Visual Arts

ART MONTH SYDNEY RETURNS IN MARCH

Art Month Sydney returns in March for a massive city-wide celebration of contemporary art and artists, with a diverse program of unique exhibitions, workshops, talks, tours, studio visits, precinct nights, family fun and more.

The month-long festival transforms the city, as galleries and creative spaces throw open their doors and stay open late every Thursday in honour of Sydney’s thriving arts ecology. Continue reading ART MONTH SYDNEY RETURNS IN MARCH

Coming up at the Purple Noon Gallery : Helen in Wonderland and Inked Wings

It is with great pleasure that Purple Noon Gallery presents concurrent exhibitions ‘Helen in Wonderland’ and ‘Inked Wings’ as its first show for 2018, opening on Saturday 24th February at 6:00pm. Ross Wellings will officially open the show and there will also be an address by guest speaker Emeritus Professor Col Jordan. The exhibition will run until April 8. Continue reading Coming up at the Purple Noon Gallery : Helen in Wonderland and Inked Wings

MEET THE ARTIST EVENT: ROBERT KLEIN-BOONSCHATE

Beechworth XII by Robert Klein-Boonschate

Robert Klein-Boonschate‘s latest exhibition BEECHWORTH will open February 20th  at the Frances Keevil Gallery.

This exhibition of large oil paintings and drawings are from the country of the Dugion people near Beechworth.  Paintings of the mosses and lichen-covered boulders, pines and gum trees. These impressive works reveal the complex interplay of the micro and macro realities in nature where energy seems limitless and each moment explores all possibility.

The exhibition runs 20th February to 11th March with a Meet the Artist event Tuesday 20th February, 6 – 8pm.

Frances Keevil Gallery [Facebook]
3-6 Bay Village,
28-34 Cross Street
Double Bay NSW 2028
Ph: 02 9327 2475 info@franceskeevilgallery.com.au
GALLERY HOURS: Tues to Sat 10 – 5 Sun 11 – 4 Mon Closed

REMBRANDT AND THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE – MASTERPIECES FROM THE RIJKSMUSEUM

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age opened on Saturday 11 November at the Art Gallery of NSW.

The exhibition is a panorama of Dutch society during an era of wealth, power and cultural influence with outstanding works by the great Dutch masters. The art of painting flourished like never before with subjects ranging from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to scenes of domestic life and studies of fruit and flowers. Continue reading REMBRANDT AND THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE – MASTERPIECES FROM THE RIJKSMUSEUM

Traffic Jam Galleries – The Beach 2018

THE BEACH is Traffic Jam Galleries opening exhibition for 2018 with the summer theme of ten artists interpretations of ‘the beach’. Artists included are Andrew Grassi Kelaher, Tracy Dods, Nada Herman, Rebecca Pierce, Bruno Mota, Hugh McLachlan, Katherine Wood, Jenny Green, Terry Barclay and Heidi Hereth. Riotous explosive colour and texture are contrasted with far more ominous deep waters in this most exciting exhibition. Continue reading Traffic Jam Galleries – The Beach 2018

WANG LIFENG: ARCHIVES OF LONGING – CURATED BY GUAN WEI

This image: Wang Lifeng, Ji-6, mixed media on paper, 2015-2017, 38x65cm                                Banner image: Wang Lifeng, Ji-5, mixed media on paper, 2015-2017, 65x114cm

Opening 14 February 2018, Vermilion Art  [Facebook] presents the first exhibition of the year, a solo exhibition by Beijing-based artist Wang LifengARCHIVES OF LONGING Continue reading WANG LIFENG: ARCHIVES OF LONGING – CURATED BY GUAN WEI

COLOUR AND FORM AT HOME@735 GALLERY

This image: resin sculptural work by Melbourne artist Kate Rohde                                                                Banner image: Sydney Ball, Canto IX, 2003, screenprint

Home@735 Gallery’s Art Month exhibition titled ‘Colour & Form’ will feature wall works and objects by a stellar line-up of Australian artists including Sydney Ball, Tomislav Nikolic, Angela Brennan, Jonny Niesche, Sean Meilak and Louise Tuckwell. Continue reading COLOUR AND FORM AT HOME@735 GALLERY

FBi RADIO: FUNDRAISING ART AUCTION 2018

FBi Radio (Facebook) is thrilled to announce their 2018 fundraising art auction, bringing together iconic Sydney artists alongside exciting emerging artists and the most collectable next big thing.

Over 60 Australian artists have donated work including Ken Done, Joan Ross, Reg Mombassa, Angela Tiatia, Abdul Abdullah, plus many more. Continue reading FBi RADIO: FUNDRAISING ART AUCTION 2018

ART EXPRESS 2018 OPENS TODAY AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Featured image – ‘Nature’s Embodiment’ Dylan Quirk Waverley College.

It’s the time of the year for the annual visual arts event ARTEXPRESS. ARTEXPRESS celebrates some of finest artworks created by last year’s Higher School Certificate students. Continue reading ART EXPRESS 2018 OPENS TODAY AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

BEC LITVAN EXHIBITION: INSPIRING EMPOWERMENT

This image: METASTATIC Bec Litvan
Banner image: SOLNUSHKAH Bec Litvan

The new exhibition at 107 Projects, Redfern is PRIMA BELLA by  Sydney artist Bec Litvan.

For Litvan, her mother is her sole inspiration. Diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer, Bec’s mother underwent a double mastectomy, 26 rounds of chemotherapy and 29 sessions of radiotherapy before finally being declared clear of the disease.

With her mother’s mastectomy bras as a canvas, Litvan began to create sculptures that celebrated the scars and landscapes of a cancer-ravaged body. Her art practice grew from there.

“The fact that there’s a chance that my work could help [my mum’s] self confidence totally validates my art making,” says Litvan who will also be conducting an Art Making Workshop with curator Jackie Terrett .

Bec Litvan’s  exhibition, PRIMA BELLA, is at 107 Projects: Window Box and there is a fantastic in-depth interview with the artist at their blog. 

SYDNEYSIDERS INVITED TO SING THEIR HERITAGE

Mami Kataoka :Artistic Director of 21st Biennale of Sydney
Image: Daniel Boud

Japanese theatre director Akira Takayama invites Sydney residents to perform a song or poem that was taught to them by their ancestors handed down through generations and across geographies, on the stage of Centennial Hall in Sydney Town Hall (pictured) on 28 January 2018. The song or poem can be in any language, no prior auditions or rehearsals are required, and participants of all abilities are invited to take part. Continue reading SYDNEYSIDERS INVITED TO SING THEIR HERITAGE

ART EXPRESS 2018

This image: Benjamin Silver, Bowral High School Transmigration (detail) Banner image: Kaitlin Smith. St Josephs Regional College. Dead in the Water – Shelving the Plans for The Great Barrier Reef

ARTEXPRESS is one of the Art Gallery of NSW’s most popular annual exhibitions, showcasing outstanding student artworks created by NSW students for the 2017 Higher School Certificate Visual Arts examination. Continue reading ART EXPRESS 2018

CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE: LAUNCHES 2018 IN STYLE

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre launched its 2018 season in raucous style last night  with BURLESKO BIZARRO.

After spending time with CPAC’s wonderful current visual arts exhibitions (featured previously in the Sydney arts Guide) , the full house of supporters was ushered into the theatre to be greeted by Hostess Glitta Supernova in full pink poodle mode.   The Burlesque we were to see was back-to-its-roots Performance Art she explained… satire and parody of sex and sexuality. Continue reading CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE: LAUNCHES 2018 IN STYLE

WELCOME TO CEMENT FONDU!

This image: Chris Dolman -My Shadows ‘GhostPlaysTrips,2017. Banner image: Cement Fondu Directors_Megan Monte(Left),Josephine Skinner(Right).Photo: Tom Polo

 Coming soon to Sydney’s Paddington, Cement Fondu is a new exhibition and live arts space with a difference: a place where art forms, ideas, generations, cultures, perspectives come together to create something new. Continue reading WELCOME TO CEMENT FONDU!

KATE GORMAN FOLLOWS HER DREAM @ THE ART2MUSE GALLERY DOUBLE BAY

The pic above is of artist Kate Gorman with her friend fashion icon, Nicholas Huxley. Both Kate and Nicholas were former Fashion Design students at East Sydney TAFE in 1974. Kate continued to pursue her love of colour and abstraction while Nicholas Huxley became the driving force in shaping the collage artform into what it is today. Continue reading KATE GORMAN FOLLOWS HER DREAM @ THE ART2MUSE GALLERY DOUBLE BAY

FROG HOLLOW STUDIOS: ANNUAL EXHIBITION

Image Above: Horizons 3 by Annabel Butler. Banner Image: Windows to the Sea 4 by Annabel Butler Photographs: Annabel Butler

Froghollow Studios has a long history as a studio for artists in the inner city area of Sydney. Originating near the infamous Frog Hollow Reserve in Surry Hills, it moved to a larger space on William Street in 2000. Smaller in size now, it is one of the few remaining artist studio spaces in the inner city that provides traditional atelier spaces in contrast to the rapid rise of desk-based co-working spaces.  The exhibition will celebrate the longevity of  Froghollow. Continue reading FROG HOLLOW STUDIOS: ANNUAL EXHIBITION

THE LADY AND THE UNICORN: AGNSW

THE LADY AND THE UNICORN  tapestry series is one of the greatest surviving textiles from the European Middle Ages; a rare masterpiece of French art. Travelling for only the third time outside France since the series was designed in Paris circa 1500, the six magnificent tapestries can be viewed exclusively at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney in 2018.   10 Feb – 24 Jun 2018

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MAPPLETHORPE EXHIBITION: AGNSW

Image above: Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J Paul Getty Trust; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, partial purchase with funds provided by The J Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
Banner image: Robert Mapplethorpe : Lisa Lyon 1981
Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and to The J Paul Getty Trust.  © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 – 1989) was one  of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century.  The Art Gallery of NSW is currently exhibiting  Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium .  This exhibition is an extensive look at the evolution and themes of Mapplethorpe’s work.

Unfortunately much of the public perception of the artist’s legacy is related to his  photographing of the gay S & M scene and the controversy about public funding of controversial works.  This exhibition however, while not diminishing the power of those images, gives the viewer a more in depth look at other aspects of his output. Continue reading MAPPLETHORPE EXHIBITION: AGNSW

52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS : First action January 6

This image: Deborah Kelly, Beware of the God, 2005, projection at Circular Quay, Sydney, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, courtesy the artist
Banner image: Anida Yoeu Ali, The Buddhist Bug series, digital C print, 2014, courtesy the artist

On Saturday 6 January, Artspace and Sydney Festival will present an action by Indigenous artist Richard Bell, the first in the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS series, a year-long online exhibition that will respond to the urgent political circumstances of our times. The exhibition will see the creation of 52 new artworks in 52 unique locations throughout Asia that will be shared globally via Instagram and online. Richard Bell’s first action to launch the exhibition will examine the Australian government’s stance on nuclear weapons and will involve him referencing graphic political posters from the 1980’s.  Continue reading 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS : First action January 6