• 27th Apr 2018

    A retrospective surveying the work of Robert Hunter opened Friday 27 April, at NGV Australia. 

    In a career spanning almost five decades, Hunter developed an idiosyncratic visual language that drew upon the logic of minimalism. Using a basic geometric lexicon and everyday materials such as house paint and masking tape, he endlessly reinvented the modernist grid. From his earliest near-white square canvases, the wall paintings that dominated much of his output in the 1970s, and the finely nuanced white-on-white compositions of the works for which he is now best known, he produced a remarkably consistent body of work that tests the very limits of visual perception.

    Robert Hunter’s uncompromising vision and commitment to a singular aesthetic position is unique in Australian art.
 Mounted in tandem with ’The Field Revisited’, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first comprehensive display of colour field painting and abstract sculpture initiated by an Australian institution, both exhibitions continue at NGV Australia until 26 August.

(image: Robert Hunter ‘Untitled (#3)’ (detail) 2016)

  • 27th Apr 2018

    Daniel Boyd has received a commission to design a new pavilion in collaboration with Edition Office at the Australian War Memorial.

    The work, 'For Our Country’, will recognise and commemorate the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders.

    'For Our Country' is set behind a ceremonial fire pit within a circular stonefield, incorporating a mirrored glass façade covered in thousands of mirrored circular lenses that reflect the viewer and the Memorial across its surface. Behind the glass veil is an intimate, contemplative space with a curved back wall and seating constructed of black pigmented rammed earth from which to see back through the thousands of transparent lenses to the fire and memorial grounds beyond.

    With permission from the Ngunnawal Elders, an open invitation will go out to every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Nation for soil from their lands to be offered into the ceremonial cham­ber at the centre of the pavilion which penetrates deep onto the ground below the work. In this way each Nation is unified together in this place, where a piece of real country can act as sym­bolic remains of the fallen who have died in the protection of their country.

    'For Our Country' will occupy a prominent position in the Memorial Sculpture Garden and is planned to be constructed in November/December 2018.

    (image: courtesy of Edition Office)

  • 26th Apr 2018

    Laith McGregor and Sam Martin have been shortlisted for the 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize.

    Selected from over 550 entries from around the country, the 36 shortlisted works will be on view at the Geelong Art Gallery from 9 June to 19 August, with the winner of the $30,000 acquisitive prize announced on the evening of 8 June.

    (image: Laith McGregor, ‘Tired Mantra’ (detail) 2018)

  • 25th Apr 2018

    Isadora Vaughan will be contributing work to ‘There is a pain - so utter’, opening at Gertrude Glasshouse this Thursday. Curated by current Gertrude Studio Artist Beth Caird, the exhibition includes new and recent works by Australian and international contemporary artists that reflect strategies of withdrawal, investigate what it means to be an artist and not create work and explore vulnerability and transformation as artistic gestures. 

    Opening Thursday, 26 April from 6-8pm, ‘There is a pain - so utter’ continues until 26 May.

    (image: Isadora Vaughan, ‘Recalcitrant Bodies’ 2017, installation view. Photo credit: André Piguet)

  • 21st Apr 2018

    New work by Consuelo Cavaniglia will be presented in ‘Vanishing Point’, a group exhibition of new work at Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Gymea that relates to the concept of places where opposing ideas meet. Exploring loci of desire, visions and mirages, Cavaniglia's work references infinity screens and invented spaces - spaces other than the one the subject is in.

    Opening tonight, Friday 20 April, ‘Vanishing Point’ continues until 10 June.

    (image: Consuelo Cavaniglia 'Unitled', 2018)

  • 20th Apr 2018

    Marian Tubbs has been curated into ‘Hypersea’, an exhibition presented on a private yacht as part of Art Monte Carlo.

    Curated by Juliette Desorgues, the exhibition reflects on Astrida Neimanisc's concept of ‘hydrofeminism’, presenting the work of eight artists brought together in dialogue and tension on a yacht moored in the port of Monaco. Open during the weekend of the fair, 28 - 29 April, YCM Marina, Quai Louis II, Monaco.

    (image: Marian Tubbs ‘Suprasubliminals’ (film still), 2018)

  • 17th Apr 2018

    Steve Carr will be presenting work in ‘Auto-Destruct’ at Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop, London. Curated by Cedric Christie, Pascal Rousson and Stacie McCormick, the exhibition relates to and reflects upon the nature of aspirational technological inventions and their unintended destructive potential.

    Opening tomorrow, 18 April at 6pm, ‘Auto-Destruct’ continues until 10 May.

    (image: #SteveCarr, Watermelon (film still), 2015)

  • 12th Apr 2018

    Consuelo Cavaniglia has been announced as one of five artists invited to participate in the inaugural Macfarlane Commissions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), a new biennial exhibition. Invited by Artistic Director and CEO of ACCA, Max Delany, and Senior Curator Annika Kristensen to create new works for the exhibition: 'All the world’s a stage' (working title).

    The exhibition will be presented in December 2018 through to March 2019.

    (image: #ConsueloCavaniglia ‘Untitled’ 2018)

  • 4th Apr 2018

    Marian Tubbs and Michelle Ussher are exhibiting work in Another Dimension at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery. Curated by Simon Lawrie, the exhibition explores the dynamic relationship between form and content in contemporary art, by positioning sculpture as part of a broader two and three-dimensional spatial practice. Within traditional artistic categories a clear definition between pictorial and physical space can be found, yet the relations between image and object are more fluid today. This exhibition showcases six contemporary Australian artists who, working across and between media, have creatively ventured into other dimensions.

    Officially opening this Sunday 8 April, the exhibition runs until 15 July.

    (image: Michelle Ussher ’Blueye Ballsack’ 2015)

  • 22nd Mar 2018

    David Griggs’ touring exhibition 'BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN’ is now on show at Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie.

    The exhibition features a decade of past paintings, photographs, videos, and the premiere of 'COWBOY COUNTRY', an epic feature film following the story of a kidnapped American Filipino teenager held captive for ransom. Developed by Campbelltown Arts Centre and presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW, 'BETWEEN NATURE AND SIN’ it is the first major Australian survey of Griggs practice.

    The exhibition runs until 22 April.