Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
1 March – 30 June 2019
By Giles Fielke
Australian photography is at an interesting moment. More than ever, it is compelled to respond not only to the present reality that the average Australian is now considered either illegitimate, illegal, fraudulent, or irreparably corrupted, but also to the fact that these same problems afflict the efficacy of photography as a documenta...
The Warrnambool Art Gallery
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
2 March - 5 May 2019
Penny Byrne: HIGH VIS: Protest, People and Power in a time of Fake News
2 March - 19 May 2019
Damon Kowarsky: Sans Frontières
8 December 2018 - 5 May 2019
On Country: Stories of Gunditjmara Elders
8 December 2018 - 30 June 2019
by David Wlazlo
"Compromised" was the adjective staff used to describe the experience at
Warrnambool Art Gallery (The WAG) when I went to visit it las...
Emma Phillips: Too Much to Dream
13 March – 27 April 2019
By Ella Cattach
There are three Dianes—two portrait subjects, one spectre—in Emma
Phillips' current exhibition of large-scale, predominantly
black-and-white photographs which takes its title, Too much to dream,
from a song by The Electric Prunes.
The first Diane, of Untitled (Diane washing dishes at her father's
house) and the unfocussed, tightly cropped colour triptych Untitled
(Diane on her bed, smiling), both...
Lyon Housemuseum Galleries
217-219 Cotham Road, Kew
7 David Street, Carlton
By Paris Lettau
In recent years, a new subculture has surfaced in Australian art. It lacks any aspiration to be recognised by mainstream public art institutions and has formed a self-conscious avant-garde with "arm's-length" distance (sometimes literally) from major museums like Tony Ellwood's National Gallery of Victoria. The latest expression of this subculture is the freshly minted $15.8 million Lyon Ho...
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Bendigo Art Gallery
16 March – 14 July 2019
By Giles Fielke
I often return to an odd little sentence in Robert Walser's microscripts, a thought captured that he then jotted down on a scrap of paper sometime before 1956: 'The failure to prize the chance to spend time in a cosmopolitan city highly enough to refrain from giving it up in favour of an upstart one-horse town.' Cosmopolitanism, seen today, is increasingly a crowded nightmare pre-occupie...
Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece
8 February – 23 March 2019
By Sophie Knezic
'Oh my country! We will no longer have to go searching through the
history of ancient peoples for worthy subjects on which to practise our
brushwork...No, no people's history offers me anything so great, so
sublime as the Tennis Court Oath, which I am to paint.' So opined the
18th century painter and revolutionary Jacques-Louis David, after
securing the commission from the Société des Amis de...
Australian Galleries, 28 & 35 Derby Street, Collingwood26 February 2019 — 17 March 2019
John Nixon: Screenprints, Woodblocks & Unique Relief Prints
Negative Press, Factory 8/102 Henkel Street, Brunswick16 February – 9 March 2019
By Victoria Perin
Exhibitions are usually talkative. They start off with the artist's or curator's statements and then usually just chat away with their personalised terminology and their free-associations. I intended to review the Australian Gallerie...