Visual Arts

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2-3 JULY 2022

The National Indigenous Art Fair will return to the Sydney Harbour foreshore July 2-3 2022 to showcase creations from First Nations artists, designers and makers from around the nation for its third annual art market.

The art fair provides Sydneysiders with two uniquely immersive days of Indigenous Australian art, design, bushfood and culture, and takes place at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks. 

This iconic annual event showcases the latest award-winning ideas, creations and innovations from Indigenous artists, designers and makers from remote art centres across Australia. Continue reading NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ART FAIR 2-3 JULY 2022

ARCHIBALD PACKING ROOM PRIZE WINNER CLAUS STANGL

Brett Cuthbertson, Retiring Head Packer
Claus Stangl, Packing Room Prize Winner
Brett Cuthbertson, Claus Stangl. Michael Brand
The Archibald Prize Packing Room media scrum

Congratulations to Claus Stangl, who has won the Packing Room Prize 2022 for his portrait of director, writer, actor and producer Taika Waititi.

Stangl’s painting is one of 52 finalist works from 816 entries received for the Archibald Prize 2022.

This is the second time Stangl has been an Archibald finalist.

To see this work on display alongside the rest of our finalists, book your ticket to the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2022 exhibition today!

http://www.ag.nsw.gov.au

Featured image : Retiring Head Packer Brett Cuthbertson. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum

A UNIQUE FUNDRAISER : HER SHOES EXHIBITION @ JUNIPER HALL

This was one of those heartwarming nights.

Last Saturday night, at Paddington’s resplendent Juniper Hall people within the art collectors and figures from the arts community gathered  for a fundraising arts exhibition for  Lou’s Place, an inner city, privately funded,  refuge for women who are the victims of domestic violence and coercive control.

The exhibition is a co-production between Kim Chandler MacDonald, the award winning author and CEO/Co-Founder of software firm FlatWorld Integration Pty Ltd and legendary Australian artist Wendy Sharpe who has.been a winner of both the Archibald and Sulman prizes.

The exhibition comprises Wendy’s drawings of 52  pairs of different shoes with each work representing a woman who is killed through domestic violence each year in Australia. Each work is a signed  colourpastel drawing. Each work is valued at $1,900. Continue reading A UNIQUE FUNDRAISER : HER SHOES EXHIBITION @ JUNIPER HALL

MCA ANNOUNCES SYDNEY ARTIST BONITA ELY AS FIRST ARTIST IN FOCUS FOR 2022

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) has announces Sydney artist Bonita Ely as the first Artist Room focus in 2022, now open until 6 November 2022. The Artist Room is an ongoing exhibition series that invites visitors to surround themselves with the work of one artist and form a deeper understanding of their practice.

The eighth edition of the Artist Room series showcases the work of Sydney-based artist Bonita Ely. Since the 1970s, Bonita Ely’s work has explored environmental and socio-political issues grounded in the Australian context.

Curated by Manya Sellers, Associate Curator, Collection, the Artist Room features two of Ely’s performance works from the 1980s: Murray River Punch (1980) and Controlled Atmosphere (1983).

Born 1946, Mildura, Victoria, Ely is widely recognised for her trailblazing art practice that engages feminist critique and environmental commentary. Her early performances addressed the interactions and tensions between communities, other species and the natural environment, foregrounding critical questions of sustainability and custodianship. Continue reading MCA ANNOUNCES SYDNEY ARTIST BONITA ELY AS FIRST ARTIST IN FOCUS FOR 2022

IF THE STARS WERE MINE : A SOLO EXHIBITION BY THERESA HUNT

Theresa Hunt ‘Luna Blue’

 

Redfern Gallery Curatorial+Co. is pleased to announce a gripping new solo  exhibition showcasing work by Sydney contemporary artist Theresa Hunt. Running till 7  May 2022, If the Stars Were Mine comprises 16 large scale oil works on canvas inspired by the  artist’s life immersed by the natural landscapes of Australia and Europe.  

Hunt has lived all over the world with her family and taken inspiration from the hills of Tuscany,  slopes of Austria, forests of Romania and, now, the beaches and bays of Pittwater in Sydney’s  northern beaches, where she is based. The artist describes the new collection of paintings as ‘a wash  of impressions and wonders inspired by the natural world, memories and evocations from my life.’ 

The artist’s creative process aims to blend emotions to capture the atmosphere of the world around  her, and from there a landscape begins to form on canvas. Hunt believes every stroke and application  of paint is an outpouring of her personal expression that has been stirred by specific moments. This  new collection includes points of inspiration such as the serene first light in front of the ocean, an  imminent storm threatening the horizon, or a headland rising out of an oppressive fog. From this  sensitive process, the artist works to create an intensely atmospheric balance of colour and tone.  Continue reading IF THE STARS WERE MINE : A SOLO EXHIBITION BY THERESA HUNT

ART AND ACTIVISM IN THE NUCLEAR AGE @ TIN SHEDS GALLERY

The second atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll on July 25, 1946. The Marshall Islands, where Bikini is located, is suing the U.S. for what it calls a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Fire Marukilri

This timely and superb exhibition is on until May 14. Don’t miss it. It’s free. Take the teenagers. Tell your friends.

First, what is the Tin Shed Gallery? It is not a tin shed. Perhaps it once was, as the gallery was started in 1969. Now, it is a beautiful large space with a pleasant outdoor patio on City Road at the University of Sydney. It is on a bus route and there is convenient parking behind, on Maze Crescent.

Why is this exhibition timely? Because Russia’s Putin invaded the Ukraine and he has hinted at using nuclear weapons if other countries try to stop the takeover. Is it the fifties all over again? The exhibition includes a timeline of the nuclear age. Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, much work has been done to keep the threat of mutual destruction under control. In 1996 the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed by 185 countries. In 2017 Australia’s International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Prize in recognition of its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons. ICAN got 122 nations to sign the treaty prohibiting such weapons.  Continue reading ART AND ACTIVISM IN THE NUCLEAR AGE @ TIN SHEDS GALLERY

ART EXPRESS 2022 CLOSES ANZAC DAY

A Portait in Frequency by Kittu Hoyne
Animated Identity by Zev Donovan
Emergence by Bella Luu
FRACK by Emily McGhee

Perspectives of a Negative Space by Amelia Medbury
Stop The Spread by Kaitlyn Mateta
Within Passing by Ivy Riddle (video still)

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is delighted to present ARTEXPRESS 2022, a showcase of outstanding artworks developed by young artists from across NSW for the art-making component of the Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination in Visual Arts in 2021. One of the Art Gallery’s most popular exhibitions, the annual showcase provides insight into students’ creativity and the issues important to them.

This year’s exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW features 43 bodies of work selected from 8440 student works submitted for the 2021 HSC, including works by students from government and non-government schools from across metropolitan and regional NSW.

The 39th edition of ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery encompasses a broad range of approaches and expressive forms, including ceramics, collection of works, documented forms, designed objects, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre, and time-based media.  Continue reading ART EXPRESS 2022 CLOSES ANZAC DAY

ARTIST ATONG ATEM AWARDED INAUGURAL LA PRAIRIE ART AWARD

Atong Atem. Pic Kris Toffer

Melbourne-based artist Atong Atem is the first recipient of the La Prairie Art Award, an acquisitive award championing the work of Australian women artists presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, and La Prairie.

A new partnership between the Art Gallery and Swiss luxury skincare house La Prairie, the prestigious award supports Australian women artists through the development or expansion of a new body of work. The La Prairie Art Award aims to support and nurture the recipient’s practice and increase their international profile. Each work will be acquired by the Art Gallery for its collection.

Atong Atem was selected as the inaugural recipient of the award by the Art Gallery of NSW and La Prairie’s global board of directors. Atem was awarded for her originality and ambitiously crafted and vibrant photographic portraits that celebrate their subjects.

The La Prairie Art Award also provides the recipient an international artist residency. As part of the award Atem will travel to Zurich, Switzerland and attend the Art Basel international art fair as a VIP guest of the Swiss luxury house.

Atem is an Ethiopian-born, South Sudanese artist and writer based in Melbourne who works predominantly in photography, often using portraiture to explore migrant stories and post-colonial histories of the African diaspora and examine lines of community and connection.

Atem’s work A yellow dress, a bouquet 2022 is a sequential self-portrait consisting of five photographs in which Atem appears in close-up, her face brightly painted. In this work, Atem gestures towards the tropes of classical western paintings traditions, through the postures she assumes and the symmetry of the sequence, while maintaining what she refers to as a “decidedly African, postcolonial aesthetic style” through an emphatic use of colour and texture.

On receiving the La Prairie Art Award, Atem said she was grateful and honoured to be the inaugural recipient.

‘I am enormously proud to win an award dedicated to contemporary Australian women artists, especially knowing how many remarkable women artists there are working in Australia today. I am thrilled to have this major work acquired by the Art Gallery and I would like to thank La Prairie for the opportunity to create new avenues for my career internationally,’ said Atem.

Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand said the Art Gallery is pleased to partner with La Prairie to offer the new art award to support women artists.

‘The La Prairie Art Award will support the ambitions of women artistsand enable their artistic practice to grow in new directions. We are thrilled by the possibilities this partnership creates for Atong Atem and all future recipients,’ Brand said.

Art Gallery of NSW deputy director and director of collections, Maud Page said, ‘This new award recognises the dynamic and critical work being undertaken by contemporary Australian women artists and will assist to share their work with the world. The award also underscores the Art Gallery’s commitment to acquiring the work of exceptional women artists and to showcasing the central role of women artists in art and culture.’

Art Gallery of NSW senior curator of Australian contemporary art Isobel Parker Philipsaid, ‘In A yellow dress, a bouquet, Atem extends her ongoing preoccupation with self-portraiture and builds on the stylistic mannerisms of her early Studio Series from 2015 that in part responded to the history of mid-twentieth century African studio portraiture, specifically the work of Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta.

‘Through her hyper-stylised costumes and make-up, Atem draws attention to the staging inherent to the studio scene, but such ornamentation also carries political weight. For Atem, the face-paint is a symbol of aesthetic alienation and a reaction against the idealisation of whiteness.’

The Swiss luxury skin care house La Prairie is known worldwide for itssupport of the arts and of daring women artists. La Prairie is a major sponsor of Art Basel Hong Kong, Basel and Miami since 2017, and of major art fairs FIAC Paris, Frieze New York and London and West Bund in Shanghai.

La Prairie chief marketing officer Greg Prodromides said, ‘The La Prairie Art Award is the first art initiative of its kind for La Prairie in Australia. As a brand deeply engaged in art and culture, we are very pleased through this award to be able to provide women artists an exciting opportunity to expand their practice and give them a stronger voice.’

The Art Gallery of NSW will display the La Prairie Art Award 2022 winning works from Tuesday 15 March to Sunday 22 May 2022.

The health and safety of visitors is the top priority of the Art Gallery, which is closely following NSW Public Health Orders. Visitors to the Art Gallery are required to comply with Public Health Orders and are encouraged to plan their visit by reviewing the COVID-safe guidelines on our website.

Join the conversation @artgalleryofnsw @laprairie @atongatem #LaPrairieArtAward

Featured image :Atong Atem. Photo: Felicity Jenkins © AGNSW. 

 

 

FINDING MIKEY : A NEW EXHIBITION BY JOI MURUGAVELL

Joi Murugavell ‘The Carnival Of The Animals’

Australian emerging artist Joi Murugavell will unveil her first solo exhibition in seven years in Sydney from 29 April until 2 May 2022. The exhibition, presented by art advisor Sarah Birtles, will be held at Peach Black Gallery in Chippendale.  Titled FINDING MIKEY, the exhibition features 13 new works by the artist, including five ‘double-mattress-sized’ paintings, five collaged ‘toy paintings’ and a large-scale installation work that capture the spontaneity and humour of life.

Sarah Birtles, who represents the artist in Australia, says Murugavell has gained a strong following in Asia in recent years, exhibiting at major art fairs including ART021 Shanghai, KIAF Korea and Art Taiwan and presenting work with galleries in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Art Advisor Sarah Birtles comments: “Joi’s work captures the sublime and the ridiculous all rolled in together, with bittersweet observations that get to the heart of human experience.  Her talent is bringing everyday moments into joyous physical expression. Viewing Joi’s work in the flesh is a visceral experience – taking in at close range every brush stroke, pompom and pun, invites a strong response that draws you into the artist’s imagination at its most playful and poignant”. Continue reading FINDING MIKEY : A NEW EXHIBITION BY JOI MURUGAVELL

SENSAI : A NEW EXHIBITION @ CLOVELLY’S MAKINGTIME GALLERY

SENSAI (繊細 – Japanese for delicate) a group show at Clovelly’s new Making Time Gallery, brings together the work of ceramic artists Annarie Hildebrand, Mineko Shimazawa and Asahi So.

The artists (graduating students from the Advanced Diploma of Ceramics program of TAFE NSW Hornsby) make varied works, but all have a sense of refinement in common – Hildebrand’s architectural slipcast vessels combine her printmaking experience with the ceramic medium, while Shimazawa’s featherlight porcelain forms capture the sky in its ever-changing nature. So’s botanically-inspired hybrid pieces round out the trio, combining ceramic components with wire in unexpected ways.

The exhibition runs from Wednesday April 27 to Sunday May 8, 2022 with the opening afternoon event to be held from 2-5pm on Saturday April 30 at Makingtime Gallery, 23 Burnie Street, Clovelly, NSW 2023.

The event is free. For further information, please contact the gallery.  at  https://makingtime.com.au/ or info@makingtime.com.au

Featured image : A ceramic work by Mink Shimazawa, Annarie Hildebrand and Asahi So. Pic by Greg Piper

WENDY SHARPE’S ARTWORKS RAISING FUNDS FOR LOU’S PLACE

Acclaimed Archibald prize winning artist Wendy Sharpe has drawn 52 pairs of shoes for a special fundraising  exhibition with each work representing a woman who, on average, is killed through domestic violence each  week in Australia. Each work is a signed colour pastel drawing. 

The exhibition called HER SHOES will open at Juniper Hall, Paddington on April 29. The exhibition aims to  raise $100,000. Each work by Wendy Sharpe is $1,900. 

The exhibition is a co-production between Wendy and Kim Chandler McDonald, the award-winning author  and CEO/Co-Founder of leading edge software firm FlatWorld Integration Pty Ltd. Kim’s last book,  Postcards From Tomorrow, which was illustrated by Wendy, also raised money for and awareness of the  immensely important work that Lou’s Place does in aiding victims of domestic violence and coercive  control. 

In Australia an average of one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner and almost  40% of women continue to experience violence from their partner while temporarily separated.  Continue reading WENDY SHARPE’S ARTWORKS RAISING FUNDS FOR LOU’S PLACE

AUSTRALIAN ARTWORK BREAKS RECORDS AT LLOYDS

An extremely rare piece of fine art, a Jeffrey Smart painting has broken auction records, selling under the hammer at Lloyds Auctions for $210k late last week, setting a new benchmark for Australian artists.

Jeffrey Smart is an iconic Australian realist painter, and his work has been on show in museums around Australia and abroad with a current exhibition of his works right now being held in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra until May.

The rare painting that went under the hammer was the ‘Second Study for Railway Bridge, 1996’ an original oil painting on canvas, which is in excellent condition and was exhibited in Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane.

“This is a very important and iconic piece of artwork, and we were honoured to be able to deliver it to its new custodians who we hope will display and enjoy the artwork for many years to come,” said Ms. Amanda Benson, Head of Fine Art & Antiquities for Lloyds Auctions. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN ARTWORK BREAKS RECORDS AT LLOYDS

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : EASTER IN ART

From the wonderful Exhibition on Screen team, directed by Phil Grabsky,this is a luminous, beautifully photographed film that looks at how Western art over the millennia has depicted Christ’s suffering, Passion and Resurrection, possibly the most momentous historical event of all time. Shot on location in Jerusalem, the US and throughout Europe the film The film covers “the greatest story ever told”, as interpreted by many of the world’s most famous artists across the centuries.The story of Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection as told in the Christian Gospels eminently features in western culture for more than two millennia.

Depictions of what has come to be known as the “Easter story” appeared as early as the third century, came to dominance in the Renaissance period, and have continued to fascinate successive generations of contemporary painters. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, many of the western art world’s most famous masterpieces focus on the story of Jesus’ final days on earth.

While mostly showing Catholic works it also includes Protestant and Russian Orthodox pieces and examines the development and changes in styles in artworks over the years,often presenting and analysing them in detailed closeup. The film opens and closes with a midnight Russian Orthodox service, but we also observe Catholic liturgical ceremonies .The works range from Byzantine mosaics , include stained glass windows and include a sculpture created in 2000 and the iconic,looming statue of Christ in Rio. Among the dizzying number of artists included are Caravaggio, Dalí, El Greco, Giotto, Da Vinci (his Last Supper) , Holbein , Manet , Mantegna , Michelangelo ( his Pieta ), Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian and Velázquez It is the most illustrated narrative in Western history. Some famous artists are not included, for example Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau.

The mellifluous voices of Rupert Farley, Matt Wilkinson, David Rintoul and Glen McCready read the Gospels and assorted experts discuss the works and how the story resonates with us as we identify with Jesus as human, deeply empathising with Christ’s suffering, His loneliness and so on. While yes the narrative is uncomfortable, it is an intensely focused drama of courage, faith and love.

The film begins with depictions of Palm Sunday and Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, followed by His driving out the money lenders from the temple. Then we see Judas’ betrayal and his being paid (thirty pieces of silver).

The visual aspect of things was most important , dramatizing and explaining the story – most of the Medieval and Renaissance Christian art was for generally an illiterate congregation .We can identify with Christ as a human, his Passion, pain, loneliness and suffering : when He is hauled before Pilate and the handed over to the soldiers who bind, flagellate and taunt him and put a crown of thorns on His head. We see various depictions of the Crucifixion .The experts on screen discuss how the Byzantine and Medieval artists perhaps struggled technically and don’t really draw us in to the narrative whereas from roughly the sixteenth century , painters pushed the figures to the front of the picture, inviting us in and often looking out towards the viewer. Until about the fifteenth century, Christ and the angels ,Apostles and so on were depicted with golden halos.From roughly the seventeenth century no painter who sought to depict the human body would not attempt to paint the Crucifixion and involve us as if we were there. The powerful impact of the image of the Pieta is then discussed – it is ‘out of time and for all time’.

Which then brings us to the entombment and the Resurrection, Christ’s appearance to Mary Magdalene in the garden (‘noli me tangere’)and then the Apostles, and doubting Thomas ,followed by His Ascension.

Running time 90 minutes

https://exhibitiononscreen.com/films/easter-in-art/

EASTER IN ART screens at selected cinemas various dates and times from 5 April 2022

ART GALLERIES COMBINE IN ONLINE VENTURE

You’ve never seen Sydney’s iconic art, history and culture like this before.

Launching today, ‘Find Yourself’ is an uplifting new advertising campaign promoting Sydney’s iconic cultural institutions, created by Sydney agency Chisel in collaboration with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Powerhouse Museum, State Library of New South Wales, and Sydney Living Museums.

The first creative collaboration between the six cultural institutions and Chisel, ‘Find Yourself’ encourages Sydneysiders and tourists to again explore the city’s art galleries, museums, libraries and historic sites to discover immersive, reflective and surprising experiences. Continue reading ART GALLERIES COMBINE IN ONLINE VENTURE

SHAKESPEARE TO WINEHOUSE: FROM THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Oh my, The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra is beyond excited. Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London is open, right now!

Over 80 famous faces from across time and space are there and await your presence. That’s Shakespeare, Winehouse, Darwin, Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham. That’s Mandela, Malala, Churchill, Diana, Bowie, Sheeran, Westwood and others.

There’s fame, power, love, loss, innovation and the downright inspirational, all captured by iconic artists like Warhol, Hockney, Emin, van Dyck, Rubens and Freud.

If that wasn’t enough, the Gallery has got a lot going on around this British bonanza. From tours to talks, catalogues to concerts, food to froths, there’s something for everyone – and the Gallery can’t wait to share it all with you. So much so that the Gallery has extra daily exhibition tours on over the long weekend and every weekend in March.

This is absolutely a once-in-a-generation opportunity – showing exclusively with the Gallery – so keep calm and grab your ticket!

KIM LEUTWYER AND BLAK DOUGLAS FOR THE APRIL ARTIST DINNER

Kim Leutwyler in her studio
Blak Douglas and his self portrait ‘Tattoo’

Two of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists are the featured guests in the next Art Dinner at Guy Morgan Gallery, Surry Hills.

The new Surry Hills gallery hosts a special intimate dinner with artist interviews every four weeks as part of its hit series Friday Nights in the Gallery – which also features exhibitions, music, life drawing sessions and more -– each Friday until June!

Guy Morgan, the award-winning, English-born artist with multiple hangings in Australian prize exhibitions including the Archibald – opened his 531 Crown Street Gallery last year. This year – post-lockdown – Guy launched an exciting program of public events in his Gallery to start the new year in style in conjunction with the City of Sydney. The first dinner in the series showcased rising star Tania Wursig and Aboriginal Elder, Shane Smithers.

Guests at the next event – on Friday 8 April from 6.30pm – will enjoy the company of Kim Leutwyler and Blak Douglas.

Kim Leutwyler works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, print media and drawing. She holds degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kim’s current body of work features paintings exploring notions of beauty, gender and queer identity. She is a multiple-finalist in the Archibald Prize and her work has also been selected in the Sulman Prize, the Lester Prize and the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Kim has exhibited in multiple galleries and museums throughout Australia and the United States.

Blak Douglas won the prestigious 2021 National Still Life Award and the 2019 Kilgour Prize for portraiture. Self-taught in painting with a style influenced by the study of graphic design & devoutly politicised through social justice, Blak enjoys ‘floating within the cosmic spiritual melting-pot of the domestic art ether, appreciating the “love / hate” critiques of art which fester like viruses, and make our world immeasurably arousing.

Upcoming guest artists include the inimitable Claudia Chan Shaw, and the inestimable Evert Ploeg (6 May), with the date for Tasmanian Furniture and Lighting Designer Duncan Meerding, and Disability Arts Advocate and eminent Audio Describer Imogen Yang to be announced.

Every event is unique, entertaining, educational and fun with great company in intimate, limited numbers. These exclusive events featuring three courses of fine food sourced from local restaurants. And with just 12 spots available for each dinner, bookings are essential.

Friday Nights in the Gallery has teamed with local businesses to bring regular events to Surry Hills. Life drawing sessions take place fortnightly and exhibitions open every four weeks.

The GALLERY is now open at 531 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
For more information and bookings visit www.guymorgan.com/events or email guy@guymorgan.com

Featured image : Artist Tania Wursig in her studio.

 

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR COMING TO ROYAL RANDWICK IN JUNE

 

Affordable Art Fair is coming to Sydney for the first time this winter! Debuting in the brand new Winx Stand at Royal Randwick Racecourse, the event will showcase works from over 30 Australian and international galleries, featuring a variety of both emerging and established artists.

Over four days, art aficionados will be able to browse and buy artworks, have their prized pieces wrapped onsite, and discover something new each day with all works rotated as they sell. A myriad of art forms will be available including painting, sculpture, installation, photography and limited-edition prints. With prices starting at $100 and capping at $10,000, there will be something to suit every taste, space and spend. Continue reading AFFORDABLE ART FAIR COMING TO ROYAL RANDWICK IN JUNE

KYRA MANCKTELOW’S EXHIBITION : GUBBA UP @ N. SMITH GALLERY

 

Gubba Up investigates the destruction of Aboriginal culture by covering up blak skin. Jackets and coats were significant objects during the earliest encounters between First Nations peoples and the First Fleet. Drawing upon the histories of these garments reveals the impact of colonialism and what Indigenous people fought against to maintain their identity today. While gifted to Aboriginal men, these jackets were a way to cover the naked bodies of savages in this new land. To be naked was to be savage.

‘Gubba’ loosely translates to ‘white’. To gubba up is to whiten up; to whiten up is to cover up. These and other systemic incursions are continual forms of the colonial regime imposed over Aboriginal land and people, and for Kyra Mancktelow, a key component of her ongoing investigation into garments and their unwritten histories.

Kyra’s multi-faceted series serve as starting point for her audience to learn more about the history of Australian colonial garments and their impact of Indigenous culture. The jackets worn by warriors have not survived, the artefacts are absent. It is not possible to see or touch the real fabric, study the colour, cut, stitching, buttons, piping, braid, the tears and stains. These coats and jackets are ghost artefacts, recorded only in the paintings and words of colonial power, and then often conveyed through thick lenses of ridicule, revulsion or pity.

Kyra Macktelow’s exhibition  GUBBA Up is currently  on display at the N.Smith Gallery, 6 Napier Street, Paddington

NEW BLACKTOWN EXHIBITION CELEBRATES CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

Path to my Country – Robyn Caughlan

Blacktown Arts announce the launch of Blacktown Proper Way: Us Women, Us Men, an exhibition and public program series that celebrates and reconnects with the traditional and contemporary forms of cultural practices specific to the many NSW specific Aboriginal nations who are connected to and call Blacktown home.

This takes place on the land of Darug people and we acknowledge and respect Darug cultural practices and ongoing custodianship. Blacktown Proper Way: Us Women, Us Men is curated by Jamie Eastwood and Dr Virginia Keft.

The exhibition runs from Friday 4 March – Saturday 2 April 2022.

In traditional Aboriginal cultures, women and men had distinct and gender specific roles they performed in their communities. Blacktown Proper Way maintains these ancient and evolving traditions of women’s and men’s business, as the many artists that call Blacktown home come together to explore and celebrate the uniqueness of producing art from a culturally proper way perspective. The exhibition runs from Friday 4 March – Saturday 2 April 2022. Continue reading NEW BLACKTOWN EXHIBITION CELEBRATES CULTURE AND COMMUNITY

MIGUEL OLMO : (UN) SOLICITED @ DISORDER GALLERY

(un)Solicited, presented by Disorder Gallery as part of Art Month Sydney 2022, introduces a series of new collages exploring cultural hybridity that continue to make use of Miguel’s personal vocabulary of calligraffiti inspired forms.

The series, first conceived when Miguel was working as a secular Visual Arts teacher at both an Islamic and Christian high schools, connect not only different aspects of his personal history, but also the broader past to the present.

For millennia, Spain’s contested territory has been a cultural melting pot. Bridging, either willingly or by force, the divide between Europe and Africa and later the America’s. It is this constant fusion of cultural elements that interest Miguel and is manifested in (un)Solicited. The forms, that make up the collages, although essentially modern in its spirit and influence, owe as much to the development of calligraphy in the islamic world as it does to the seemingly free-form of contemporary urban scrawl that permeates much of our urbanscape.

Miguel’s collages, even though they resemble words you might find sprayed across a wall, don’t actually represent any particular letters or characters. Like a Victorian-era cabinet of curiosities, the forms are pinned in place in an attempt to fix them in time, frozen for prosperity.

Removed from their context, and presented as an extinct specimen for future generations to ponder at, are at the same time devoid of any meaning yet pregnant with multiple interpretations.

Exhibition page: https://www.disordergallery.com/disordernews/do55-unsolicited-miguel-olmo

Title: (un)Solicited
Artist: Miguel Olmo
Gallery: Disorder Gallery, door 108 corner of Stanley and Bourke Streets Darlinghurst
Exhibition period: 3-12 March 2022

 

BILLY BAIN DECONSTRUCTS MANLY AT MANLY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM

Local artist Billy Bain is challenging colonial narratives of masculinity with his unique exhibition Being Manly at Manly Art Gallery & Museum (25 March – 19 June 2022).

An Indigenous man born and raised in the Manly area, his paintings and ceramic artworks playfully examine popular iconography and histories of the area while referencing the continued presence of the traditional custodians of this land.

“When Captain Arthur Phillip encountered the Gayemagal people in 1788 he was impressed by their ‘confidence and manly behaviour’, so he named the area Manly Cove,” Mr Bain said.

“Though Manly’s cultural identity pertaining to masculinity has remained, cultural icons such as the surfer, the lifeguard and the footballer have emerged and shifted the public’s perception of what it means to be ‘Manly’.

Being Manly seeks to unsettle colonial narratives of masculinity by playfully deconstructing popular iconography and histories related to Manly’s cultural identity.” Continue reading BILLY BAIN DECONSTRUCTS MANLY AT MANLY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM

EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : FRIDA KAHLO

The latest from the Exhibition on Screen team is a biopic about Mexican artist FRIDA KAHLO directed by Ali Ray.

Who was Frida Kahlo really? Many people think they know her, but who was the woman behind the bright colours, the monobrow, and the floral crowns? It seeks to find out – what were her intentions behind her paintings? What is the story behind her work?

The documentary was created in collaboration with experts who knew Kahlo, and those that have studied and curated her work. The film includes voice-overs of letters Kahlo wrote, revealing her deepest emotions and analyses and uncovers the symbolism and secrets of her paintings . Continue reading EXHIBITION ON SCREEN : FRIDA KAHLO

BLUETHUMBS ART PRIZE FINALISTS EXHIBITION STARTS TOMORROW

Renowned Sydney artist George Hall
Bluethumb’s interior designer Alexandra Stavrou

A new exhibition taking place in Sydney from this week will be a celebration of one of Australia’s favourite artists.

Hosted by 1 Denison in North Sydney, the exhibition will feature works from the renowned Sydney artist, George Hall.

Inspired by dance, movement and depth, the artworks in this exhibition are created with a “let it flow” mindset, giving spontaneity to organised flow across the canvas.

“Mistakes are the most wonderful thing,” says Hall.

Hall creates his artworks using mixed media techniques to showcase the skill and colour combination he has mastered over the years. Each artwork inspires him to create the next.

The unmistakably colourful world of Hall has become well known with public and private collectors in Australia and all over the world.

George has become an important part of Bluethumb, becoming a bestseller and one of the most enduring popular artists.

Bluethumb’s interior designer Alexandra Stavrou, who has co-ordinated the exhibition, says the exhibition is testament to the resilience of Australian artists and public recognition of their contributions to our society.

“Last year was tough for everyone and George has helped Aussies by reminding us of the beauty of life,” Stavrou says.

National art framer Avi Efrat, founder and CEO of Fantastic Framing, which assisted with framing and installing the exhibition, says George’s art works are always in high demand.

“George’s bright and bubbly art works are among the most sought-after by my clients when it comes to framing,” Efrat says.

Art lovers can catch the exhibition at the ground floor foyer of 1 Denison in North Sydney from 23 February to the end of May.

Featured artist : George Hall ‘At Coogee Gardens’.