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

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Abramović Fever
Elli Walsh

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

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24 Frames Per Second
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Screen, dance, performance and visual arts intersect at Carriageworks’ ambitious new exhibition ‘24 Frames Per Second’. The twenty-four commissioned films, by eighteen Australian and six international artists, create a nuanced narrative about the various ways artists approach the dynamic relationship between art and...

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TURN, TURN, TURN
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‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ celebrates six decades of art produced in the renowned ceramic studios of Sydney’s National Art School. The show stages the works of twelve intergenerational artists selected by Glenn Barkley and Ivan Muñiz Reed. Ceramic practice has recently been re-cast in the art world as one that can change...

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

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

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Highlights from the MGA Collection
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From Charles Bayliss’ serene sepia print Blue Mountains from Blackheath, c.1880, to Pat Brassington’s uncanny Twins, 2001, ‘Highlights from the MGA Collection’ presents an expansive overview of the Australian photographic vernacular. The exhibition coincides with the Monash Gallery of Art’s 25th...

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Gajin Fujita: Warriors, Ghosts and Ancient Gods of the Pacific
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‘Warriors, Ghosts and Ancient Gods of the Pacific’ – a solo presentation of works by Japanese American artist Gajin Fujita at California’s L.A. Louver – bridges the cultural gap between contemporary urban street art and the enduring aesthetics of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e or ‘floating world’...

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Stars and Stripes
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Opening on American Independence Day, the travelling exhibition ‘Stars and Stripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection’ has touched down at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Providing a snapshot into contemporary art in North America, the exhibition includes a range of works from painting to sculpture...

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Michael Heizer: Alters
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The life work of American artist Michael Heizer literally hangs in the balance as the Gagosian stages a solo show of stone boulders suspended above the heads of New Yorkers. After twenty-five years living in the Great Basin of the Nevada Desert away from the commercial gallery circuit, the seventy-year-old artist is presenting...

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Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts
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Harnessing the revelatory power of alternate histories, Melbourne-based artist Brook Andrew is currently showing new and archival work in the immersive exhibition ‘Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts.’ The presentation, staged at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, looks at the vicissitudes of war through an alternative lens that...

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The Australian Pavilion at Venice
Anna Waldmann

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

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Thomas Houseago: Masks (Pentagon)
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Thomas Houseago’s newly commissioned large-scale sculptural installation, Masks (Pentagon), has taken over the Rockefeller Plaza in the heart of Manhattan, on show until 12 June. The California-based artist’s site-specific commission is made up of five different clay masks that are configured circularly. The works are...

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Mark Lissauer
Ashley Crawford

To say that Mark Lissauer has lived a life of extraordinary adventure would be an understatement. Now frail, understandably so at the age of ninety-two, Lissauer survived the Holocaust as a youth and went on, Indiana Jones-style, to travel to some of the most remote locales on the planet – some thirty-five countries. He has...

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Laurie Simmons: How We See
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A series of recent photographs by renowned American artist Laurie Simmons is currently showing at the Jewish Museum in New York. The exhibition, titled ‘How We See’, interrogates the ‘Doll Girls’ subculture, the modern phenomenon of people altering their appearance – through make up, clothing and cosmetic...

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Sydney Modern Project Winner Announced
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The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) has announced that Japanese architecture firm SANAA have won the design competition to expand the footprint of the AGNSW in stage two of the Sydney Modern Project. Headed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA was unanimously selected by the jury from five...

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

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Candice Breitz
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South African born, Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz is exhibiting three major works at City Gallery Wellington, until 26 July. On show for the first time in New Zealand, each multi-screen video installation embodies a distinct aspect of the artist’s oeuvre. Breitz’s works tackle the ways in which identities are constructed...

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

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Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land
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‘Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land’ is the most comprehensive offering of works to-date from the oeuvre of one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary artists. Staged at Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the presentation features new works by Parekowhai alongside key pieces spanning twenty-six years of...

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Indigenous Australia: Enduring civilization
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Hosted by the British Museum, ‘Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilization’ is the first major exhibition in the UK to present an object-based history of Indigenous Australia. The presentation forms a rare window into art and artefacts collected early in Britain’s colonial expansion that have never before been on public...

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

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

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

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The Prada Foundation’s New Arts Complex
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In what is undoubtedly a coup for Milan, the Prada Foundation will unveil its new arts complex on 9 May, which will house its extensive collection and host contemporary art exhibitions. At a time when funding for the arts is waning in Italy, the sprawling new 120,000 square feet complex – which will be Milan’s biggest...

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The new Whitney Museum unveiled
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After more than thirty years since it announced its ambitious plan to expand, the Whitney Museum of American Art finally has a new home. Moving the collection from its long-time residence in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Museum will be reopening on 1 May in New York’s Meatpacking District. While the move signifies a coup...

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Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit
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Currently showing at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), ‘Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit’ explores the tumultuous and critical year that Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit from 1932–3. The exhibition considers how the city made its mark on the artistic evolution of both artists, and...

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John Wolseley: Heartlands and Headwaters
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The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is currently showing a series of works produced over the last four years by British artist John Wolseley, exploring the diverse physiognomy of the Australian wetlands. Comprising eighteen new works on paper, the exhibition canvasses Wolseley’s expeditions around Australia – from mangrove...

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Imaginary Accord
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Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) is celebrating its fortieth anniversary by hosting a year-long project entitled, ‘Imaginary Accord’. This ambitious undertaking represents the museum embracing its midlife crisis and attempting to answer the ultimate existential question: What is my place in this world? Emerging...

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Luminous World: Contemporary art from the Westfarmers Collection
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Running until 5 July at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, ‘Luminous World’ showcases a selection of sculpture, painting and photography from the Westfarmers Collection, on public display for the first time.   Bringing together fifty contemporary artists from Australia and New Zealand, the exhibition launches a conversation...

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Tatiana Trouvé: Desire Lines
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For decades, New York’s Central Park has been fertile ground for artistic intervention. Its ‘out of place’ existence as a pastoral oasis amidst a dense, towering metropolis continues to inspire artists’ imaginations, often resulting in large-scale installations with the help of the the non-profit Public Art...

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Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East
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The expanded field of Islamic art is explored in ‘Islamic Art Now’, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) current exhibition of works from contemporary artists with roots in the Middle East. Over the past eight years LACMA has focused on collecting Islamic art, recognising its cultural and artistic currency. As...

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Peter Hennessey: Making it Real
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From 14 March until 12 July, The University of Queensland Art Museum is presenting ‘Peter Hennessey: Making It Real’, the first comprehensive analysis of the artist’s work. Surveying the last ten years of Hennessey’s career, the exhibition will include the Australian sculptor’s most significant works...

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Jamie North: Rock Melt
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Nature will pervade Federation Court at the NGV International from 27 March 2015 in a newly commissioned piece by Sydney-based artist Jamie North. The installation, titled Rock Melt, will take the form of six epic columns intertwined with Melbourne’s native vine pandorea pandorana. Constructed from recycled slag – a...

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MASS MoCA to become largest contemporary art museum in USA
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An impressive expansion plan has been unveiled that will make the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) the largest Contemporary Art Museum in the United States. The roughly US$55 million project was announced to expand the museum complex to cover more than 250,000 square feet of gallery space. Geared for...

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Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art
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Centuries-old sculptures created by Mbembe master carvers from southeastern Nigeria are currently on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, the figures are among the earliest and most aesthetically unique wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa. When...

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Limitless: Nacho Carbonell
Anna Carnick

Nacho Carbonell sees his objects as potential living organisms – creatures that may, at any moment, come to life and surprise us. The Spanish-born, Eindhoven-based designer draws observers in through character and story-driven work that straddles the natural and imaginary, providing opportunities for interaction and...

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