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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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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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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: Future Beauty
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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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Selected Exhibition: 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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Richard Lewer Wins Blake Prize
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Melbourne-based artist Richard Lewer has won the 2014 Blake Prize for his digital video animation depicting the tragic story of a failed suicide pact. Lewer's work, titled Worse luck…I am still here, precipitates the moral and spiritual dilemmas surrounding the concept of euthanasia. Narrated by the artist, the animation comprises...

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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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Selected Exhibition: 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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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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Andrew Rogers
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Melbourne-based land and sculpture artist Andrew Rogers specialises in the monumental. His practice actively redefines the landscape, encompassing landmark environmental works as well as memorials and bronzes. Rogers’ Rhythms of Life project is the largest land art undertaking in the world. Comprising fifty-one large-scale...

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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: Notes to GB
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In an exhibition that honours the legacy of the late Gordon Bennett, who passed away on 3 June 2014, Sutton Gallery presents ‘Notes to GB,’ on show until 13 December 2014. ‘Notes to GB’ draws its title from a posthumous letter Bennett wrote to neoexpressionist and primitivist Jean-Michel Basquiat, in which Bennett...

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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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Duncan Campbell Wins Turner Prize
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Irish artist Duncan Campbell has been named the winner of the 30th Turner Prize. Campbell received the annual £25,000 award – which is presented to a British visual artist under the age of fifty – for his video installation It for Others. The winning work was influenced by the 1953 film by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais...

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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: Yang Fudong: Filmscapes
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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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Selected Exhibition: 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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The Haas Brothers: Cool World
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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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Selected Exhibition: Reko Rennie: Warriors Come Out To Play
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Contemporary Indigenous artist Reko Rennie is showcasing new work at Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The exhibition is the fruit of Asialink’s reciprocal residency program ‘Kerjasama (Collaborate)’ that enabled Rennie to travel to Indonesia to create a new body of work and collaborate with local artists and...

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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: Chris Ofili: Night and Day
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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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Selected Exhibition: Collection+: Pinaree Sanpitak
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Sydney’s Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) is hosting the first Australian solo exhibition of renowned Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak. ‘Collection+: Pinaree Sanpitak’ marks the third iteration of SCAF’s Collection+ series, a project that takes form from the eight hundred works in the...

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Selected Exhibition: Cold Intimacy
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From 15 November to 20 December, Sydney’s Anna Schwartz Gallery will be hosting a group of international artists responding to the emotional limitations and aesthetic potential of the digital image. The exhibition, titled 'Cold Intimacy,' addresses an acutely relevant issue endemic to contemporary times – the culture of...

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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: Light Show
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Currently on display at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is ‘Light Show,’ the first major presentation of international light-based art to be seen in New Zealand. Covering two floors of the Gallery and presenting a range of intangible atmospheric installations, the exhibition offers an immersive and multi-sensory...

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Vale: Bill Wright (1937-2014)
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On Friday 31 October 2014, distinguished Australian artist, curator, gallery director and lecturer Bill Wright AM passed away. Wright was widely recognised for his rich contribution to the visual arts in Australia and internationally. In 1958 Wright completed a Diploma in Painting at the National Art School in Sydney, among fellow...

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Babana Men's Group Fundraiser
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On 11 November 2014, a collection of unique works by over thirty Australian artists will be auctioned in the Babana Men's Group Fundraiser at Carriageworks, Sydney. Babana, meaning ‘brother’ in the Dharuk language, is a brotherhood of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men working to improve the lives of the greater Sydney...

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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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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected Exhibition: 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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Musée Picasso Reopens
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After five years and a costly and controversial renovation, the world’s largest and most comprehensive Picasso collection has re-opened to coincide with the 133rd anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s birth. Originally established in 1985, the Musée Picasso was created as a home for the thousands of works that remained in...

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Sydney Architecture Festival
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Running from 1 – 10 November, the 2014 Sydney Architecture Festival is once again offering unique insights into Sydney’s built environment. This year’s festival theme is ‘Connections - The Making of a Great City,’ and the program includes architecture talks, exhibitions, panel discussions, films,...

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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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Selected Exhibition: Tracey Moffatt: Spirited
ARTAND

Internationally renowned Australian artist Tracey Moffatt is showcasing new work at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, on show until 8 February 2015. ‘Tracey Moffatt: Spirited’ presents the artist's recent body of work, 'Spirit Landscapes,' which was completed after spending twelve years in New York. The show...

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Selected Exhibition: NO/Escape: Bernardi Roig at the Phillips Collection
ARTAND

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
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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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Selected Exhibition: Romance Was Born for Kids
ARTAND

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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Selected exhibition: Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor
ARTAND

American sculptor Robert Gober is currently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. On show from 4 October 2014 to 18 January 2015, ‘Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor’ is the first large-scale survey of the artist’s oeuvre to take place in the United States. Rising...

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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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Selected Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
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The National Gallery of Victoria is being dressed with the fashion of avant-garde couturier Jean Paul Gaultier in the first international exhibition of the renowned designer’s work. Organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the...

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Selected Exhibition: Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier
ARTAND

For the first time in Australia, Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography is hosting an exhibition that elucidates and celebrates the extensive oeuvre of American street photographer Vivian Maier. Maier produced more than 100,000 photographic images during her lifetime, which remained undiscovered until 2007 – two...

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Selected exhibition: Stars and Stripes
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A unique opportunity for regional New South Wales is presented with the travelling exhibition ‘Stars and Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection’. Providing a snapshot into contemporary art in North America, the exhibition includes a range of works from painting to sculpture to multidisciplinary...

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Institute of Modern Art Re-Launches
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The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, has re-launched its venue with an updated premises designed by Berlin-based collaborative agency Studio Miessen. The new site was opened on 11 October by the recently appointed Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh. The collaborative duo joined the IMA as Executive Directors this year...

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Selected Exhibition: @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
ARTAND

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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Yangjiang Group: Actions for Tomorrow
ARTAND

A Kickstarter campaign by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art has been selected for an Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative. The campaign is one of only four non-profit arts projects selected to feature on the first wave of Art Basel’s newly launched Crowdfunding Initiative, which aims to generate international support for visual...

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Selected Exhibition: Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy
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Acclaimed German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer is currently the subject of a major retrospective on show at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 27 September – 14 December 2014. The exhibition is the most significant survey of the artist’s oeuvre ever held in the UK, whilst also unveiling new work created specifically...

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Selected Exhibition: Five Decades at Watters Gallery
ARTAND

The 19th of September marked a monumental anniversary in the life of Watters Gallery, celebrating 50 years of success and a significant contribution to the Sydney art scene since its opening in Darlinghurst in 1964. This anniversary simultaneously concretised the gallery’s title as Australia’s oldest commercial gallery still...

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Selected exhibition: FormLAB 5: Mongolia
ARTAND

On show at the Zanabazar Museum of Fine Art and Gallery 976, Ulaanbatar, Mongolia, 'FormLAB 5: Mongolia' is the most recent exhibition to focus on the collaborative artworks of New York artist Les Joynes. FormLAB was founded in 2007 by artist Les Joynes as a collaborative and nomadic extension of his studio practice and as an observable...

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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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Selected exhibition: Frank Gehry at the Centre Pompidou
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Over 8 October 2014 – 5 January 2015, the Centre Pompidou is to hold the first European retrospective of the work of American–Canadian architect Frank Gehry. In a chronological circuit sectioned thematically, the exhibition traces the trajectory of Gehry’s luminous career. Featuring more than sixty models and nearly 220...

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Selected Exhibition: 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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Selected exhibition: Performance Space presents BURUWAN
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Throughout October and November 2014, Performance Space presents a season of interdisciplinary works at Carriageworks showcasing a spectrum of Australian artists. Titled ‘BURUWAN’ – a Dharug word for ‘island’ – the four-week program comprises five works in a diverse spread of artforms that explore the...

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Luke Willis Thompson wins 2014 Walters Prize
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Luke Willis Thompson has won the prestigious Walters Prize for his participatory installation work inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam, which unfolded over 2012–14. The young Auckland-based artist, born 1988, will receive $50,000 and will be flown to New York to exhibit with Saatchi & Saatchi. With a focus on contemporary work...

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Selected exhibition: Art as a Verb
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Staged at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with Melbourne Festival, ‘Art as a Verb’ is a major thematic exhibition that interrogates the concept of art as action, on show from 3 October to 16 December. Harnessing the energetic history of Fluxus and happenings, the exhibition presents a range of projects...

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Festival des Métiers
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Presented by Hermès and staged at the MCA’s Foundation Hall, ‘Festival des Métiers’ is a five-day free public event that elucidates the inner workings of the Hermès ateliers in Paris. Presented over 2–6 October, the exhibition re-creates the inner workings of the Hermès studios in...

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NGA Contemporary Opens
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The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has announced the opening of a new art space devoted entirely to Australian contemporary art of the twenty-first century, which opens to the public on 26 September 2014. Located on the foreshore of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, on Queen Elizabeth Terrace, NGA Contemporary is an initiative...

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Vale Rod Milgate (1934 - 2014)
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After suffering a long illness, Australian artist Rod Milgate sadly passed away on Friday 19 September 2014. He is survived by his wife, Dinah Milgate, and two sons. Milgate, who was born in the NSW country town of Kyogle and lived on the Central Coast with his wife, is remembered for his unique ability to excel as a painter, poet,...

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Selected exhibition: Masters of Indonesian Portraiture
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'Masters of Modern Indonesian Portraiture' is a show of significant Indonesian art staged at the National Portrait Gallery over 20 September – 15 October 2014, representing the first time works from the National Gallery of Indonesia will be exhibited in Australia. Showcasing thirty-five paintings from eminent Indonesian artists,...

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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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Selected exhibition: Martu Art from the Far Western Desert
ARTAND

On show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 'Martu Art from the Far Western Desert' is the first exhibition to focus on the unique collaborative artworks by the Martu artists – the Aboriginal owners and custodians of a vast area across the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts in Western Australia. For Martu artists,...

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Selected exhibition: The Art of Lucy Culliton
ARTAND

Whether it is the humble chicken, an appealing table setting, an international plein air or an abundant bouquet, contemporary artist Lucy Culliton will render it with warmth and intimacy. An expansive mid-career survey exhibition of Culliton’s work, entitled ‘Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Lucy Culliton’, will be on...

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Selected exhibition: Primavera 2014
ARTAND

Celebrating its twenty-third year, the annual Museum of Contemporary Art’s ‘Primavera’ exhibition will be on show over 22 September – 30 November 2014. Representing Australian artists thirty-five years and under, the exhibition has proved a pivotal point in the careers of those involved, with many artists...

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Selected exhibition: Sara Hughes: Sing a Rainbow
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The walls of Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, are currently radiant with the kaleidoscopic compositions and vibrant hues of Sara Hughes’s latest exhibition ‘Sing a Rainbow’, on show until 11 October 2014. Previously adopting financial and economic growth charts as a primary aesthetic influence, Hughes’s artistic...

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Jessica Morgan named Director of Dia Art Foundation
ARTAND

Former Tate Modern curator Jessica Morgan has been announced as the new Director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York. Morgan, who has been at the Tate for the past twelve years, replaces Philippe Vergne after his sudden departure for LA MOCA earlier this year. The Dia Art Foundation, which turned forty this year, began as an...

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Selected Exhibition: My Generation: Young Chinese Artists
ARTAND

Staged across two venues – the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg – ‘My Generation: Young Chinese Artists’ is the first US exhibition to focus solely on the post-Mao generation of Chinese artists. Curated by contemporary Chinese art expert Barbara Pollack, ‘My Generation’...

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Selected Exhibition: Joshua Yeldham: Surrender
ARTAND

As a highlight of this year’s Manly Arts Festival, Manly Art Gallery and Museum will be staging the survey exhibitionJoshua Yeldham: Surrender. Covering painting, photography, film and sculpture, the show canvasses the distinctive style and cross-disciplinary approach of Sydney artist Joshua Yeldham. The exhibition spotlights...

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Selected Exhibition: Lindy Lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom
ARTAND

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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Selected exhibition: SELFIES
ARTAND

‘SELFIES: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artists’ brings together the unique art of the Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists of Central Australia. Based in Alice Springs, Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists are sustainable, non-for-profit Aboriginal-owned art centres, and Town Camps are housing...

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Selected exhibition: Judith Wright: Desire
ARTAND

An exhibition exploring the multidisciplinary practice of contemporary Brisbane-based artist Judith Wright is on show at QUT Art Museum over 13 September – 23 November 2014. With a practice spanning painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installation, Wright conjures complex dialogues between different media. Her works range from...

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Your Very Good Idea: Jonathan Jones
ARTAND

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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Selected exhibition: Five Centuries of Melancholia
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Five hundred years after celebrated German artist Albrecht Dürer produced his iconic engraving Melencolia I, 1514, the University of Queensland Art Museum is staging an exhibition hinged on this historic work, which runs until 30 November 2014. Curated by Dr Andrea Bubenik and comprising forty-six works drawn from national,...

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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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Selected exhibition: The Secret of the Phaistos Disc
ARTAND

For the fifth time, the DESTE Foundation of Contemporary Art has given an artist the opportunity to transform the old slaughterhouse on the island of Hydra, Greece, into an exhibition of their imagining. Polish sculptor and performance artist Pawel Althamer is this year’s selected artist, whose show ‘The Secret of the...

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Selected exhibition: We Don’t Need a Map
ARTAND

Geographical and cultural divisions between city and desert, and those segregating the individual practices of Indigenous artists, are dissolved in the travelling exhibition ‘We Don’t Need a Map: A Martu Experience of the Western Desert’, currently on show at the McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, Victoria, until...

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Selected exhibition: Siteworks at Bundanon
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Spring has officially sprung and celebrations of Australia’s unique native flora and fauna are to be had amongst the eucalypts at the free annual festival Siteworks, occurring on the weekend of 27 September 2014. The Bundanon Trust has opened its 1,100 hectares of rolling green fields and abundant bushland to house site-specific...

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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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Selected exhibition: Arthur Boyd
ARTAND

A major exhibition spanning over three decades of the artistic output of Australian artist Arthur Boyd is on show at the National Gallery of Australia from 5 September to 9 November. Arthur Boyd: Agony and Ecstasy brings together a collection works covering a wide spread of media and themes, revealing the emotional and creative...

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Rob McHaffie wins the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
ARTAND

Melbourne-based artist Rob McHaffie has won the $30,000 biennial acquisitive 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize for his oil painting Preserve this fruit, 2014. Depicting an elderly gentleman carrying a bowl of fruit while balancing on a cane, McHaffie’s prize-winning piece is indicative of a practice that harnesses a bright and...

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Selected exhibition: LANDSEASKY
ARTAND

‘LANDSEASKY’, on show at Sydney’s National Art School (NAS) Gallery until the 11 October 2014, is the result of a unique collaboration between Media Arts Asia Pacific (MAAP) and the Griffith University Art Gallery. Curated by MAAP director Kim Machan, the exhibition has arrived in Australia after touring Seoul, Korea,...

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Selected exhibition: John Perceval’s angels
ARTAND

Approximately forty ceramic angels have been drawn from major collections across Australia and assembled in the historically significant exhibition ‘Delinquent Angel: John Perceval’s Ceramic Angels’, taking place at the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) over 29 August – 24 November. Widely recognised as the most pivotal...

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Selected exhibition: Dovecot and the Australian Tapestry Workshop
ARTAND

A new cross-national survey exhibition spanning a decade will bring together Scottish and Australian approaches to contemporary tapestry. Dovecot, Edinburgh, and the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, have collaborated to showcase new work from their recent resident weavers, also incorporating pieces from both institutions’...

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Mark Burry and the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
ARTAND

New Zealander Mark Burry is one of the principal architects on the infamous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. He has been working on the construction of Gaudi’s cathedral since 1979 and has played an instrumental role in overseeing the site’s evolution. Using both traditional manual architectural drawing as well as...

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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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2014 destefashioncollection capsule
ARTAND

‘Firma Gypsy Globales’ is a capsule collection curated by Greek artist Maria Papadimitriou for destefashioncollection, set to launch in 2014. Established in 2007 by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens, the destefashioncollection marks a novel approach to contemporary fashion. Each year, the foundation...

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Matthew Barney’s solo debut at MONA
ARTAND

Critically acclaimed American performance artist and sculptor Matthew Barney will have his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart in November 2014. Featuring rare pieces from MONA owner David Walsh’s extensive antiquities collection and a selection of works currently on display at the Haus der Kunst...

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Annette Messager
Lucy Rees

Featuring artworks created over four decades, ‘Annette Messager: Motion/Emotion’ (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, is playful and disturbing in equal measures. Lucy Rees speaks with Messager about making art, the past, and what her works might mean. Lucy Rees: Let’s talk about your interest in the...

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Selected exhibition: Olafur Eliasson: Riverbed
ARTAND

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is staging a solo exhibition by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson until 5 January 2015 that includes a life-sized river running through the gallery. Titled ‘Riverbed,’ the site-specific show engages with the museum’s physical, architectural and institutional identity. The...

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Selected exhibition: ARTAND Australia Collection Show
ARTAND

‘Art and Australia Collection 2003 – 2013’ is a travelling exhibition of a collection of winning works from the ARTAND Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award and is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until September 28, 2014. The exhibition features works created with varied...

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Dinosaur Designs at Karen Woodbury Gallery
ARTAND

As part of Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival in March 2014, Karen Woodbury Gallery hosted an exhibition of works by Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the creative couple behind local design company Dinosaur Designs. The exhibition, titled ‘Olsen Ormandy: The Art of Dinosaur Designs’, incorporated one-off...

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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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Selected exhibition: Treasures of Lima
ARTAND

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy has staged an ambitious new site-specific show curated by Nadim Samman on Isla del Coco, 550 kilometres off the coast of Costa Rica. The project takes as its reference the ‘Treasure of Lima’, a multimillion dollar hoard of gold, silver and jewellery reportedly stolen from Lima,...

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Selected exhibition: Lucio Fontana
ARTAND

A Lucio Fontana retrospective is on view at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris until 24 August 2014. With more than 200 sculptures, paintings, ceramics and installations, this major exhibition reveals the broad scope of Fontana’s practice, which persistently complicates viewers’ relationships with space...

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Selected exhibition: Seung Yul Oh
ARTAND

‘Seung Yul Oh: MOAMOA, A Decade’ is showing at the City Gallery Wellington until 24 August 2014. Featuring video, painting and performance, ‘MOAMOA’ is the first survey exhibition of Seung Yul Oh’s oeuvre, revealing the broad scope of the Korean–New Zealand artist’s multidisciplinary...

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Clark Art Institute reopens in Williamstown
ARTAND

The Clark Art Institute has reopened with a newly renovated space in the pastoral setting of Williamstown in Oswego County, New York. Since enlisting Japanese architect Tadao Ando in 2001 and bringing New York-based architect Annabelle Selldorf on board in 2007, the Clark has built two new Ando buildings and refurbished its two existing...

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Selected exhibition: Dani Marti
ARTAND

Dani Marti explores the reality of portraiture. The contemporary equivalent would be the ‘selfie’, and Carrie Miller, curator of ‘Run, Run, Run’ at ARC ONE, Melbourne, suggests that similar to the vanity and insecurity we associate with self-portraiture Marti’s abstract pieces show that a relationship with...

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Yin Xiuzhen at Dark Mofo
Lucy Rees

During Dark Mofo (2014), a festival driven by the Museum of Old and New Art and presenting new large-scale public art commissions alongside food, music, light and noise, Lucy Rees spoke with Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen about the fourth iteration of her ongoing 'Washing River' project, which takes Hobart's Derwent River as its...

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Selected exhibition: Mooie Indie: Indonesian Art Now
ARTAND

Curated by Matthias Arndt of Berlin’s ARNDT gallery, ‘Mooi Indie, Beautiful Indies: Indonesian Art Now’ is a group exhibition on view at the Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, until 3 October 2014. In it, Jumaldi Alfi, Eko Nugroho, Wedhar Riyadi, Arin Dwihartanto Sunaryo, Tromarama group (est. 2004) and Entang Wiharso...

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Selected exhibition: Gunter Christmann
ARTAND

The first exhibition to survey the fifty-year career of the late Gunter Christmann is on view at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne until 16 November 2014. Curated by Lesley Harding, ‘Gunter Christmann: Now and Then’ charts the evolution of the artist’s practice, which progressed from geometric constructivist...

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Melbourne Art Fair and Spring 1883
ARTAND

In Melbourne this week two art fairs will open, potentially in competition, to sell contemporary work to collectors as well as communicate and showcase diverse bodies of work. With Barry Keldoulis as Director the Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) enters its twenty-fifth year in 2014. The four-day event is known for its market of gallery-led...

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Selected exhibition: Danie Mellor at the Edinburgh International Festival
ARTAND

Danie Mellor has installed large-scale works on paper in his signature palette for ‘Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral’, an exhibition at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, ongoing to 23 November 2014 and supported by Michael Reid Gallery. Mellor marries objects from the National Museum of...

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Tony Albert awarded the 2014 NATSIAA
ARTAND

Two weeks after winning the 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize, Queensland artist Tony Albert has been awarded the $50,000 Telstra Art Award at the 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) in Darwin. Albert’s winning work, We can be heroes, 2013–14, was selected from a field of sixty-five...

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Selected exhibition: Undressed
ARTAND

‘Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion’ is on display at Bendigo Art Gallery over 19 July – 26 October 2014. Organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibition draws from the museum’s extensive collection of historical undergarments. Showcasing over eighty items, ‘Undressed’...

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Metropolitan Museum of Art roof project
ARTAND

At the peak of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden, American artist Dan Graham has created a site-specific installation with reflective properties that mirror the surrounding concrete jungle as well as reflecting the faces and movements of visitors. With curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass between rows of ivy...

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Fondation Vincent van Gogh opens in France
ARTAND

A major new gallery dedicated to the works and legacy of Vincent van Gogh has opened in Arles in the South of France. Van Gogh resided in Arles for fifteen months for one of his most prolific periods, producing around 200 paintings inspired by the colours and landscape of Provence. The Fondation Vincent van Gogh’s collection, which...

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Selected exhibition: Daniel Buren
ARTAND

Prominent French artist Daniel Buren has transformed the fourth level gallery of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art into a giant kaleidoscope for ‘Catch as Catch Can: Works in Situ’. On display until 12 October 2014, the site-specific installation utilises the expansive architecture of the building, transforming its...

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Selected exhibition: Liverpool Biennial 2014
ARTAND

The 8th Liverpool Biennial 2014, ‘A Needle Walks into a Haystack’, is on display throughout the city over 5 July – 26 October. Curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman, the biennial includes a group show at the Old Blind School, and exhibitions of James McNeill Whistler at the Bluecoat, Sharon Lockhart at FACT,...

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The world’s largest contemporary African Art museum
ARTAND

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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Selected exhibition: Making a Classic Modern
ARTAND

‘Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry's Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’ is on view at the museum over 1 July – 1 September 2014. The comprehensive exhibition, which features large-scale 3D models, detailed renderings, photographs and video, offers audiences a rare insight into Frank Gehry’s unique...

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Gerard Havekes: A life in tiles
ARTAND

An eccentric and committed ceramicist, Gerard Havekes (1925–2011) created one of Sydney’s most familiar, albeit frequently overlooked, sculptures: a trio of sandstone figures located in the centre of Hyde Park. Most recently, his work has been installed in the new Hotel Hotel complex in Canberra’s NewActon area, where...

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Selected exhibition: Tim Woodward
ARTAND

‘Standard Candle’, an exhibition of new work by Melbourne-based artist Tim Woodward, is on display at Darren Knight Gallery in Sydney over 19 July – 16 August 2014. Encompassing drawings and a 44-minute movie entitled Warner Brothers (2013), the exhibition examines the spectral qualities of cinema, considering its...

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Selected exhibition: Cornelia Tipuamantumirri
ARTAND

Tiwi artist Cornelia Tipuamantumirri’s third solo exhibition is on display at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne over 22 July – 8 August 2014. Titled ‘Warnarringa – Jarrikalani: Sun – Turtle’, the exhibition showcases the artist’s contemporary take on traditional Tiwi aesthetics. Evincing a strong...

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Phillip Johnson’s Glass House
ARTAND

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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Tony Albert wins the 2014 Basil Sellers Art Prize
ARTAND

From sixteen finalists, Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Tony Albert was announced as the winner of the fourth Basil Sellers Art Prize late last week for his artwork Once upon a time, 2013–14, which examines racism in Australian sport. Presented by the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum, the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art...

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Vale Richard Larter (1929–2014)
ARTAND

Richard Larter, a celebrated Australian artist best known for his pop art, pointillism and work with the human body, has passed away at the age of eighty-five. Born in London in 1929, Larter began his painting career in the late 1940s. Working with themes of the off-beat, juxtaposition and provocation, the artist advocated and abided by...

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Selected exhibition: Big Bambú
ARTAND

Big bambú: 5000 arms to hold you by American artists Doug and Mike Starn is currently on display at Israel Museum’s Billy Rose Art Garden. The most recent iteration in the ‘Big Bambú’ series (2008–), the sprawling artwork represents the first time the duo has produced work without spatial...

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Nike Savvas for Nike, San Francisco
ARTAND

The immersive and optically charged installations of Sydney-based artist Nike Savvas have woven their way to San Francisco. Epic, at the Nike Flagship store, is a visually arresting work in conversation with the site that asserts the Nike mantra ‘Just do it’. According to Savvas, the 8000 solid-glass coloured balls draw...

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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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Archibald Prize Announced
ARTAND

Still going strong in its ninety-third year, one of Australia’s most prestigious art awards, the Archibald Prize, is on again. Sydney artist Fiona Lowry has been announced as this year’s winner with her with portrait of architect Penelope Seidler. Using an airbrush and a refined palette of soft pastels, Lowry – making...

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Selected exhibition: Duro Olowu
ARTAND

London-based fashion designer Duro Olowu has curated a dynamic exhibition encompassing fashion, design and art, on display at New York’s Salon 94 Bowery until 1 August 2014. The show, fittingly titled More Material, features textiles, prints and wearables from sixty emerging and established designers and artists, including Rick...

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Selected exhibition: Dong Gang International Photography Festival
ARTAND

The Dong Gang International Photography Festival, held at the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Korea, is open to the public over 18 July – 21 September 2014. Each year the festival focuses on art produced from a particular country, and this year Australian photographers will take centre stage with twelve artists included in the...

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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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MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2014
ARTAND

It’s all about the experimental this year at MoMA PS1’s seventeenth annual outdoor music and sound festival, Warm Up. Held every Saturday over 28 June – 6 September at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, New York, the festival brings together a range of artists and their mediums, drawing on the visual as well as the...

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Nell at Glastonbury Festival
ARTAND

At last month’s Glastonbury Festival, Sydney-based artist Nell brought heaven to earth with 5 days on earth is 5 days in heaven. Scheduled for ‘6 am daily in Heaven’, the performance saw Nell take on Glastonbury’s intensity with a bell, ringing it 108 times every morning. From her little patch of grass in Shangri...

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Review: Justene Williams
Stella Rosa McDonald

There is nothing slick about Justene Williams’s new commission The curtain breathed deeply, 2014, made with the support of The Catalyst: Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission in partnership with Artspace, Sydney. The all-singing, all-dancing, all-or-nothing installation is a macabre expression of the suburban mundane and the...

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Review: Roy Ananda
Adele Sliuzas

Slicing through the horizontal and vertical axis of Samstag Museum, Roy Ananda’s Slow crawl into infinity, 2014, is at once a monument to object-based art and to pop-culture science-fiction fandom. A sculpture on a massive scale, the work fills the lower floor of the gallery and reaches upwards through the open central void beyond...

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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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Robert Dickerson: Five decades of painting
Lucy Rees

On the eve of the first major survey of Robert Dickerson’s painting practice, Lucy Rees caught up with the artist to discuss the driving force behind his work. The exhibition ‘Robert Dickerson’ will feature at Philip Bacon Galleries in Brisbane over 8 July – 2 August 2014. Lucy Rees: You have shown with Philip...

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Ben Quilty at the Saatchi Gallery
ARTAND

Ben Quilty is the first Australian artist to stage a solo exhibition at the internationally acclaimed Saatchi Gallery in London, an institution that has helped launch the careers of many famed artists, including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Jake & Dinos Chapman. This follows on from Quilty’s win at the inaugural Prudential Eye...

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art + soul series 2 on ABC1
ARTAND

Written and presented by Hetti Perkins, and directed by Steven McGregor, art + soul series 2 is a three-part documentary series on ABC1 that explores the dynamic practices of contemporary Indigenous artists. Using the National Gallery of Australia’s extensive collection as a launching pad, Perkins travels through cities and desert...

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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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MoMA PS1's Rockaway!
ARTAND

‘Rockaway!’, a free public arts festival to celebrate the reopening of Fort Tilden and the ongoing recovery of the Rockaway Peninsula in the wake of ‘Superstorm Sandy’, opened on June 28. Founded by director of MoMA PS1, Klaus Biesenbach, in close collaboration with punk-rocker, Patti Smith, the festival covers a...

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Selected exhibition: Harvest
ARTAND

‘Harvest’, an exhibition that celebrates food in art, is on view at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, from 28 June – 21 September 2014. Featuring over 150 works from the Gallery’s collection, ‘Harvest’ includes an array of still lifes from the seventeenth century to today, contemporary...

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Omar Chowdhury: Ways
Lucy Rees

Australian-Bangladeshi artist Omar Chowdhury’s first solo exhibition ‘Ways’ is currently on at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Based in Sydney and Dhaka, the artist produces large-scale, richly detailed audio-visual installations. Lucy Rees: You have been living in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the past two years...

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Zaha Hadid Building wins design of the year 2014
ARTAND

Iraq-born, Britain-based architect Zaha Hadid has been awarded the 2014 Design Museum Design of the Year Award for her Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The monumental cultural centre, which encompasses a museum, auditorium and multi-purpose hall, was designed together with Patrik Schumacher to create a new kind of civic space...

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Selected exhibition: Terracotta Daughters
ARTAND

'Terracotta Daughters' by New York based French artist Prune Nourry is on view at Flux Laboratory, Zurich until 11 July 2014. In this second iteration following her 'Holy Daughters' project in India, Nourry looks critically at the preference for a male child to be born to families in China. The artist presents an imposing group of...

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Selected exhibition: George Gittoes
ARTAND

George Gittoes ‘I Witness’ is on view at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre until 27 July 2014. Curated by Rod Pattenden, the exhibition presents a chronological journey of Gittoes 40 year career with a body of work that encompasses painting, drawing, and artist diaries from fields of war as well as an installation...

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Pussy Riot to speak at this year's Festival of Dangerous Ideas
ARTAND

Russian punk collective Pussy Riot will be speaking at the 6th The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI), presented in association with St James Ethics Centre. Part of the year-round Ideas at the House program at the Sydney Opera House, this year the theme is based around issues that provoke a questioning of our perspective of the self and...

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Selected exhibition: Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness
ARTAND

‘Arthur Boyd: An Active Witness’ is on view at S.H. Ervin Gallery until 13 July 2014. Curated by Zara Stanhope who worked with Bundanon Trust, Boyd’s paintings, prints, ceramics and other materials have been organised into five themes: Artist as Witness, Self and Society, Madness of War, One World and An Active Eye and...

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Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton sets open date

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open its doors to the public on 27 October 2014. The building, commissioned by Bernard Arnault and designed by American architect Frank Gehry, will become a new location in Paris for contemporary French and international artistic creation. Resembling a cloud of glass, the form is provided by twelve...

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14th Serpentine Pavilion opens
ARTAND

Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, has designed the fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion, open to the public from 26 June – 19 October 2014 in Kensington Gardens, a stone’s throw from its namesake gallery.  Radic has layered GRP (a type of fibreglass) over the organic mould, and then built up a fragile skin that is just...

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Selected exhibition: Gary Heery: Group Show
ARTAND

Sydney-based photographer Gary Heery’s latest series ‘Unearthed' combines the artist’s longstanding love of nature with the portraiture approach he is best known for – having worked in fashion and advertising for the past 30 years. Working with a tree transplant specialist, Heery took monthly visits to Peats Ridge...

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Selected Exhibition: Marina Abramović's 512 Hours
ARTAND

‘Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours’, a durational performance by the self-proclaimed "grandmother of performance art", is on view at the Serpentine Gallery in London until 25 August 2014. As the title suggests, Abramovic will perform in the Gallery for the duration of her exhibition: 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week, using only herself,...

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Selected exhibition: Hot Modernism: Building Modern Queensland 1945–75
ARTAND

‘Hot Modernism: Building Modern Queensland 1945–75’ is on view at the State Library of Queensland from 9 July – 12 October 2014.  The exhibition explores innovations in architecture and design that occurred in mid-century Queensland. Architects, inspired by the Modernist movement, explored new ways of...

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Selected exhibition: Family Matters
ARTAND

‘Family Matters’ is on display the Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix wine estate in Cowaramup near Margaret River from 1 July – 14 September 2014.  The exhibition presents the work of a family of artists living in southwest Western Australia: Sandra Hills, Chris Pease, Ben Pushman and Tracie...

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Selected exhibition: Darren Sylvester: Dreams End with You
ARTAND

‘Darren Sylvester: Dreams End with You’ is on view at Sullivan + Strumpf from 10 June – 5 July 2014. The exhibition expands Sylvester’s multi-disciplinary practice, showcasing painting, photography and sculpture that pose existential questions about the human condition. Five large-format photographs continue his...

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Gabriella Mangano & Silvana Mangano: Of Objects or Sound
Lucy Rees

‘Of Objects or Sound’ at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney consists of new video works documenting object and sound-based performances by Gabriella Mangano & Silvana Mangano created during a residency in New York.  Lucy Rees: What did the residency entail?   Silvana Mangano: The first three months of the residency...

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Column: Damiano Bertoli’s ‘Associates’
Dylan Rainforth

‘I am an idiot,’ said Ettore Sottsass, ‘and I've always said the problem is to eat, drink, sex, sleep, and stay down low, low, low’. The founder of the Italian design group Memphis – quoted here in his wife Barbara Radice’s seminal 1984 book – always did give good manifesto. (1) Or perhaps...

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14 Rooms in Basel
ARTAND

Curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach bring the latest edition of their performance-as-sculpture exhibition to Art Basel this week.   A series of live performance pieces activate 14 purpose-built rooms designed by Herzog & de Meuron exploring the relationship between space, time and the body. The exhibition...

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The Cinemas Project 2014
ARTAND

The Cinemas Project constitutes a program of five major new works produced by Australian artists, running from April to August 2014.  The works cite the spaces of cinema in Regional Victoria, and their histories as centres of civic life, through frequently doubling as town halls, dance halls and skate rinks.   The five artists...

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Selected exhibition: Hereby Make Protest
ARTAND

‘Hereby Make Protest’ is on display at Carriageworks from 17 June – 18 July 2014.  The exhibition includes archival documents, profiling the activities of two early Aboriginal activist groups: the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association (AAPA) and the Aborigines Progressive Association (APA); presented...

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Shaun Gladwell wins Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award
ARTAND

Australian artist Shaun Gladwell has been awarded the $50,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award for 2014, for his Portrait of Meyne Wyatt/Black Digger. The prize celebrates realism in portraiture, and is one of the richest Australian portrait awards.   The work constitutes a diptych portrait of Aboriginal actor Meyne Wyattm...

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Phyllis Lambert wins Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale
ARTAND

Canadian artist Phyllis Lambert has been awarded the Venice Architecture Biennale’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. The eighty-seven-year-old artist was founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. For Lambert, much of the glory comes from being selected by star architect and Director of this year’s...

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Review: Gary Carsley: Sciencefictive
Harriet McAtee

Coincidences and relationships connect like a web in Gary Carsley’s new exhibition ‘Sciencefictive’ (2014) at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. Here, East meets West, exterior meets interior, art meets science, global meets local, and natural meets constructed. Carsley’s immersive work spreads out across...

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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 5000 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 new...

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100 wild oysters laid to rest at MONA
ARTAND

On the 6 June 2014 an ‘Oyster Mausoleum’ was installed on the grassy lawn of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Tasmania. One hundred oysters were entombed in delicate handmade glass bricks crafted by students at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) as the first part of the The River Derwent Heavy Metals...

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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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Selected exhibition: Lygia Clark
ARTAND

‘Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988’ is on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, until 24 August 2014. The retrospective exhibition comprises nearly 300 works, ranging from the late 1940s to the early 1980s, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and the participatory works of her later years. This...

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Vale Gordon Bennett (1955–2014)
ARTAND

For over twenty-five years Gordon Bennett was a critical voice in Australian art. Bennett’s paintings, drawings and installations tackled the persisting and destructive inequalities between Indigenous and white Australia that began with colonisation. Enmeshing the personal and political Bennett appropriated offensive ethnographic...

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Hiroshi Sugimoto's Tea Pavilion opens on Isola San Maggiore
ARTAND

Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto's temporary pavilion Glass Tea House Mondrian opens to the public on 6 June 2014. This is his first architectural project in Venice, designed for the local museum Le Stanze del Vetro on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The pavilion is part of a new initiative by the museum to broaden its...

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Selected exhibition: True Self: David Rosetzky
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‘True Self: David Rosetzky, Selected Works’ is on display at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) over 6 June – 27 July 2014. David Rosetzky is a video artist who works across disciplines, enabled through collaborating with professionals in the fields of theatre, dance, film and sound. ‘True Self’...

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Selected exhibition: Len Lye
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‘Len Lye: Motion Sketch’ is on display at The Drawing Center in New York until 8 June 2014. Curated by Gregory Burke and Tyler Cann, the exhibition centres on Lye’s drawings, which he termed ‘motion sketches’: abstract works attempting to depict subjects’ movements, rather than their appearances....

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Selected exhibition: Paola Pivi
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‘You Started It ... I Finish It’ is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, until 31 August 2014. Featuring eight life-sized fluorescent Alaskan bears that take over the gallery’s foyer, this surreal installation is the brainchild of Italian artist Paola Pivi, who draws inspiration from the time...

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14th Venice Architecture Biennale opens
ARTAND

The hotly anticipated 14th International Architecture Exhibition (the architecture section of the Venice Biennale) opens this week after two years of preparation by Dutch architect-turned-curator Rem Koolhaas. Fittingly titled ‘Fundamentals’, the exhibition is composed of three separate displays unified by the...

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Selected exhibition: Novocastria
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On display at the Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG) until 13 July, ‘Novocastria’ reflects on Newcastle’s colonial history, and its geographical, industrial and social development. Taking its title from the Latin words novo (new) and castrium (fort/castle), the exhibition highlights Newcastle’s standing as one of the...

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Juan Davila

Developing from the Artist Project ‘White Australia’s Ghost’ that featured in Issue 51.3, February 2014, on war, Juan Davila’s Yes, 2013, offers a message of acceptance and hope. ARTIST Juan DavilaTITLE YesDATE 2013EDITION SIZE 30MEDIUM Silkscreen on paperDIMENSIONS 50 x 65 cmPRICE $2200 (incl. GST, excl....

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Selected exhibition: Plumes & Pearlshells
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'Plumes and Pearlshells: Art of the New Guinea Highlands' is on display over 30 May – 10 August 2014 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney. The exhibition showcases a collection of body adornments amassed by Sydney businessman Stanley Gordon Moriarty over 1961–72, which is now held by AGNSW.  These...

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Sarah Lucas: Furniture
Boo Patrick

British artist Sarah Lucas has departed from her usual brand of toilet humour to the world of furniture design; her debut collection introduced in the aptly-named solo exhibition ‘Sarah Lucas: Furniture’, held at the Salone di Mobile, Milan, during early 2014. The collection contrasts with the playful, sexually charged and...

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Pharrell Williams presents debut exhibition at Galerie Perrotin's new space
ARTAND

Pharrell Williams has turned to curating in ‘G I R L’, the inaugural exhibition of Galerie Perrotin’s new Parisian art space ‘Salle de Bal’. Produced in collaboration with art dealer and gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, the exhibition includes forty works by thirty-two artists, ten of which were produced...

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Selected exhibition: Cartoons for Joseph Selleny
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‘Cartoons for Joseph Selleny’ is on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 10 August 2014. Featuring a series of large-scale charcoal drawings displayed alongside accompanying texts, letters, an artist’s book and an epic wall drawing, the exhibition showcases the Melbourne-based artist Tom...

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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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Review: Notes from Art Basel Hong Kong
Mark Hughes

In the first of a two-part article, ARTAND engaged Mark Hughes, of Mark Hughes Art Advisory, to write a wrap up of Art Basel Hong Kong. Art Basel Hong Kong launched on Wednesday 15 May 2014 with a pre-preview VIP brunch that was lively with high-energy anticipation. This is the second year of ‘Basel’ in Hong...

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Review: Richard Mosse: The Enclave
Adam Jasper

Aerochrome film was marketed by Kodak for aerial surveillance throughout the Cold War. It unveils secrets. With aerochrome, normally invisible infrared light shows up as vibrant magenta. Its peculiar capacity is to reveal disturbances in vegetation. Fresh foliage shifts from lush green to hot pink, and attempts at camouflage appear as...

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Review: Stephen Bush: Steenhuffel
Peter Hill

This exhibition, with the wonderful title ‘Steenhuffel’, is a triumph, not just for Stephen Bush the artist, but for the Curator and museum Director, Kelly Gellatly, and for the program itself. It is the fourth in the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s series of Vizard Foundation Contemporary Artist Projects. Importantly, these...

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Magnus Renfrew: Art Basel Hong Kong 2014
Lucy Rees

This year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong has 245 galleries participating across six sectors: Galleries; Insights; for solo or thematic presentations, Discoveries; Encounters for emerging artists, curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Chief Curator Yuko Hasegawa; Magazines; and Film. With precursors in Art Basel and...

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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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