The Art Exhibition vs Art
Brave New World: Australia 1930s
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, until 15 October 2017
Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art
Heide Museum of Modern Art, until 8 October 2017
By Rex Butler
Brave New World: Australia 1930s and Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art are both important new museum shows. They involve a serious investment of institutional resources. They demand great curatorial expertise. They make a n...
Discovering Dobell | Dobell's Circle
TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, 27 May – 13 August 2017
By Victoria Perin
TarraWarra, clearly reaching for the best of both worlds, likes to market itself as 'privately funded, public art museum'. As a charitable not-for-profit company, the museum is sponsored by the Besen Family Foundation, while also receiving project-based public funding. Twinned to a vineyard, it balances out Melbourne's other favourite week...
Spencer Lai, Contaminant, Figures
Fort Delta, 6 – 29 July 2017
Spencer Lai's work is part of a contemporary exploration of the grotesque that taps into the destabilising qualities of late capitalism and considers its effect upon issues of identity, including gender and sexuality. This current was picked up on by Jonathan Griffin in his 2012 essay Rudely transgressing the boundaries between the elevated and the profane, published in Tate Etc. In it, Griffin notes that w...
Liam Osborne Hot Copy
Punk Café, 8 July – 22 July 2017
by Helen Hughes
Presented by Liam Osborne, the young Melbourne artist and director/curator of the Brunswick East gallery Punk Café, Hot Copy is a meditation on themes of boredom, repetition, monotony, uselessness and impactlessness. These themes are charted both in relation to the artist's day-to-day routines (working to pay rent, to make art, etc.) and in relation to the role of Punk Café as a Melbourne artist-run gallery (one that...
Neon Parc, 15 Tinning St, Brunswick, 30 June–12 August 2017
By Kylie King
Any presentation of Dale Frank's work could easily be passed off as a prime prop for Instagram ops. His paintings—dazzling in size and colour, slick and hyper-reflective—demand attention and entertain. Yet they are also unsettlingly grotesque and possess an overarching posture of cool detachment. Indeed, his current exhibition at Neon Parc is as much confronting as it is alluring.
Dale Frank, It was a b...
Every Brilliant Eye
Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria
By Francis Plagne
Walking through Every Brilliant Eye—a large survey of the NGV's holdings of Australian Art from the 1990s curated by Jane Devery and Pip Wallis—I was struck by how much it look like parts of Melbourne Now, the NGV's sprawling 2013-2014 snapshot of contemporary art practices in Melbourne. It is not only that many of the same names reappear, sometimes with work little changed by the twenty years separat...
Russia in Melbourne
I can see Russia from here
TCB art inc., Level 1, 12 Waratah Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, 7 June – June 24 2017. Curated by Chelsea Hopper
By Rex Butler
I walk along grimy Waratah Place in downtown Melbourne. The walls of the buildings are black from use, a chef from a nearby Chinese restaurant crouches on the pavement playing on his iPhone. I climb a flight of rickety wooden stairs and enter the gallery. Two young volunteers sit huddled together in front of a computer sc...
Andrea Grützner Tanztee and Erbgericht
Centre for Contemporary Photography, 9 June – 23 July 2017
By Kate Warren
Writing in Artforum in 2004, Abigail Solomon-Godeau described the 'miniature guillotine' of the camera's shutter. The camera slices a moment in time from the world, removing it from its original context, but also potentially relaunching it as a new, transformed event. In Andrea Grützner's current exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the German artist has foc...