Visual Arts

TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES PRESENT WORKS BY KATHRYN MCGOVERN AND SALLY WEST

The current exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries is a combined show – Kathryn MCGovern’s DOG SHOW and Sally West’s AROUND TOWN. They are very different artists in subject and style and it makes for a captivating event.

Kathryn McGovern’s exhibition is a series of wonderful canine portraits. McGovern, over the past few months, visited various dog shows in Queensland and mingled with cossetted canines, breeders, stewards and judges.

Individual canines are depicted in great detail and we marvel at the variety of colours, shapes and sizes of the assorted dogs.

Reference photos were combined with on location observations together with McGovern’s imagination to create the final vibrant product of ink and paper.

The paintings are witty and delightful. They feature an exceptional use of composition and an intriguing use of ‘ negative space’.

From beagles to dachshunds,  Churchillian bull dogs to tiny chihuahuas, giant Dalmatians and medium sized terriers, the various breeds are wonderfully shown. Some of them are full of bristling enthusiastic movement, whilst others are posed and poised.

We see it all from the canine perspective, there are no full human portraits but some pictures include legs and arms of the judges/owners.

SALLY WEST’S exhibition AROUND TOWN is her response to the environment in which she now lives. Internationally exhibited West is predominantly an ‘en plein air’ painter, with most of this exhibition’s works having been painted on site.

“I see the harbour and Sydney through different eyes now as an adult and mother, I now crave to capture them as a painter”. says West.

West’s current exhibition is a documentation of her favourite places that she has found in Sydney over the past 6-12 months.

The paintings feature a series of extremely thick, swirling brushstrokes full of wonderful texture, Many of the works are full of vibrant colour and dynamic composition, remarkable images of  the sea or landscapes, including Crown Road, Study From Berry’s Bay,  and Double Bay to Darling Point. The iconic Sydney Opera House is painted from above.

This was an exciting exhibition with special appeal for canine fanciers and landscape lovers.

This current exhibition is on display at the Traffic Jam until 25th May.

TOKKOTAI : A NEW EXHIBITION BY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE ARTISTS

 

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour, Mosman Art Gallery has organised a multi-media site-specific exhibition staged in an oversized old naval fuel tank at Headland Park, Georges Heights, overlooking the scene of the World War II account.

Six Australian and Japanese artists have interpreted the event in a contemporary context, offering large–scale installations, paintings, soundscapes and immersive experiences that consider war and conflict on a global scale, while evoking one of Sydney Harbour’s darkest moments.

When the Japanese opened fire on the night of 31st May 1942, it was a brazen strike that created fear and havoc across Sydney and around the nation. War was brought home to Australia’s Eastern States. Continue reading TOKKOTAI : A NEW EXHIBITION BY CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE ARTISTS

BLACK RAINBOW : A SOLO EXHIBITION BY HARRISON EARL @ M2 GALLERY

The mind of Harrison Earl is a manifestation of adolescent hobbies. Comic book artists and characters, heroes, heroines and villains from decade-past anime and a fair share of 90’s alternative rock music provide the context for the surrealist art of Harrison Earl.

BLACK RAINBOW is an artistic dichotomy of the human form. The title of the project encapsulates each piece within the exhibition; the idea of opposition and contrast through a dreamlike vision. Through this, a singular recurring character will travel within artworks telling an interconnected, subjective story throughout the various dream states. Continue reading BLACK RAINBOW : A SOLO EXHIBITION BY HARRISON EARL @ M2 GALLERY

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE : SIMONETTA CATTANEO

Alyssa Palombo’s book THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FRANCE strikingly captures the dangerous allure of the bond between artist and muse with delicacy, candour and unforgettable passion.

Palombo is also the author of The Violinist of Venice. She has published short fiction pieces in Black Lantern Magazine and The Great Lakes Review. A recent graduate of Canisius College she holds degrees in English and creative writing. A passionate music lover, she is a classically trained musician as well as a big fan of heavy metal. She currently resides in Buffalo, New York.

Divided into three sections, the book opens in Genoa where Simonetta Cattaneo was born and lived. She is believed to be the model for some of Sandro Botticelli’s finest paintings, including The Birth of Venus. 

She was married to Marco Vespucci of Florence in 1469 at the age of sixteen and moved there upon her marriage. Even before her betrothal with Marco was official, Simonetta was drawn into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers.

The men of Florence―most notably the rakish, rather sinister Giuliano de’ Medici―become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her even more desirable and fashionable …

Florence, however, does not really agree with Simonetta as she eventually keeps on becoming ill. She suffers from recurring mysterious fevers – it turns out Simonetta unknowingly developed TB.

The book follows Simonetta’s tragically short life as she is wooed by the promise of life in artistic, learned Florence, befriended by the mighty Medici family and then moves in the top echelons of Florentine society, what we would now call the A-list, and is given the mixed blessing of being declared the most beautiful woman in Florence.

Simonetta’s unhappy marriage to Marco is well described. The developments of art, music and culture are also mentioned – Donatello’s David , the works of Fra Filip Lippi the amazing dome at the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, as designed by Brunelleschi.

Simonetta’s story is a poignantly sad one, but also strikingly feminist as she fights to be acknowledged for her sharp mind and education (she is bookish and intelligent with a very inquiring mind) and scorns the attention paid to her because of her astonishing good looks. It is Botticelli who sees past her looks to the curious and thoughtful woman within, and through that relationship with him she is immortalised in some of the most treasured works of the Renaissance .

Breaking all convention, Simonetta agrees to pose for Botticelli leading to the creation of his famous The Birth of Venus. Do the two become lovers?  Or is it a chaste affair following the rules of courtly love of the time?

You will have to read the book to find out. Boticelli asked to be buried at Simonetta Vespucci’s feet, in the Chiesa di San Salvatore di Ognissanti, where he remains to this day, makes this an even more seductive love story.

Though little is known of her real life, this story gathers what facts do exist to build a lyrical , fascinating and compelling narrative that is not just a love story. This is an enchanting book that captivates and makes you want to dash to the Uffizzi Gallery.
IBSN: 9781925481167

  • Format: Trade Paperback
    Pub Date: 26/04/2017
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Historical romance
    Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: $29.99

 

HOME@735 INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION

The Home@735 Invitational Exhibition will be featuring artworks from the Badger & Fox Collection including photography by Andre Kertesz, Brassai, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Garry Winogrand, Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Bill Henson and a painting by Brett Whiteley.

Home@735 Gallery has invited a number of Sydney artists to submit a work for the exhibition with several artists creating responses to individual artworks from the Badger & Fox Collection.

Painter Nick Collerson will be responding to Brassai’s iconic photograph Eating at the Velodrome, Alice Couttoupes will be creating a ceramic wall work in response to an Olive Cotton photograph, Sarah Goffman will make a still life assemblage responding to an Andrea Kertesz photo and Tom Polo will paint his response to Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s 40 Rue Cortambert, France, taken in 1903.

Other artists works exhibiting include Patrick Hartigan, Mclean Edwards, Madeleine Preston, Charmaine Pike, Nicola Smith, Michael Johnson, Clara Adolphs and video by Kate Mitchell. The show will focus on portraiture, still life and landscape painting.

The exhibition opens on Thursday the 15th of June and runs till the 9th of July.

OPENING- 
Thursday June the 15th 6-8 pm at 735 Bourke Street, Redfern.

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UNTITLED : AN ENTHRALLING NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

UNTITLED, the current exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries, focuses on guest artists, foreign to the gallery space, featuring a diverse spectrum of themes and mediums.

The aim of this medley of physical and conceptual forms is to promote a culture of diversity and demonstrate that mixed bodies of seemingly disconnected ideas have the ability to strengthen and support each other.

The exhibition is a thrilling visual feast .          Continue reading UNTITLED : AN ENTHRALLING NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE ARTIST’S GARDEN : AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM

“An artist’s interest in gardening is to produce pictures without brushes.” Anna Lea Merritt

The latest luminous film from Exhibition on Screen is from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut located at the former boarding house in Connecticut where the artists gathered .

Narrated by Gillian Anderson and directed by Phil Grabsky, with some voice over of artist’s letters of the time, it documents how the American impressionist movement followed its own path, whilst taking heed of leading French impressionists such as Renoir and Cezanne.

It also puts the art movement in context of the development of America at the time with the adoption of Impressionist techniques by US artists and it examines the way the movement interacted with changing attitudes to gardens, as well as the many other upheavals in American society at the time. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE ARTIST’S GARDEN : AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM

JOURNEY OF EXPECTATIONS : TRACY DODS AND WILL MAGUIRE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

As part of Art Month there is a wonderful exhibition currently showing at Traffic Jam Galleries , by Tracy Dods and Will Maguire, under the umbrella title JOURNEY OF EXPECTATIONS.

TRACY DODS

With its recurring motifs of businessmen walking into, or being consumed by the sea – Tracy Dod’s idiosyncratic work is bleak yet striking.

Most of her works have ominous clouds or at least a hint of stormy weather in the background.

Tracy lives in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales and spends much of her time in Sydney, observing the people she paints in areas/zones of urban activity such as Martin Place.

Merger, featuring two older businessmen on the edge of water, is not just about a business merger but is also slightly surrealistic – note how the hair of the pair is blown and merged together.

Mare Ditat (The Sea Restores) features a hunched, anxious businessman , holding his jacket, perhaps returning to the waiting viewer – cleansed of his sins of corruption?!

Momentary Equilibrium is rather surrealistic too in the depiction of the tumbling windblown, twig like hair.

In White Paper, the reflections and flying hair are marvellously depicted. Continue reading JOURNEY OF EXPECTATIONS : TRACY DODS AND WILL MAGUIRE @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : I, CLAUDE MONET

Directed by Phil Grabsky this is an autobiographical exploration of the great Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s life based on his voluminous correspondence  (over 2500 letters). The letters are mellifluously, eloquently read by Henry Goodman and in the background there is a dreamy soundscape including compositions by Satie.

Many of Monet’s works, over a hundred, now scattered around the globe, are luminously photographed in closeup so we can see the swirling brushstrokes.

The film features glorious view of favourite Monet locations including Paris and Giverny and we can see the changes that have taken place since Monet’s time. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : I, CLAUDE MONET

ART EXPRESS @ THE ARMORY GALLERY SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination.

For the thirteenth consecutive year, ARTEXPRESS at the Armory will be presented at Sydney Olympic Park, every day from Tuesday 28 February – Tuesday 25 April 2017 (inclusive).

With FREE daily entry between 10am-4pm at the Armory Gallery, ARTEXPRESS at the Armory 2017 is the largest of all metropolitan ARTEXPRESS displays, showcasing the works of 59 young artists from schools across New South Wales. Continue reading ART EXPRESS @ THE ARMORY GALLERY SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

BRAZIL DREAMING ON A SYDNEY SUMMER’S DAY

 

ARTIST STATEMENT –  FLAVIA JULIUS

I was born and grew up in São Paulo, an extremely busy city, full of contrasts. I have always loved to wander around the old downtown, amongst high rises, noisy traffic and people from all walks of life.

Bossa Nova is forever the rhythm that calms me down; and samba is in my blood. Maybe in a past life I lived in Africa. Drums hypnotise me, and Carnival is a sublime elation.

I wish Brazil did not have the major social inequality it does. There´s a lot of suffering around, but funnily enough through suffering huge creativity flourishes. Natural beauty and an aura of excitement: even in its dull moments, Brazil is a party place, where you can have fun and find love.

Speaking about love! I met my Aussie husband on the Amazon, and yes, it was true love! I moved to Sydney, which quickly turned into another passion.

Aboriginal art and culture became an inspiration as much as Indigenous and African culture were inspirations in Brazil.

My soul is forever divided by my original and new roots, however through painting I feel complete, I´m able to connect my two beloved countries, or indeed all the amazing places I have visited around this planet, and the ones I hope to see in the future.

When I can´t travel physically, I travel through my art.

On this particular trip, I couldn´t go anywhere else but deep into Brazil. It´s a combination of art, design, nature, culture, music, people, the spiritual, the raw and the mundane. It´s Brazilian Dreaming.

.Flavia is extending an invitation to readers to see her exhibition on display at the Penny Farthing Design House, 51 Darling Street, East Balmain from the 3-11 March.

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Featured image – Brazilian/Australian artist Flavia Julius at work.

THE AUSTRALIAN DESIGN CENTRE : CURRENT EXHIBITIONS ARE FUN FOR ALL AGES

A sense of fun and joie de vivre is the dominant theme in two current exhibitions at the Australian Design Centre (ADC) : Annie Gobel: Edge In and Chili Philly: Crochet Social. The ‘wearable sculptures” jewellery by Annie Gobel and colourful garment pieces by Chili Philly both intrigue and delight the senses.

Annie Gobel Edge In.

This exhibition is presented by the ADC in collaboration with the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Annie is Indonesian born and Melbourne based. As well as exhibiting around Australia this young artist has recently exhibited in Japan.

Beginning with a thick bold outline, the jewellery is simply set against corrugated cardboard backdrops, which are closer to skin tones than stark white walls. The texture also lifts the works and allows pastel colours to shine. The objects are often candy coloured enamel and some of the playful pieces are made from toys. This renders them more tactile and enticing.

Chili Philly Crochet Social

Melbourne based artist Phil Ferguson goes by the name Chili Philly. His work is being exhibited in partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with one of the organisers describing it as ‘fun, camp and clever’.

Philly’s wearable art often takes the form of everyday objects, mainly food-related, which are transformed then captured as self-portraits and uploaded on Instagram. They sprang from the foods surrounding him in his earlier hospitality jobs.

The transformations use wool, acrylic and poly-filler. The video and photographic aspects are less self aggrandisement than an avenue naturally allowing his self deprecating humour to gain a wider audience.

His brightly coloured crocheted garments have gained a strong following on social media in the past few years, especially since March 2016 when this art became his full-time occupation.

At the launch of this exhibition the majority of the full house were obvious fans, many adorning food based head gear, crocheted and other. Their dedication was all the more extraordinary given the Sydney heatwave, as they queued for selfies with the creator.

Some serious trained crochet craftspeople wonder how he does it. He remarked that he started each work only knowing only one stitch, and he continued working to meet  more people when new in town – hence the ‘social’ aspect.

The Wrap

Both exhibitions of jewellery and garments are fun and induce play. The Australian Design Centre organised kids’ and family workshops with the artists. Young attendees at the launches were impressed by the work. The exhibitions are truly fun for all ages.

The Australian Design Centre is located at 101-115 William Street Darlinghurst. The exhibitions are on display until the 15th March.

Featured image is from the Chili Philly Crochet Social exhibition. Pic by Simon Cardwell. 

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S.H. ERVIN GALLERY : CURRENTLY CELEBRATING THE WORK OF MARGARET OLLEY

Featured image – Jeffrey Smart ”Second study for Margaret Olley’ (1994) – oil on canvas on hardboard. Images below  by Ben Apfelbaum (c).

The Gallery’s  exhibition MARGARET OLLEY : PAINTER, PEER, MENTOR, MUSE  features the work of the ‘grand woman of Australian art’ whose career spanned a period of more than sixty years.

A wonderful exhibition, curated by guest curator Renee Porter, it features over 80 works from across the country. Margaret Olley’s work features alongside some of the works of her closest teachers and friends including Caroline Barker, Robert Barnes, Jean Bellette, Mitty Lee-Brown, Criss Canning, Cressida Campbell, Margaret Cilento, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Moya Dyring, Donald Friend, Nicholas Harding, Fred Jessup, Ben Quilty, Jeffrey Smart, David Strachan and Anne Wienholt.

Of the exhibition Jane Watters, Director of the S.H. Ervin said, 

Margaret was a frequent visitor and supporter of the Gallery and in this show we wanted to present the spirit and vigour of this grand woman in Australian art. In many ways the show completes the circle of her championing the talents of her peers and friends which she undertook with such vivacity throughout her life.”

Philip Bacon, Executor of the Margaret Olley Trust added: 

“Margaret Olley was first introduced to visual arts at Somerville House school in 1937 and this in turn led to a dedicated and prolific artistic career that she pursued right through to the time of her death in 2011.  Throughout her life, Olley worked within various artistic circles that in turn developed into lifelong friendships. This exhibition illustrates these connections and her relationships with many other artists as mentor, contemporary or muse. Olley certainly left her mark, not only on paper, canvas and board, but through her connections with artists – her teachers and peers and those that continue to create today.”

The current exhibition  is the first in a set of three exhibitions under the umbrella title the Margaret Olley Art Series to be presented by the S.H. Ervin Gallery over the next three years and has been made possible by the support of the Trustees of the Margaret Olley Art Trust.

The Gallery has recently announced that it is hosting a series of free Sunday afternoon talks with artists and friends through February and March to further enlighten art lovers.

Sunday 19 February at 3 pm

Renée Porter, guest curator of the exhibition talks about Margaret Olley as painter, peer, mentor, muse.

Sunday 26 February 3 pm

Christine France, arts writer, historian, curator & long-time friend of Margaret Olley, shares her memories of the artist and her friendships with other artists.

Sunday 5 March 3 pm

Artists Nicholas Harding and Cressida Campbell discuss their friendship with Margaret Olley and her legacy. They will be joined by painter Laura Jones who continues the tradition that Margaret Olley dedicated her life, in capturing the essence of still life subjects.

Sunday 12 March 3 pm

Meg Stewart, author of the Olley biography, ‘Far from a Still Life’, discusses the life of the artist.

Sunday 19 March 3 pm

Steven Alderton, Director & CEO National Art School discusses his photographic documentation of Margaret Olley’s hat factory home/ studio and his friendship with the artist.

Adding to the allure of attending this current exhibition, you can also enjoy browsing the cards and books in the Gallery’s quaint bookstore as well as enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake at the adjoining tearoom.

The current exhibition is on display at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, located within the National Trust Centre until Sunday 26 March 2017.  The S.H. Ervin Gallery is located at  Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney.  Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm (closed Monday) Enquiries: (02) 9258 0173.  Cost: $10/ $7 Concession.

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SWEET SUMMERTIME CAPTURED IN THE NEW EXHIBITION @ TRAFFIC JAM GALLERIES

Another way to escape the current seemingly endless scorching Sydney heatwave is to catch the delightful HARBOURING THE BEACH exhibition now showing at the Traffic Jam Galleries.

The exhibition features the works of Anakita Eskalante, Danielle McManus, Bruno Mota, Bronwen Newbury,  Rebecca Pierce and Sally West in a themed exhibition that embraces Summer, The Harbour,  beaches and positivity for this coming year. Don’t forget to check the gallery’s windows facing the street as they feature some of the works included.

Anakita Eskalante’s four works can perhaps be viewed as a group, perhaps companion pieces on the same theme. The texture of the huge rocks are vividly depicted and you can feel the dangerous sea crashing against them. In Walking Along the Edge (Bondi to Coogee) the sea appears to be in a happier mood but is it actually?!
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Opening Exhibition “Shift from within” by the artist Haruyo Morita

Le Petit Bateau art collective is pleased to invite readers to the opening exhibition of the talented artist HARUYO MORITA on Saturday 11th February, between 7 pm and 10 pm at the Vincent and Dupree’ Salon 248 Bronte Road, Waverley.

The title of the exhibition is Haruyo Morita : Shift From Within.

Whatever word or label we use to describe the oneness of our universe, we are all inescapably participating in it. Haruyo Morita’s works explore the connected nature of this existence, recalibrating our perception of ourselves by focusing on our spiritual similarities, whilst accepting our man-made differences.

“Just because people believe in different things, they are no better or less – we are just made differently to keep the balance in this universe.”

Haruyo’s paintings reflect this understanding by stripping away our human forms and figures to reveal the shared essence of what it actually means to be a human being below the surface.

Haruyo seeks to replace judgement, malice and confusion with a gentle understanding and calm observation. Her planetary orbs of human experience sit suspended in ethereal whiteness; peaceful, egoless and beautiful.

In a world where many resolve themselves to negative energy and the perceived drudgery of existence, Haruyo reaches for more by focusing on acceptance and embracing the poetry in everything around her.

There is no instruction on how to feel, only an effort to inspire by showing us one possibility and prompting us to make our own decision, to create the changes we desire for ourselves, from within.

Haruyo Morita is a Japanese artist who began her study of visual arts at Tajimi Technical High school (Japan) in 1994.

Morita’s passion for art soon took her around the world to further refine her style at the National Art School (Sydney) and at the ‘Villa Bastille’ Art School (Paris).

Morita is currently based in Parramatta working with Sumi (calligraphy ink) ‚ traditional mineral pigments‚ gold leaf‚ shell powder‚ acrylic and oil paints.

LIST OF EXHIBITIONS –

2017 -Group show ‘Palingenesia’ (Surry Hills Sydney)

2016 – Parallax art fair( London)

2016- Group Show ‘Resonance’ Blacktown hospital, Nepean Hospital

2015- Group show ‘Vision’ M2 Gallery (Surry Hills Sydney)

2015 – Group show ‘Transcend’ Japan Foundation Gallery (Chippendale Sydney)

2015 – Group show Quarrymans Hotel (Pyrmont Sydney)

2015- Solo Exhibition Soul Portraits (Shh centre 4 Hybrid Art-Parramatta)

2015- Group Exhibition Do what you love (Soma Studio-SurryHills)

2014- Group Exhibition Ritratto dell’anima-Soul Portrait (Rome)

2013 – Group exhibition 4A Center for Contemporary Asian art(Sydney)

2013 – ‘Origin of O’ – Performance Art: Zen-Circle Calligraphy

2012 – Solo Exhibition at MarsHill Cafe‚ -Magnolia therapy(Parramatta)

2011 – Group Exhibition at MarsHill Cafe (Parramatta) 2009 – Solo Exhibition at MarsHill cafe -Flowers(Parramatta).

Haruyo Morita’s website is http://www.haruyomoritaart.com/artist.html

Entry to the exhibition is free. Food and drinks are provided by donation. There will be live music by Billsbry. The exhibition will be open to the public until the 17th March.

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ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR @ THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

Artists of the Great War is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian National University (NGA). It has been curated by David Hansen with contributions from students of the Centre of Art History and Theory.

The display features loans from the Australian War Memorial and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, alongside works from the NGA collection. Continue reading ARTISTS OF THE GREAT WAR @ THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA

THE NGA COLLECTIONS : THE NED KELLY SERIES GALLERY

The recently opened, specifically constructed oval space, to greatest effect, one of the most iconic artists Sidney Nolan, and his greatest ‘muse’ Ned Kelly.

In  1977 Sunday Reed the early 20th Century art collector and benefactor donated 25 of the 26 paintings on the National Gallery of Australia’s entry level. Nolan’s paintings were inspired by Kelly’s own words, the French artist Rousseau, and sunlight. It is clear from  the paintings titles that Sidney Nolan meticulously researched Kelly’s life and in particular the events leading up to his capture.Accordingly, Nolan’s two passions – literature and the visual arts combined perfectly in the Ned Kelly series. Continue reading THE NGA COLLECTIONS : THE NED KELLY SERIES GALLERY

VERSAILLES : TREASURES FROM THE PALACE @ THE NATIONAL GALLERY

Sydney and Canberra have an embarrassment literally of riches due to the British Museum, the Tate Collection and the Palace of Versailles enabling us to see priceless objects, paintings, and sculpture from the other side of the world.

The double bill of the History of Art in 100 Objects at the National Museum and Versailles, Treasures from The Palace at the National Gallery of Australia are both well worth a weekend away in Canberra.

VERSAILLES, TREASURES FROM THE PALACE is a totally immersive experience with the largest room decorated by  huge gobelin Tapestries hanging on the walls and a gobelin carpet highlighting four huge vases. Continue reading VERSAILLES : TREASURES FROM THE PALACE @ THE NATIONAL GALLERY

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS @ THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Held at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, this exhibition covers two million years of human history in one hall.

It started  out as a joint project of BBC Radio 4 and the British Museum compromising of a 100 part Radio Series written and presented by the British Museum’s Director Neil MacGregor. At least one of his selections, the Rosetta stone is not in this exhibition, but Australia has two exhibits – an ancient Aboriginal basket, and the wifi machine prototype invented by the CSIRO, Object No 101.

The History demonstrates how we have shaped the world and how it shapes us. The Objects come from all over the globe, often demonstrating how trade or a conquest influences the local indigenous art. Continue reading A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS @ THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

ANN MILCH’S RETROSPECTIVE @ KU-RING-GAI ART CENTRE AND GALLERY

A little bit of 1940’s heaven can be found at the Ku-ring-gai Art Centre and Gallery where a retrospective of Ann Milch’s art is being held.

The Centre is a large weatherboard cottage which contains a workshop and hanging space for local artists. It is set beside a lovely little park and in keeping with the 1940’s allusion, lawn tennis courts! Continue reading ANN MILCH’S RETROSPECTIVE @ KU-RING-GAI ART CENTRE AND GALLERY

NUDE : ART FROM THE TATE GALLERY @ THE ART GALLERY OF NSW

There is so much nudity in the media particularly in the cinema and clothes are so skimpy that this exhibition has attracted no controversy, no calls for it to be shut down and as such you can visit the exhibition and admire the artwork itself.

One is astonished to read when researching that when August Rodin’s The Kiss  was first exhibited in England it was covered in a sheet for fear it would corrupt local youth.

This exhibition extracts from the Tate Collection over 100 nudes covering 200 years of art history from the 1800s to the present. Continue reading NUDE : ART FROM THE TATE GALLERY @ THE ART GALLERY OF NSW

MOTHER OCEAN ART EXHIBITION @ WARRINGAH ART SPACE NORTH CURL CURL

Mother Ocean is wise, beautiful and powerful. We depend on her for our survival. That is why underwater filmmaker, James Sherwood, is teaming up with his mother Jackie Sherwood to showcase his ocean photos and her artworks.

Mother Ocean Art Exhibition 1-12 February 2017
Wednesday- Sundays
10am-5pm

Warringah Art Space, 105 Abbott Road, North Curl Curl

Opening – Thursday 2nd February 7-9pm
Artist’s demo – Friday 3 & 10 February 2-5pm
Film fundraiser for ‘The Map to Paradise’ – Saturday 4 February
5-9pm

DATES
1-12 February 2017 Wednesday- Sundays 10am-5pm

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EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HEIRONYMUS BOSCH

Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds and continue to influence artists even today?! Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? These and other questions were answered in this fascinating film.

The film is based on the critically acclaimed, once-only exhibition which brought together practically all Bosch’s major paintings and drawings from around the world to his home town of Den Bosch, Netherlands.

This is a striking exhibition that saw almost half a million visitors marveling at Bosch’s quirky creations and imagination. The Museum had to remain until after midnight every night. Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HEIRONYMUS BOSCH

STANLEY SPENCER – A TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH MASTER

 

Exquisitely, beautifully illustrated this is a large coffee table book, a fascinating visual feast . It is linked in with the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in Australia which has just finished at Carrick Hill in Adelaide .It follows the story of Stanley Spencer’s various muses and the subjects that made him one of the greatest forces in British painting.

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is regarded as one of Britain’s most significant twentieth-century painters. Shortly after studying at the Slade School of Art, Spencer became well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes occurring as if in Cookham, the small village beside the River Thames where he was born and spent much of his life. Continue reading STANLEY SPENCER – A TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH MASTER

RICHARD MAUROVIC : SHAPING LIFE

This monograph, featuring over 120 of his artworks, traces the remarkable career of the painter Richard Maurovic. A large, lavishly illustrated enticing ‘coffee table ‘ book it is stunning, visually arresting and delicately draws the reader in.

It is twenty years since Richard Maurovic’s first solo exhibition in 1996. His 2016 exhibition of old and new works at the Hill Smith Gallery, Pirie Street, Adelaide, and the publication of this book celebrate his considerable achievements.

Often described as a ‘’super realist ‘” influenced by Jeffrey Smart, Richard Maurovic has in fact drawn on a wide range of artistic influences from Piero della Francesca to the American Precisionists painters, particularly Edward Hopper, and the Australian Modernists.

Human activity and its impact on the shaping of both rural and urban environments are of great concern to Maurovic .The visual geometric appeal of his subject matter, and explorations of colours, shapes, detail and patterns delight with his ‘bold structural compositions, saturated planes of colour and crisply rendered forms. Physically compromised by an accident in his early twenties, now wheelchair bound , Maurovic combines his interests and distinctive technique with extraordinary ingenuity in the pursuit of his very particular vision.

Richard Maurovic is an artist who, while summoning memories and associations of his beloved Adelaide and South Australian countryside, also makes statements of concern regarding the ubiquitous nature of modern landscape  design and consumerism, and in doing so connects us across both interstate and international boundaries ( ie street signs, views at airports).

The book is divided into several chapters , looking at Maurovic’s early life and then various aspects of his work – how he is fascinated by industry , transport and technology, portraits, still life works, landscapes and so on and also provides a chapter looking towards the future.

One section I particularly liked is the amazing Portraits .There are a couple of marvellous self portraits, one of Maurovic as a glamourous Napoleon, the other as a Doge of Venice ( echoing Carpaccio ).

The portrait of Suzanne Twelftree with its echoes of Frida Kahlo’s work is striking and challenging. There is also the striking Self Portrait in Wheelchair, with its unusual angles and viewpoint, revealing the restrictions he faces, and leading on to the whole discourse on artists and disability.

In the ‘People’ section paintings range from dizzying Brooklyn Bridge workers to that of a busy chef and also a homage to Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe in the picture Echelon Menwith Hill featuring a strange golf ball like clouds with the military base in the background.

A solitary bather at Bondi poses on the steps and we also see the posh QVB tea rooms and the elegant Adelaide Club dining room contrasted with the plastic dreariness of the State Library Café in Adelaide ( look! It’s Jeffrey Smart! )

The wonderful still lifes are also arresting close ups of Smarties or the stripey Chocolate Biscuit Dreaming for example ( not forgetting the donuts , Frog cakes and other wonderful textured foods that make you just hungry looking at them ) in their precisely observed and controlled detail. It also make one appreciate the finely detailed design and texture.

The Shaved Pigs Head and Lamb Rump paintings are rather disturbing and unsettling.

The landscapes are also glorious ranging from Adelaide to London  to Venice and elsewhere. There is an amazing sense of rushing speed with the works detailing planes, trains and trucks zooming everywhere.

At the back of the monograph there is a list of selected awards and exhibitions Maurovic has won /participated in. There is also a listing of all the works by Maurovic featured in the book and as well as a separate listing of the works by other artists included which are also acknowledged.

This monograph has been co-authored by Jennifer Palmer and Maggie Watson.

Jennifer Palmer is a retired broadcaster with ABC Radio National where she was responsible for the Social History Unit and other feature programs. She has also been a book reviewer and art reviewer for national newspapers, an interviewer for oral history collections and has published short stories.

Maggie Watson is an Art History Graduate of the University of Adelaide and holds a Masters in Fine and Decorative Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She worked in the Modern British Art department of Christies’s London before returning to Australia. As an art consultant she has written catalogue essays for several Australian artists, including Richard Maurovic’s Saatchi exhibition in 2014.

Category Arts, Architecture and Design
Format Jacketed hardback
Size 260 x 250 mm
ISBN 9781743054468
Extent 152 pages

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