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

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Selected exhibition: SELFIES
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‘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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James Drinkwater wins Brett Whiteley Scholarship 2014
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After three consecutive years of being a finalist, Newcastle artist James Drinkwater has been named the winner of the 2014 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. The lyrical, tactile forms of Drinkwater’s winning work Port de bra were inspired by the classical ballet lessons he began taking a year ago in an attempt to master...

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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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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
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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
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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 deste fashion collection capsule
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‘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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Nakamura Keith Haring Collection Museum
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The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection Museum in Japan’s Yatsugatake Mountains is the home to the only private collection of work by 1980s New York art star Keith Haring. Kazou Nakamura has been collecting Haring’s work since 1987, with the museum completed in 2007 to house his extensive collection. Designed by architect...

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Matthew Barney’s solo debut at MONA
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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
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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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Selected exhibition: Nicholas Folland
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The work of Adelaide-based sculptor and installation artist Nicholas Folland is on view at Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, until 31 August 2014. The solo exhibition ‘Touch and Go’ coincides with this year’s South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival, where Folland is the feature artist. As part of the festival,...

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Aspen Art Museum reopens
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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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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: TarraWarra Biennial 2014
ARTAND

The fourth instalment of the TarraWarra Biennial, ‘Whisper in My Mask’, is on show until 16 November 2014, representing new developments in contemporary Australian art practice through an experimental curative lens. Located at TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley just outside of Melbourne, this year’s biennial...

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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: William Blake
ARTAND

On view at the National Gallery of Victoria over 4 April – 31 August 2014, ‘William Blake’ encompasses watercolours, single prints, reproduction engravings and illustrated books, offering audiences a rare opportunity to experience the gallery’s complete holdings of the artist’s work, which, due to...

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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: Stuart Ringholt
ARTAND

‘Stuart Ringholt: Kraft’ is on view at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane over 9 August – 20 September 2014. Curated by Charlotte Day and Robert Leonard, the exhibition is the first survey show of Melbourne-based artist Stuart Ringholt, whose multidisciplinary practice encompasses gallery tours, anger...

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Art X West short films
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The Art X West film series features five new documentaries by creative teams hailing from Western Australia, and will premiere on 8 August 2014 at 9 a.m. Head of ABC TV Arts Katrina Sedgwick suggests that the project reflects the short-film renaissance that’s happening around the globe. Each 5-minute feature focuses on the practice...

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Selected exhibition: Vertigo
ARTAND

‘Vertigo’, a touring exhibition of Australian art curated by emerging Melbourne-based curator and artist Claire Anne Watson, is open at South Korea’s POSCO Art Museum from 23 July 2014. The show includes works taken from a range of media, including neon signs, de-familiarised objects and video work, many of which play...

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

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Selected exhibition: Making a Classic Modern
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‘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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New public art for the City of Sydney
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The City of Sydney has announced it will spend $9 million on three public art installations for the city centre. The sculpture generating the most hype is a monumental white steel structure rendered in the shape of a cloud that appears to lasso the sky. Designed by acclaimed Japanese artist Junya Ishigami, who describes his style as...

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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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Selected exhibition: Vivienne Binns and Hossein Valamanesh
ARTAND

From 19 July to 7 September 2014, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents a spectrum of works from the oeuvres of two of Australia’s leading contemporary artists: Vivienne Binns and Hossein Valamanesh. Spanning over four decades, the individual practices of both artists are continually shifting as they experiment with material, form...

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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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Dominik Mersch – Patrick Ebensperger Sydney–Berlin gallery swap
ARTAND

Dominik Mersch Gallery in Sydney is pioneering a cross-continental gallery swap with Galerie Patrick Ebensperger in Berlin. The swap will see Dominik Mersch exhibit their Australian artists in Patrick’s new Berlin gallery, while Patrick will showcase his stable of Berlin artists in Sydney. The gallery swap is an innovative...

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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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Jeff Koons takes over the Whitney and Rockerfeller Centre
ARTAND

Holding court as one of America’s most popular post-war artists, it comes as a surprise that Jeff Koons has never had a major retrospective exhibition. His work will be a focal point of the New York summer months with two unique projects. ‘Jeff Koons: A Retrospective’ is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in...

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Jenny Holzer's I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa) features texts by 80 Indigenous authors
ARTAND

Renowned American artist Jenny Holzer is participating in Sydney’s 2014 Art & About program, and her new LED artwork, I STAY (Ngaya ngalawa), 2014, will feature permanently at the 8 Chifley Building on Hunter and Elizabeth Streets in Sydney. The work is located in the building’s atrium, an open, six-storey space...

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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: Prudence Flint: Travel Agent
ARTAND

‘Travel Agent’, an exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Prudence Flint is on view at Australian Galleries, Sydney from 24 June – 13 July 2014. In her body of work, which encompasses small-scale sketches and paintings, Flint examines the daily tasks, domestic rituals and occupations undertaken by women. With their long...

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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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The Gruen Transfer at MONA
Lucy Rees

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has been transformed into a shopping mall. The deceptive makeover includes advertising billboards, a blood donation centre, Starbucks, tourist information office and fully functioning community centre. While MONA’s founder David Walsh hesitated to confirm it early on, the elaborate and...

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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: Noel McKenna
ARTAND

Noel McKenna presents a new series of paintings that take place in his memories of 1959 to 1976. The show ‘Brisbane: My Home’ is on at the Heiser Gallery until 5 July 2014. McKenna’s works recall the street-scapes, trace the inner city maps and document with hindsight his formative years as a 21 year old kicking around...

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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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Two Days, One Night wins Sydney Film Festival award
ARTAND

The Dardenne brothers’ film Two Days, One Night has won the Sydney Film Festival competition. Staring the French beauty Marion Cotillard, the drama charts the struggles of a factory worker who fights to keep her job and avoid retrenchment. Praised by the judging panel, headed by Australian Director Rachel Perkins, for its...

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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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Parliament House at Work: a commission by Anne Zahalka
ARTAND

Anne Zahalka has recently completed a commission for Parliament House in Canberra to mark the 25th anniversary, which was celebrated in 2013. Titled ‘Parliament House at Work’, the exhibition is on display at the Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area, Parliament House, from 5 June – 27 July.   Zahalka’s...

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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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Anselm Franke appointed chief curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale
ARTAND

Berlin-based writer and curator Anselm Franke has been appointed Chief Curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale – China’s longest running biennale, which opens on 22 November 2014. Franke, who is currently Head of Visual Art and Film at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), has said that the...

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Sydney Film Festival opens
ARTAND

The Sydney Film Festival runs over 4–15 June 2014 and is screening an array of thought provoking art and design films. Directed by Catherine Gund, Born to Fly charts the evolution of choreographer Elizabeth Streb’s movement philosophy as she pushes herself and her dancers to become ‘extreme action architects’...

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Ilkari munu manta: Sky and country
Nyurpaya Kaika-Burton

What wheels and soars high in the sky? Old Man Eagle. Gifted with great intelligence, and beautiful sharp eyes with which to observe, he ascends to the skies to look down on his prey, bent over the grasses as they feed. From up there, he will give a cry: ‘kii’. He descends in a flash, wings stiffened, dropping down to the...

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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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Smorgon family donates Warhol and Renoir to the NGV
ARTAND

The Smorgon family has recently made a substantial donation to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henry Moore and Jeffrey Smart. The gift includes Warhol’s serial silkscreen Portrait of Loti, 1981, which depicts the late Loti Smorgon, a generous...

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Selected exhibition: True Self: David Rosetzky
ARTAND

‘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: Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces
ARTAND

'Dorrit Black: Unseen Forces' is showing at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide over 14 June – 7 September 2014. It is the first show in nearly forty years to survey the Adelaide printmaker and painter Dorrit Black (1891–1951). After studying art in London and Paris, she was foundational in bringing cubism to...

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Danh Vo deconstructs the Statue of Liberty
ARTAND

Vietnamese artist Danh Vo has taken over New York's City Hall Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. In a project commissioned by Public Art Fund, the artist has created a replica of the Statue of Liberty, splitting into 250 pieces. Vo crafted the pieces over three years (2011–14), employing the same metalwork technique and material that...

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Selected exhibition: Len Lye
ARTAND

‘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
ARTAND

‘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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Current: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand

With essays by the late Nick Waterlow, Justin Paton and Rachel Kent, among others, and a roundtable discussion involving leading Indigenous Australian curators, Current (2008) is a celebration of the creative spirit within Australia and New Zealand. A 352-page publication, it profiles eighty artists with over 240 pages of...

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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
ARTAND

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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Selected exhibition: Matt Coyle
ARTAND

‘Matt Coyle: Warm Blooded Playthings’ is on display at Anna Pappas Gallery over 4–28 June 2014. Renowned for his inked hyperreal illustrations, the Hobart-based draftsman has recently introduced colour to his works. Each of the works on display were produced over 2013–14, during which time Coyle made his first...

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Selected exhibition: Mirka Mora
ARTAND

Six decades of work by Melbourne-based artist Mirka Mora is presented in the exhibition ‘From the Home of Mirka Mora’, on display at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, until 9 November 2014. The exhibition celebrates Mora’s long association with the museum and its founders, John and Sunday Reed. ‘From the Home...

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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
ARTAND

'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
ARTAND

‘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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Vivid Sydney’s Ideas Program underway
ARTAND

Vivid Sydney’s Ideas Program includes a plethora of public talks with artists and designers. Candy Chang, a New Orleans-based artist and urban designer, presents a keynote session on producing socially engaged art. Musician Antony Hegarty and multimedia artist Lynette Wallworth discuss cross-disciplinary collaboration. Video artist...

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Selected exhibition: Home
ARTAND

‘Home’ is on display at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) and the National Art School (NAS), Sydney, until 2 August 2014. The exhibition features works by two Taiwanese artists – Chien-Chi Chang and Chen Chieh-jen – who explore and challenge our idea of the home. Chang has travelled the...

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Richard Mosse wins Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
ARTAND

Irish-born, New York-based artist Richard Mosse has been awarded the £30,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his multimedia installation The enclave, which was first presented at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Mosse was selected as a finalist for the prize alongside Spanish artist and writer Alberto García-Alix,...

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Selected exhibition: Mid-Century Modern
ARTAND

'Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design' is on display at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia over 30 May – 19 October 2014. The exhibition includes a number of designs produced after the Second World War, when a proliferation of new materials (and lack of others) necessitated invention, and European migrants –...

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Fire damages Glasgow Art School
ARTAND

Over the weekend a fire at the Glasgow School of Art destroyed its iconic library as it swept through the Charles Rennie Macintosh building and endangered the major works of final-year students. While no cause has been confirmed, students suspect an errant projector, which may have sparked or exploded in the building’s...

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Carolyn Christov-Bakagiev appointed Director of 14th Istanbul Biennial
ARTAND

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev has been appointed Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial. A curator and writer based in Rome, Kassel and New York, Christov-Bakargiev was artistic director of dOCUMENTA(13) (2012) and the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008), and was co-curator of the inaugural Turin Triennale in 2005. She is a visiting professor at...

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Selected exhibition: Noah Taylor
ARTAND

‘Noah Taylor: New Works’ is on display at OLSEN IRWIN gallery in Sydney over 4–22 June 2014. The exhibition contains a series of ink drawings that depict isolated figures inhabiting ambiguous environments. Collectively untitled, Taylor's works are left open to interpretation. Taylor, who describes himself as a...

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Last weeks of 'Afghanistan' at AGNSW
ARTAND

The Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition ‘Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul’ closes on 15 June 2014. The exhibition contains more than 230 historic artefacts spanning 2200BCE to 200CE that reveal Afghanistan’s cultural heritage at the heart of the Silk Road, a trade route linking Asian,...

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Kara Walker’s Marvellous Sugar Baby
ARTAND

Kara Walker’s monumental sculpture ‘A Subtlety', otherwise known as the ‘Marvellous Sugar Baby’ has taken over Brooklyn’s historic Domino Sugar Factory.  The 75-foot-long, 4 tonne sugar-coated sculpture depicts an African-American woman, crouching sphinx-like, her genitals visible from between her...

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Outsider Art Fair
ARTAND

The Outsider Art Fair features the work of self-taught and ‘art brut’ practitioners and ran from 8–11 May 2014 at Center 548 in New York. The fair included works from forty-seven private galleries, most of which are based in North America.  Valérie Rousseau, the curator of self-taught art and art brut at the...

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Review: Concrete
Serena Bentley

Part of an ongoing series of thematic and discursive exhibitions at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in Melbourne, ‘Concrete’ questions the material, poetic and symbolic significance of the medium. MUMA’s Senior Curator Geraldine Barlow has selected work by sixteen Australian and international artists that...

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Selected exhibition: Hiromi Tango: Promised
ARTAND

‘Hiromi Tango: Promised’ is on display at Sullivan + Strumpf until 31 May 2014. A Japanese-born, Brisbane-based artist, Hiromi Tango identifies herself as an ‘outsider artist’ within her home country. Her installations are comprised of mismatched and donated materials, wound and woven together to form immersive,...

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Selected exhibition: No Country
ARTAND

'No Country: Contemporary Art for South and South-East Asia’ opens at Singapore’s Centre for Contemporary Art on 10 May 2014. Curated by June Yap, the UBS MAP Curator of South and South-East Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the exhibition was produced in collaboration with UBS. It is the final presentation...

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‘The Art and Australia Collection 2003–2013’ opens at Gippsland Art Gallery
ARTAND

The ‘Art and Australia Collection 2003–2013’ exhibition is on display at Gippsland Art Gallery over 17 May – 13 July 2014. The twenty four works that feature in the exhibition have been acquired through the ARTAND Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award, which selects four emerging artists...

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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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Karla Dickens: Continuing the dialogue
Jeanine Leane

To attempt to categorise Dickens as an artist would be reductionist. Her impressive array of work makes use of many mediums to convey a strong, resilient story of contemporary Aboriginality in Australia. Layering of mediums to represent stages of time and experience is a central feature of her work. Dickens uses fabric, leather, paper,...

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Vale Maria Lassnig (1919–2014)
ARTAND

An Austrian painter best known for her expressive self-portraits, Lassnig was the first female artist to win the Grand Austrian State Prize in 1988 and was awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art in 2005.  Lassnig was born in Kappel am Krappfeld, Sweden, in 1919, and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna during the...

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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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Philip Bacon Galleries celebrates 40 years
ARTAND

Philip Bacon Galleries opened the art year with an exhibition of Australian paintings loaned from private collections – works that have passed through Bacon’s hands before. Titled ‘40 Years 40 Paintings’, it included art from almost every decade since the 1890s and celebrated Bacon’s forty years as an art...

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Selected exhibition: The Haunted Lotus
ARTAND

‘The Haunted Lotus’, a solo exhibition by the Hazara artist Khadim Ali, is on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) in Sydney until 1 June 2014. The exhibition ruminates on the violence faced by people in contemporary Afghanistan. Ali portrays his displaced Hazara people as sympathetic demons, making reference...

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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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Tehching Hsieh
ARTAND editors

Colloquially known as Time clock piece, Tehching Hsieh’s One year performance 1980–1981 is exhibiting at Carriageworks, Sydney, from 29 April until 6 July 2014. The work records Hsieh punching a time clock at the striking of each hour, each day, over the course of a year. During the condensed year of the video, Hsieh’s...

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Selected exhibition: Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
ARTAND

‘Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love’ is exhibiting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until 30 November 2014. The exhibition is a retrospective of the late African–American designer’s work, and includes approximately eighty ensembles, recently gifted to the museum by Kelly’s partner, Bjorn Guil Amelan, and Bill T....

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Art Basel Hong Kong opens with a strong Australian presence
ARTAND

The second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong opens to the public on 15 May 2014. With 245 galleries from thirty-nine countries and territories, half of which are located in the Asia-Pacific region, there is a staggering amount of work from over 2000 represented artists. This year the main Galleries section of the fair includes...

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Review: Hatched: National Graduate Show
Andrew Purvis

Now entering its twenty-third year, the annual ‘Hatched’ exhibition at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) remains the only national survey of Australia’s top art-school graduates. This year’s iteration features one of the strongest selections of work in recent memory: a prismatic swirl of vivid...

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Selected exhibition: Urs Fischer: Last Supper
ARTAND

In 2013, artist Urs Fischer and 1500 volunteers transformed mounds of clay into barely-finished sculptures on-site at Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles. Modelled on ‘professionals, amateurs, friends and strangers’, some sculptures were carefully constructed over hours, while others were thrown together slapdash. The work is...

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Carsten Nicolai’s α (alpha) pulse lights up Hong Kong
ARTAND

An audiovisual public installation, Carston Nicolai’s α (alpha) pulse takes place nightly during Art Basel Hong Kong on the façade of the 490-metre-high International Commerce Centre Building in West Kowloon. The display will feature a pulsating light based on viewer interaction through a custom-designed app. The...

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Nadim Abbas’s art bar opens at Art Basel Hong Kong
ARTAND

Art Basel Hong Kong visitors will be able to visit Hong Kong-based artist Nadim Abbas’s post-apocalyptic, bunker-like art bar during the fair and try the four cocktails he has dreamed up. The idea follows the successful Wun Dun, an art installation that doubled as a cocktail bar by artist Adrian Wong for the 2013 fair. Apocalypse...

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Review: Notes from Frieze
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 Frieze New York. It was a cool and rainy spring morning, and the traffic across town on 125th Street was particularly atrocious, but none of that seemed to matter on entering the large and beautifully designed...

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ARTAND Australia into the future
ARTAND

The digital world has transformed traditional print media and at ARTAND Australia we have embraced this new frontier while respecting our heritage. Welcome to the new platform ARTAND, providing the latest in news, reviews and video with online extras for ARTAND Australia subscribers, including access to the ARTAND Australia Archive of...

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Hermès artists’ residency program
Boo Patrick

In an inspiring collaboration with traditional Hermès artisans, the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès fosters the professional development of French emerging artists. Each year four artists are placed in a specialty Hermès workshop, learning elements of the silk, silver, leather, glass or crystal traditions –...

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Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design 2014 Serpentine Pavilion
ARTAND

Smiljan Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary pavilion outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens. At forty-eight years old, Radic is one of the youngest and least-known architects to be selected for the program. His design will follow Japanese architect...

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2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art closes
ARTAND

The 2014 Adelaide Biennial, Australia’s longest running survey of contemporary Australian art, closes on 11 May 2014. Titled ‘Dark Heart’, the biennial features the work of twenty-eight artists and collectives including some of Australia’s best known contemporary artists – Fiona Hall, Del Kathryn Barton, Ben...

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Collect: The Michael Buxton Collection by Darren Sylvester
May 2014

In the second instalment of the ongoing ‘Collect’ project, bringing contemporary artists together with contemporary collections, ARTAND Australia commissioned artist Darren Sylvester to photograph the Melbourne-based Michael Buxton Collection. Michael Buxton with Howard Arkley, A large house and garden, 1997, by Darren Sylvester

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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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John Baldessari

On the eve of John Baldessari’s Kaldor Public Art Project for the 2011 Sydney Festival, Your name in lights, the artist was commissioned to reinvent the cover of Issue 48.2, Summer 2010. With the theme of sculpture in mind, Baldessari created a photo-collage of a hand grasping a spider. ARTIST John BaldessariTITLE Hand grasping a...

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Mika Utzon Popov
ARTAND

Draftsman, printmaker and sculptor Mika Utzon Popov has creativity in his genes: his grandfather, Jørn Utzon, was the architect of the Sydney Opera House, and his parents are Danish artist–designer Lin Utzon and Australian architect Alexander Popov. Born in Copenhagen in 1971, Utzon Popov moved to Australia in his early...

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Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Lucy Rees

Presenting work from 1994 to today, ‘Storytellers of the Town’ at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, is the first Australian solo exhibition of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, a Thai artist known here for her contribution to the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. The 4A show is curated by Clare Veal and John Clark, and accompanied...

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Selected exhibition: Fugitive Structures
ARTAND

The second iteration of ‘Fugitive Structures’ at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney opened on 21 March 2014. Based on the concept of temporary built structures, this year’s wining piece is designed by the Chippendale-based architectural practice AR-MA. Titled Trifolium, 2014, it uses the...

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So hot right now? Contemporary ceramics and contemporary art
Glenn Barkley

Ceramics, for a long time the forgotten cousin of contemporary art, seems to be going through a re-evaluation. Its presence has been felt in such important events as the last Venice Biennale (2013) where curator Massimiliano Gioni privileged artmaking of an obsessive, humble and genuine kind over the increasingly cynical and...

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Selected exhibition: Genius & Ambition
ARTAND

Until 9 June 2014, close to one hundred works from London’s Royal Academy of Arts (RA) are on display at Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria. With works created during the ‘long nineteenth century’ (over 1768–1914), the exhibition includes sculpture, works on paper, and historic books by artists such as J.M.W. Turner,...

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Selected exhibition: Anne Ferran: Shadow Land
ARTAND

‘Shadow Land’ is a survey exhibition showcasing some of the most significant works from the oeuvre of Sydney-based artist Anne Ferran. Spanning nearly three decades, the featured works include series such as ‘Carnal Knowledge’ (1984), ‘Scenes on the Death of Nature’ (1986) and the artist’s most...

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Selected exhibition: Ai Weiwei: According to What?
ARTAND

From Beijing to Brooklyn, a survey of Ai Weiwei’s work is presented for the first time in North America at the Brooklyn Museum. Featuring over forty works spanning twenty years and filling more than 13,000 square feet of gallery space, ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ showcases the interdisciplinary career of this...

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– CONTEMPORARY ART AWARD –
Liam O’Brien
May 2014

Intentionally ambiguous in both form and function, The glaze, 2013, is littered with visual signifiers, art historical references and red herrings, leaving it open to interpretation. From an artist’s perspective, O’Brien tests whether satisfaction can be gained from wilfully investing in the pursuit of an action that he knows...

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Selected exhibition: NEW14
ARTAND

Each year, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne invites emerging Australian artists to a produce a work for inclusion in their annual ‘NEW’ exhibition, which in 2014 runs over 14 March – 18 May. Seven artists selected by guest curator Kyla McFarlane (Associate Curator at Melbourne’s Centre for...

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Selected exhibition: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945–2014
ARTAND

From Dolce&Gabbana and Missoni to Prada and Versace, Italian fashion houses are a dominant thread in the fabric of fashion history. But while much critical attention has been paid to French fashion in the postwar period, such as the rise of Christian Dior, Italy’s fashion trajectory since 1945 has not been adequately...

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The Nightingale and the Rose *Fourth Edition Available Now!*

The first in a series of Dott Tales, The Nightingale and the Rose (2012) presents artworks by Del Kathryn Barton inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic fairytale. Barton’s twenty new paintings and drawings celebrate the wild energy and transformative power of love. In luscious colour, these artworks dramatically illustrate...

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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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Our Story Begins: Prudence Flint and Elizabeth Campbell / Jenny Watson and Ken Bolton
May 2014

Presented by ARTAND Australia and The Red Room Company, and pairing artists and poets to create new work in dialogue, ‘Our Story Begins’ sees Issue 51.4, May 2014, populated with the words and works of artists Prudence Flint and Jenny Watson, and poets Elizabeth Campbell and Ken Bolton. Prudence Flint, Toothbrush, 2013; oil...

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Isaac Julien: Playtime
Lucy Rees

Part documentary and part fiction, Isaac Julien’s Playtime, 2013, is set across Reykjavik, Dubai and London – three cities, defined by their role in relation to capital – and follows six main protagonists – the artist, hedge fund manager, auctioneer, housekeeper, art dealer and reporter. Lucy Rees: You’ve...

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Platform: David Attwood, Thea Costantino, Jacqueline Ball, Teelah George
Jasmin Stephens

Perth is a city in which artists, apologetically, are more likely to have been to Berlin and the Venice Biennale than to Brisbane and Canberra. From the beginning of their careers, many are active in Perth’s artist-run (ARI) scene, while at the same time applying to exhibition spaces in Melbourne and beyond. If the term...

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Selected exhibition: Carol Jerrems
ARTAND

‘Carol Jerrems: Photographic Artist’ is exhibiting at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre until 18 May 2014. This travelling exhibition includes a range of works drawn from the extensive holdings of the artist’s work at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra. The exhibition includes a selection of works dated...

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Selected exhibition: Douglas Gordon: The Only Way Out Is the Only Way In
ARTAND

Opening 31 May 2014 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, ‘The Only Way Out Is the Only Way In’ is the first major Australian survey of the Scottish-born, Berlin-based artist Douglas Gordon. The exhibition features a selection of films, installations, photographs and text works that recontextualise images...

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Juan Davila
February 2014

In Issue 51.3, February 2014, on war, Chilean-born, Melbourne-based artist Juan Davila presented 'White Australia's Ghost', a series of watercolour paintings considering the refugee and Australia. Davila explained:It seems that our culture requires for its survival a vilified figure like the refugee. We steal from them their rights and...

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Reading Iranian contemporary art
Bavand Behpoor

When Marcos Grigorian was paving the way for Iranian contemporary art with his installations and readymades, Iranian modernist art had achieved a character of its own. Its artists had exploited the various potentials of European modernism in order to expand the capabilities of the existing visual culture. Self-confident of what it had...

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Selected exhibition: Do Ho Suh: Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home
ARTAND

From switches and doorknobs to refrigerators and bathtubs, crafting replicas of domestic objects in textiles forms the basis of Doh Ho Suh’s sculpture and installation practice. Suh’s site-specific works meditate on aspects of his spatial reality, as he re-creates certain spaces of his homes and the objects endemic to them....

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War’s unquiet eyes: A brief disquisition on contemporary art and conflict
John Mateer

It is usual to think of war as an extreme circumstance, a state that we descend into as a last resort in an attempt to resolve political conflict. War is a distressing event, occurring seldom and, when it does, with great reluctance. But this is to ignore that military power is essential to the everyday functioning of nations: a standing...

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Paper fashion: Harry Gordon's poster dress
Elli Walsh

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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On angels and devils: The art of Khadim Ali
Rachel Kent

Khadim Ali combines historical tradition and contemporary storytelling in his delicate miniature paintings. Working between Sydney, Kabul and Quetta since 2009, Ali explores notions of good and evil through his art, drawing inspiration from the epic poem Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, by the late tenth-century Persian court poet, Ferdowsi....

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101 Spring Street
ARTAND

In the 45 years since Donald Judd purchased the building at 101 Spring Street, New York, in 1968, the city has undoubtedly changed enormously. Today you can see imagery of the site from anywhere in the world via Google Maps Street View. On a clear day in June 2011, the Google Street View Car captures the scene: a summery New York...

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Selected exhibition: Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court
ARTAND

In winter 2014, the holdings of Italian art in the famed Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, will make their Australian debut in the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘Winter Masterpieces’ series. ‘Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court’ will showcase over seventy paintings and thirty drawings from...

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Interior decoration: A ricochet through time
Bonita Ely

‘Interior Decoration’ investigates the interpersonal effects of untreated post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered by war veterans and their families as an overlooked factor in Australian military history and our narratives of identity. The artwork is personal. My father served in the 2/1 Australian Machine...

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First-person shooter: Baden Pailthorpe, video games and the biopower of war
Andrew Yip

Contemporary Australian war artists have begun to interrogate this parlous relationship between bio and military power, between the virtual subjectivity of a video game and its real-world equivalent. Take for instance Shaun Gladwell’s photographic series ‘BPOV MEAO (Behind Point of View, Middle East Area of Operations)’...

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Selected exhibition: Other Primary Structures
ARTAND

In 1966, the landmark Jewish Museum exhibition ‘Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors’ offered the first survey of minimal art. The show featured works by American and British sculptors, including Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and Robert Morris, who were increasingly favouring abstraction and geometry,...

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Performance Space celebrates 30 years
ARTAND

Over 20 November – 1 December 2013, Performance Space celebrates thirty years of groundbreaking work. From its founding in the early 1980s by Mike Mullins, to its work today, PSpace has shaped performance in Australia with defining acts by companies such as Sydney Front and Post Arrivalists, and artists including Russell Dumas,...

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Parastou Forouhar: Dark ornament
Media Farzin

Parastou Forouhar’s most recent work, Kiss me, 2013, is a black cloth banner with the title’s Farsi phrase enshrined at its centre among frenzied neon patterning. To unfamiliar viewers, the work is a vivid if somewhat garish patchwork of vaguely Islamic designs. But to many Iranians it is immediately legible as a highly...

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Review: 13th Istanbul Biennial: Mom, Am I Barbarian?
Rebecca Coates

The 13th Istanbul Biennial, titled ‘Mom, Am I Barbarian?’, opened in September 2013 against a background of civil unrest and ongoing protests in Taksim Square. Curator Fulya Erdemci articulated the focal point as ‘the public domain as a political forum’; (1) it was to be ‘an exhibition in a dialogue with the...

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Platform: Linda Brescia, Madison Bycroft, Benjamin Forster and Sam Songailo
Christiane Keys-Statham and Liz Nowell

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014, SafARI is the unofficial fringe exhibition of the Biennale of Sydney, presenting works by emerging and unrepresented Australian artists across multiple venues in Sydney. For this edition, there are two distinct components: SafARI and SafARI LIVE. The main body of the exhibition will present the...

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Selected exhibition: Singapore Biennale 2013: If the World Changed
ARTAND

The 2013 Singapore Biennale (SB2013) opened on 26 October 2013 and has set about changing the world through collaboration. Rather than presenting a singular, authorial model, SB2013 champions the team effort with Artistic Director Tan Boon Hui, formerly director of the Singapore Art Museum, leading a group of twenty-seven curators from...

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– CONTEMPORARY ART AWARD –
Jane Brown
February 2014

Decommissioned Art History Library, University of Melbourne, 2012–13, depicts Brown’s former workplace, but could equally depict a library a century earlier. Her use of aged film stock causes the photograph to appear as an object from another time, while also suggesting the library itself to be somewhat mildewed and dusty. A...

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Melbourne-ness and Melbourne-now
Helen Hughes

The forthcoming ‘Melbourne Now’ (2013–14) exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is transparent in its aim to redress the main criticisms that have beleaguered the gallery for the last forty years. The most virulent of these criticisms have been that the NGV lacks a commitment to the exhibition and...

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The Mulka Project
Genevieve O'Callaghan

The Mulka Project is a digital library and production centre located in Yirrkala in north-east Arnhem Land. It exists as part of the community’s art centre, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, facilitating the production of audiovisual material and new-media artwork, and since 2008 has gathered 50,000 images, 4000 songs and 400 videos...

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Selected exhibition: Melbourne Now
ARTAND

Presented over both gallery spaces of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and spilling out into the city, ‘Melbourne Now’ includes more than 250 commissioned, loaned and acquired artworks and installations produced by hundreds of 400 Melburnians from the fields of art, architecture, and product, fashion and jewellery...

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Selected exhibition: Sopheap Pich: Collection+
ARTAND

Internationally renowned Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich is the second artist to be featured in ‘Collection+’ at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Launched in 2012, the series of exhibitions focuses on an artist from the Gene and Brian Sherman Collection, with Chiharu Shiota exhibiting in early 2013. Sopheap Pich...

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Erwin Wurm: Crap Head
ARTAND editors

As human forms become objects, and objects become unrecognisable, Erwin Wurm’s work tests and teases the very boundaries of sculpture. At Anna Schwartz Gallery in Sydney the Austrian artist’s exhibition ‘Crap Head’ positions sculpture and video work next to Wurm’s ‘One Minute Sculptures’, where...

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Building on bodies: The artwork of Lucy McRae
Oli Stratford

Lucy McRae creates body extensions, derivations and subversions. Working with liquids, plastics, gels and rubber, she conjures wearable technologies and clothing that alter and exaggerate the human silhouette, documenting the process through film and photography.  McRae’s creations share a distinct aesthetic –...

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Review: 12th Biennale de Lyon: Meanwhile … Suddenly and Then
Boo Patrick

‘Meanwhile … Suddenly and Then’ explores the diverse methods of narrative storytelling in a globalised world. Curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and directed by Thierry Raspail, the biennale operated through an unusual framework: in addition to usual exhibition spaces, works were dispersed throughout the city following their...

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A correct and delicate mind: Linda Marrinon's recent sculpture
Chris McAuliffe

Beginning in the 1990s, Linda Marrinon mixed her media, exhibiting paintings, watercolours and sculptures in equal measure. Since 2006, however, her focus has been on sculpture; she has presented sixty figure sculptures in eight exhibitions, working in plaster, terracotta and bronze, the materials of classical nineteenth-century...

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Patrick Pound
November 2013

In an issue that dedicates the essay section to National Gallery of Victoria exhibition ‘Melbourne Now’ (2013–14) and the focus section to art from Los Angeles, ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibiting artist Patrick Pound created a storyboard for Issue 51.2, November 2013. An artist who collects and assembles, Pound...

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Los Angeles displays itself
Liv Barrett

By design and incident, Los Angeles has never been a coherent place. It lacks an articulated centre and its defining spatial characteristic is sprawl. The dominant vessels through which the city communicates are studio feature films, which is to say that LA is largely represented by a deep and perpetual archive of fictions, strained...

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Dreaming futures: The Propeller Group
Christopher Myers

There are two things you must know about Los Angeles. First, it is a place that manufactures dreams. The business of dream-making is not starry, or full of fairy dust, or anything as soft as that. Los Angeles is a factory – sweaty, loud and tense. There are clanking machineries and breakneck engines around every corner in LA, busy...

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Sifang Art Museum
Boo Patrick

Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Sifang Art Museum is a modernist, translucent structure nestled among the verdant landscape of Pearl Spring in Nanjing, China. Its snake-like design mimics the parallel perspective of traditional Chinese painting, with various zones over the museum’s 30,000 square feet constituting a field of...

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The New York Earth Room
ARTAND

The New York earth room, 1977, by Walter De Maria has been on long-term exhibition to the public at 141 Wooster Street in New York’s Soho since 1980. Consisting of 197 cubic metres of earth in a white gallery space, the work was commissioned and is managed by the Dia Art Foundation but has earlier roots. This is the third of De...

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Jorge Pardo from Sea View Lane to Dads Cuba
Jon Bywater

Early in his career Jorge Pardo remade some industrially produced objects – an art gallery seat (Newport Harbour Museum bench, 1990) and a stepladder (Ladder, 1989), for example – by hand, in craft woods. From there, functional furniture and furnishings became his artistic preserve. Flights of tiles and flocks of lamps are...

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The Dog House
Jane Somerville

When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.Edward Abbey On a 126-square-metre plot in Shibuya, Tokyo, is The Dog House, the home of the enigmatic art personality Joni Waka (aka Johnnie Walker). Designed by his friend, the artist Joseph Kosuth, this house and public park is dedicated to Waka’s much-loved dog,...

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Locust Jones / ALNF
2011

This project arose from an invitation by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation to raise awareness about their groundbreaking Refugee Action Support literacy program. In September 2010 ARTAND Australia initiated a collaboration between artist Locust Jones and twenty-one refugee students at Lurnea High School in south-western...

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Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
ARTAND

In its idyllic Kensington Gardens setting, London’s Serpentine Gallery marks every summer with its Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, commissioning major works from artists and architects. Past feathers in Serpentine’s hat include The archeological pavilion, 2013, by Herzog and de Meuron and Ai Weiwei and Peter Zumthor’s A...

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Nigel Milsom: Fresh paint
Ingrid Periz

Nigel Milsom paints orchids, birds in flight, train yards and railways, racing dogs, paper dolls, portraits, and the occasional popular prizewinner. His subjects are almost always immediately recognisable but Milsom’s paintings are only nominally representational. Very often they show him mulling over the stakes of representation,...

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Wangechi Mutu: A return to beginnings
Isolde Brielmaier

There is an eloquent continuity in Wangechi Mutu’s artistic practice that reveals wonderful threads linking her wide-ranging bodies of work over the last one-and-a-half decades. Among Mutu’s many gifts is her astute ability to return to where she started conceptually, formally and aesthetically, in order to bring forth...

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Huma Bhabha’s unnatural creatures
Amy Karafin

In the days after a building is blown up or burned down, the remains are a mix of the expected – cinder blocks, metal pipes, beams – and unexpected – wooden boards, bits of cloth, a doorframe. They may be bent or charred but they’re still recognisable, even ordinary, and because of this, they become a gauge of...

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Is Indonesian contemporary art in danger or making a difference?
Rifky Effendy

The second art-market boom in Indonesia in 2007–09 awoke art practitioners to the functions of the prevailing art systems. Initially linked solely to the artist’s creative process, the field of art production became more complex with the inclusion of art-scene supporters: the mass media, the journalists and art writers,...

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– CONTEMPORARY ART AWARD –
Alasdair McLuckie
Spring 2012

The ritualistic nature of McLuckie’s work is emphasised by his use of folk aesthetics, signature patterning and symbolism. However, instead of beginning with such grand narratives of life and death, his work often has a more simple and formal catalyst: for instance, a straightforward interest in how biro ink appears on the surface...

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Consumers, crocodiles and colonists: Janice Peacock
Renee Johnson

Installation artist, printmaker and painter Janice Peacock, also known as Janice Pillsworth, has (r)evolutionised the iconic shopping trolley, crossbreeding it with the plane and ship and, most importantly, mandating critical historical and cultural messages. Peacock takes the modern-day industrialised object and plays on whimsical...

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– EMERGING WRITERS PROGRAM –
Nicholas Croggon
Spring 2009

‘Too Much of Me: 7 Paths Through the Absurd (With Detour)’ (2009) exhibition review There is a strange poetry in the absurd. Lewis Carroll saw this, Marcel Duchamp saw this, and Geraldine Barlow, curator of Monash University Museum of Art’s recent show ‘Too Much of Me: 7 Paths Through the Absurd (With...

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Selected exhibition: Ryoji Ikeda
Jane Somerville

Ryoji Ikeda doesn’t like to explain his work. He prefers viewers to experience it in the same way one does music. As Ikeda explained: at a concert ‘you don’t ask “what is the meaning of the melody?” before you listen … first you feel’. (1) This engagement with and direct response from the...

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Nell / Vanila Netto / Romance Was Born
Winter 2011

In Issue 48.4, Winter 2011, exploring collaborative practices, this artist project saw black-and-white text paintings by Nell interpreted by Romance Was Born fashion designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales; photographer and video artist Vanila Netto then documented these paintings. The result is a dynamic series of pages inspired by rock...

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Reality in the world of Eko Nugroho
Rifky Effendy

Eko Nugroho is one of Indonesia’s most successful young artists of the early-2000s generation. His work – paintings, murals, comics, embroidery, sculpture and installations, shown in museums and galleries across Asia and Europe, in Australia and the United States – has a unique character and today influences...

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Tess Maunder
Winter 2013

‘The Color of the Sky Has Melted’ (2012) exhibition review Fusinato privileges logic and order when making decisions in his practice. He avoids unnecessary narrative, flurry or decoration and as such his work has a cool distance, making for a conceptually dominant viewing experience. – Tess Maunder Marco Fusinato,...

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