes’ at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) charts the Australian history of one of the most radical art movements of the twentieth century. From the Dali-esque dreamscapes of James Gleeson to Claire Lambe's absurd ensemble of disembodied furniture, the exhibition...

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Artists Respond to Paris Tragedy
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In the wake of the tragic events in Paris on Friday 13 November, artists from around the world have been responding with poignant tributes and calls for peace.   While all museums and cultural institutions in Ille-de-France were in lockdown over the weekend as the country entered its first state of emergency since 1961, monuments...

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Collection+: Christian Thompson
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The fifth iteration of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s (SCAF) ‘Collection+’ series showcases the work of one of Australia’s most renowned indigenous artists, Christian Thompson. ‘Collection+’ was conceived as a hybrid project with a cross-pollinating purpose, whereby a curator is invited to...

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PARADI$E BITCH
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Currently on display at White Rabbit is ‘PARADI$E BITCH’, the gallery’s second collection hanging for the year and largest exhibition to-date. Featuring new acquisitions that have never before been shown in Australia, the presentation looks at how contemporary Chinese artists are responding to the vicissitudes of...

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The Inspector of Tides
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‘The Inspector of Tides’ is an expansive new series of cross-disciplinary works by Shaun Gladwell, presented at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney. The title of the exhibition is taken from an eponymous book by the late Michael Dransfield, an Australian poet who experimented with an eclectic and discursive array of stylistic...

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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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Lee Bul
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Cyborgs, fragmented sculptures and failed utopianism come together in ‘Lee Bul,’ the namesake exhibition of works by the eminent Korean artist currently showing at Vancouver Art Gallery. Since rising to prominence in the 1990s as a key player in Seoul’s underground art scene, Lee is now commonly cited as one of the most...

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VALE Judy Cassab 1920–2015
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One of Australia's most acclaimed portrait painters, Judy Cassab, has passed away at the age of ninety-five, leaving behind an enduring imprint on the history of Australian art. The first woman to twice win the Archibald Prize, Cassab defied the gender-driven attitude that painting is a ‘hobby’, helping to validate art as a...

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The Marc Chagall School
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A French school in Tel Aviv has been transformed into an architectural homage to Marc Chagall. Eponymously named after the French-Russian artist, the primary school enlisted local firm Paritzki & Liani Architects to design a new two storey facility, which the architects veiled with perforated aluminum panels recreating...

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Pavilions Without Walls: Australia
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Australia has been selected as the country of focus for Performa 15’s biennial program ‘Pavilions Without Walls’, staged in various locations across New York from 1–22 November. Now in its sixth edition, the Performa Biennial connects international artists with the local New York arts community via a...

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4 Solos
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A quartet of solo exhibitions by four South Sydney-based artists is currently showing at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. Presenting sixty-five new works, ‘4 Solos’ offers a snapshot into the multidisciplinary practices of Paul Williams, Michelle Cawthorn, Marc Etherington and Leahlani Johnson. Curated by Carrie...

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Anatolia. Home of Eternity
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‘Anatolia. Home of Eternity’ is a major exhibition in the 25th edition of the Europalia Arts Festival, a biennial Belgium-based international festival comprising a four-month multidisciplinary program centered on the cultural heritage of one guest country. This year’s iteration, Europalia Turkey, features hundreds of...

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VALE Robert Dickerson 1924–2015
Sasha Grishin

Robert Dickerson is a household name in Australian art, but unlike John Brack, Sidney Nolan or Arthur Boyd, who were his friends and contemporaries, if you say the name Bob Dickerson, no single iconic image floats to mind – a Collins Street, 5 pm; a Ned Kelly or Half-caste bride.  What is iconic about Dickerson is something a...

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Casula Powerhouse Turns 21
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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) is celebrating its twenty-first anniversary with an exhibition of new and existing works by twenty-one Australian contemporary artists. The show opened with a nineties themed birthday party curated by artist David Capra. Fittingly titled ‘21’, the presentation showcases works by...

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The Secret Garden
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An immersive audio-visual installation by Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg is currently on show at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), marking the first time that the artist–partners have been exhibited in the Southern Hemisphere.   Curated by Juliana Engberg & Louise Neri, ‘The Secret...

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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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VALE Andrew Sayers 1957–2015
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The former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Australia, Andrew Sayers, has passed away at aged 58 after after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. Artist, art historian, curator, writer and arts administrator, Sayers was a remarkable figure in the Australian art scene who left an indelible mark on our...

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MPavilion Opens
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MPavilion 2015 – the second of four annual pavilions commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – has opened to the public. Designed by AL_A, the studio of renowned London-based architect Amanda Levete, the experimental modular structure employs cutting-edge composite construction methods to simulate a swaying...

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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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Paper fashion: Harry Gordon's poster dress
ARTAND

In 1968, American graphic artist Harry Gordon designed a series of mod-pop paper ‘poster dresses’. The shift-style dress comprised five designs – ‘Mystic Eye’, ‘Giant Rocket’, ‘Rose’, ‘Pussy Cat’ and ‘Hand’ – and sold for US$2.98. Fabricated from...

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Doris Salcedo Wins Nasher Prize
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Colombian sculptor and installation artist Doris Salcedo has been announced as the inaugural winner of the new Nasher Prize. Created by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the $100,000 international award is presented to a living artist who has had an exceptional impact on the field of sculpture. Salcedo, whose ever-evolving practice...

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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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14th Istanbul Biennial
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The fourteenth Istanbul Biennial presents artworks, objects and performances by over a hundred practitioners, including visual artists, oceanographers and neuroscientists, in a citywide exhibition along the Bosphorus strait. Titled ‘Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms’, this year’s biennial looks at thoughts as...

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The Broad Opens
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A new art museum, The Broad, has officially opened in downtown Los Angeles. Built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to house their collection of postwar and contemporary art, the museum holds some two thousand works by more than two hundred artists, including Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichenstein, Cy Twombly, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara...

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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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Banksy's 'Dismaland'
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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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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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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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Guggenheim Helsinki Winning Design
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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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The New Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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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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Richard Goodwin: Barangaroo Doppelganger
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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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Art & Australia has a new home at the VCA.

This follows the extraordinary gift by previous editor and publisher, Eleonora Triguboff, of the journal and its extensive archive to the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne in December 2015.

Art & Australia will re-launch as a research and publishing body that focuses critically on contemporary art, especially in its theoretical, socio-cultural and geo-political contexts. Su Baker is the new editor-in-chief and Edward Colless will be editor from 2016.

The new website and journal are coming in 2016. Sign up below to stay in touch.

To learn more about the continued publishing activities of Eleonora Triguboff through ARTAND and DOTT Publishing, please visit HERE.