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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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The New Australian Pavilion at Venice
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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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Melbourne Art Book Fair
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Tapping into Melbourne’s love of printed matter and affluence of art, design and architecture, the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair will launch this weekend at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The first of a series of annual art book events developed by the NGV, the fair brings together emerging and established publishers,...

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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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After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997
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Currently on show at the Queens Museum in New York, ‘After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997’ looks at two critical artistic moments in India’s history, exploring the works of artists who indelibly shaped and reshaped the art of India. Tacitly alluded to in the exhibition’s title –...

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The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)
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Featuring a diverse array of contemporary works on paper, the Maitland Regional Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)’ marks a farewell to and from the departing Cultural Director Joe Eisenberg OAM. The exhibition is the product of a simple proposition posed by Eisenberg to a number of old...

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Imants Tillers: Avenue of Remembrance
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Renowned Australian artist Imants Tillers has collaborated with Master Weavers Sue Batten, Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce, Milena Paplinska and Cheryl Thornton of the Australian Tapestry Workshop to create a commemorative tapestry for the Australian War Memorial, coinciding with the Anzac Centenerary. The work – which was commissioned...

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Kate Beynon: An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale
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Hong Kong-born, Melbourne-based artist Kate Beynon pictures the duality of her transcultural self and the alchemy of memory, folklore and contemporary life in her new collection of works staged at TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA). Featuring works on paper, paintings, an animated video and a suspended sculptural installation, the...

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Tony Albert: Thou didst let fall
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Bringing together a series of installations, paintings and sculptures, Tony Albert’s solo exhibition ‘Thou didst let fall’ – staged at Sydney’s Sullivan+Strumpf gallery – readdresses the exclusion of Indigenous peoples from public consciousness and Australia’s national identity. Signposting one...

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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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Then, Now, Tomorrow – After the War
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The contemporary significance of the Anzac legacy is canvassed in the show ‘Then, Now, Tomorrow – After the War’, currently on display at Auburn’s Peacock Gallery until 17 May. Developed over two years to coincide with the Anzac Centenary commemorations, the exhibition excavates the past to enlighten the...

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Body Talk
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Staged at the WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, the exhibition ‘Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women’ presents works by a generation of female African artists who emerged out of the late nineties. Featuring the art of Zoulikha Bouabdellah,
 Marcia Kure,
 Miriam Syowia...

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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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Garments of the Golden Age
Laura Bannister

Two dragons of perfectly equal proportion; their writhing, elongated bodies mirroring those of carnivorous reptiles, forms overlapping with tiny golden scales. Like snakes, but brandishing clever, splayed claws. Like baronial lizards, really; eyes bulging, blood-tinged tongues curled into hook shapes. Behind the twin beasts, filling the...

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Tony Albert

Tony Albert is a comprehensive survey of the extraordinary oeuvre of contemporary Australian artist Tony Albert. Featuring a foreword by Hetti Perkins and an in-depth interview with the artist by notable curator Maura Reilly, the book explores the complex conceptual undercurrent that pervades Albert’s work. Colour reproductions of...

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Earth and Sky
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TarraWarra Museum of Art (TWMA) is currently hosting the exhibition ‘Earth and Sky’, a selection of bark paintings by two of Australia’s most significant artists – John Mawurndjul and Gulumbu Yunupingu. Curated by Hetti Perkins, ‘Earth and Sky’ offers viewer’s a panoptic view of Australia. As...

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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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Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall
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A monumental sculpture of bullets and shell casings by Australian artist Tony Albert has been unveiled in Hyde Park. Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall emblematically recalibrates accepted historical narratives by acknowledging, and commemorating, indigenous soldiers – both known and unknown. The memorial prompts...

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ACO Virtual
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Manly Art Gallery and Museum is letting audiences get up close and personal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), who partnered with artist and director Michela Ledwidge to bring audiences the world-first digital installation ‘ACO Virtual’. An experiment of sorts, ‘ACO Virtual’ combines cutting edge video...

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Art & Australia Collection 2003–2013
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The ‘Art & Australia Collection 2003–2013’ is currently on view at the Ipswich Art Gallery until 17 May, marking the final leg of our eponymous regional tour. The exhibition charts the development of our annual award and the trajectory of contemporary Australian and New Zealand practices as they broke new...

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MoMA Presents Björk
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After three years in the making, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is currently hosting a retrospective of Icelandic composer, musician, and singer Björk. Conceived of by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, some twelve years ago, the exhibition brings together a chronology of sounds, videos, objects, instruments,...

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David Lynch: Between Two Worlds
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In what is the first exhibition of its kind in Australia, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is hosting a retrospective of David Lynch, looking back at the last half-century of the acclaimed American filmmaker and artist’s career. Featuring two hundred artworks, ‘Between Two Worlds’ stages hitherto the most...

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Saltwater Country
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The Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art (AAMU) in Utrecht, Netherlands, is currently showcasing the work of sixteen artists from Queensland in the travelling exhibition ‘Saltwater Country’. Featuring acclaimed Australian artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Fiona Foley, Michael Cook, Judy Watson and Daniel Boyd, the exhibition...

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2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
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Featuring fifty-one artists from over twenty-five countries, the 2015 Triennial ‘Surround Audience’ is currently showing at the New Museum in New York. Now in its third iteration, the Triennial is conceptually anchored in our immediate present, exploring the modalities of selfhood in an age of ever-growing connectivity....

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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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Billy Apple®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else
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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is currently exhibiting a retrospective of one of New Zealand’s most important conceptual artists, Billy Apple. Stretching back over half a century, ‘Billy Apple®: The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else’ features over two hundred artworks that trace the idiosyncratic trajectory...

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Biennale of Moving Images
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The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is currently showcasing eighteen new screen-based works as part of the Biennale of Moving Images (BIM), on show until 6 July 2015.   Commissioned by the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland, and selected by an internationally renowned panel comprising Andrea Bellini, Yann...

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Niki de Saint Phalle
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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is currently hosting the first major retrospective of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle's work in Spain. Considered as the first great feminist artist of the twentieth century, Saint Phalle is widely known for her representations of the female body, eroticism, and contemporary female figures. Known as the...

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Rothschild Collection gifted to MFA Boston
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In what is a coup for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), 186 pieces of the renowned Rothschild Collection have been gifted to the institution. The endowment is of heightened significance when considering history of the objects, which were looted from the family by the Nazis in 1938. Indeed, for a long time the items seemed...

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Shaun Gladwell
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One of Australia’s best-known video artists, Shaun Gladwell, has returned to Sydney for a major project comprising two exhibitions across two Sydney galleries – Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) and UNSW Galleries. At SCAF, visitors will experience The Lacrima Chair, a new site-specific commission that engages the...

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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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Takis: Magnetic Fields
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The Palais de Tokyo in Paris is currently hosting a survey exhibition of works by renowned Athens-born, Paris-based artist Takis, who will turn ninety years old this year. A major figure in post-war sculpture, Panayotis ‘Takis’ Vassilakis is as much an avant-garde artist as he is an inventor and scientific philosopher....

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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
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Marking the first museum survey of New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley’s fourteen-year career, the Brooklyn Museum is presenting a range of more than sixty paintings and sculptures spanning the artist’s oeuvre. ‘Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic ‘ canvasses Wiley’s ongoing interrogation of gender, race and the...

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James Turrell: A Retrospective
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The work of leading contemporary light artist James Turrell is being showcased in a retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra. Following three major shows throughout 2013 – at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Guggenheim in New York –  ‘James...

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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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Ragnar Kjartansson
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As part of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival, the work of celebrated Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson will be presented across two galleries, marking the artist’s Australian premiere. The dual exhibition provides a comprehensive insight into the artist’s unique practice, which spans music, film, installation and...

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Arlo Mountford Australian War Memorial Commission
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The major refurbishment of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra opens this month and features two newly commissioned works by Melbourne-based artist Arlo Mountford. The Memorial holds one of the world’s great collections of material related to WWI, and the redevelopment of the First World War galleries sees the return of...

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David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material
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Surveying the portfolio of one of the most important architects of our time, ‘David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material’ has opened at Haus der Kunst in München, Germany. Raised in Africa, Saudi Arabia and Britain, David Adjaye is known for his heterogeneous and esoteric designs that dissolve barriers and encourage...

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Book Release: Chinese Zodiac
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Art & Australia’s latest book release, Chinese Zodiac, presents a dynamic new series of artworks created by twelve of Australia’s leading contemporary artists imaginatively responding to the Chinese zodiac. With an introduction by Benjamin Law, the book explores the relationship between humans and animals, the East...

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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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Martha Fiennes: Nativity
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Award-winning film director Martha Fiennes pioneered SLOimage™ – a unique digital technology that enables an image to ‘come alive’ by perpetually self-generating random changes. Conceived by Fiennes and developed with producer Peter Muggleston along with a team of visual effects experts and programmers, SLOimage...

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Takahiro Iwasaki: Itsukushima Reflection Model
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The latest work from Japanese sculptor Takahiro Iwasaki will be displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International from 5 December 2014. Renowned for his large-scale miniatures of ancient Japanese buildings and architecture, Iwasaki is recognised as one of the leaders of Japan’s new generation of young...

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Carsten Höller
Lucy Rees

Belgian-born artist Carsten Höller recalibrates the experience of contemporary art by playing with conventional binaries, such as the flimsy line that divides art from entertainment. Lucy Rees speaks with Höller about his installation Golden Mirror Carousel, currently on show at the NVG International. Lucy Rees: Drawing on...

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Phillip Johnson’s Glass House
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The Glass House was once Phillip Johnson’s retreat, and has become one of the American architect’s most iconic buildings. Pioneering the use of industrial materials, the structure is fabricated almost entirely from sheets of glass set around a charcoal steel frame. Initially conceived as a one-room residence, combining...

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