Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 30 June – 7 October 2018
By Jane Eckett
Exhibitions of modern Australian furniture and design are enjoying a resurgence in recent years. There was the NGV's Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design in 2014, and Take a Seat: Australian Modernist Seating at the Penrith Regional Gallery in the same year, followed by a focus on overlooked émigré designers in The Moderns: European designers in Sydney, at the Mu...
Tom Roberts, Shearing the Rams
National Gallery of Victoria, Permanent Collection
By Rex Butler
I was recently showing a friend from New Zealand through the Australian
collection at the National Gallery of Victoria and we came, of course,
to Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams (1888-90). You have to get there
eventually because everything in the collection and its arrangement on
the walls points you that way. The work is visible — and intentionally
so — as you step into the first of the room...
Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions
National Gallery of Victoria Australia, Federation Square31 August 2018 – 28 January 2019
By Victoria Perin
Together George Baldessin and Imants Tillers represented Australia in the 1975 Bienal de São Paulo. Although Tillers was 25 and Baldessin eleven years older, the artists bonded closely: “George represented the more conservative art world I had just decided to abandon,” notes Tillers in an interview with researcher Nicole Bowller from 2016, “but in...
Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 27 July – 9 September 2018
By Hester Lyon
When the scaffolding of Sean Godsell's Design Hub was removed earlier this year, I felt a distinct sense of disorientation. As a familiar building, my relationship to it felt suddenly and unfairly disrupted by the rectification of its original form. I'd become comfortable in the scaffolding, gesturing out onto the footpath: a...
Nicholas Mangan, Termite Economies
Sutton Gallery, 4 August 2018 – 1 September 2018
By Amelia Winata
I noticed when researching for this review that Nicholas Mangan was born
in Geelong, where I, too, was born. And, presuming that Mangan grew up
there, I wonder whether he ever encountered the bizarre CSIRO Animal
Health Laboratory that I lived near. Crowned with an enormous tower
that, in hindsight, might have been a colossal chimney (perhaps for
releasing the smoke and vapour from biologi...
World Food Books, August 3 – September 1, 2018
By Giles Fielke
There is an overwhelming temptation to fill in the constitutive blanks where an artist’s life should be, but here there is no artist, only the artworks remain. The evidence of the so-called Philadelphia Wireman’s life is patchy, effectively non-existent. Enough facts remain, however, to establish a scene. Twelve of the some 1200 small, meticulously bound-in-wire sculptures and drawings found dumped in a lan...