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‘Murrŋiny: A Story of Metal from the East’ opens today at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Parap, Darwin and runs until mid-September.
In contrast to the traditional stripping of bark from trees, this group of Yolngu artists cut scrap metal to create a base for their artworks. (Photograph supplied: David Wickens, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre)
With the help of an angle grinder, Yolngu artist Gunybi Ganambarr pulled apart an old water tank in his remote Arnhem Land home and reassembled it into striking etched artworks — something critics are labelling “revolutionary”. An art director says this recent exhibition of Yolngu art is the first of its kind. Read more
In her free monthly newsletter, Notes from A Book Addict, Susannah, one of our favourite ADFAS Lecturers, shares all that she loves about literature at the moment. One of her most frequently received comments is, “Oh I wish I had had somebody like you teaching me English when I was at school.”
If you have enjoyed Susannah’s talks, you’ll hear that same voice in her writing. Let Susannah be your literary guide.
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2022
Exhibition dates: 14 May – 28 August 2022
The Archibald is arguably Australia’s most significant portrait competition as well as being its most controversial. This year saw the highest known number of entries from Aboriginal artists (20) and the highest number of Aboriginal finalists in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes overall (27). It is the 101st year of the Archibald, and a different exhibition space gives it a fresh look. Whatever your opinion of the finalists’ entries, a visit makes for stimulating conversation and personal reflection.
Blak Douglas won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist Karla Dickens – the first time a portrait of an Aboriginal woman has been awarded the prize. He is the second Aboriginal artist to win the Archibald, following Vincent Namatjira’s landmark win in 2020.
The Wynne prize for landscape painting went to Queenland artist Nicholas Harding. Eora recalls the Sydney landscape. Harding writes, ‘The locations observed for this landscape are now small, dwindling pockets amongst suburban developments. The dragonflies, which are not easy to find, are symbols of change, transformation, adaptability and self-realisation.’
The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject or genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist and often throws light on the unexpected. This year it was won by Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro for their colourful work Raiko and Shuten-dōji.
Image: Blak Douglas, Moby Dickens
The Picasso Century
Exhibition Dates: 10 June to 9 October 2022
See Picasso in a new light at the world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, The Picasso Century.
By exploring Picasso’s career through his artistic and intellectual engagement with his peers, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the artistic legacy of one of the 20th century’s most influential and celebrated artists, as well as the community of artists from which he emerged. See works by many of the artists with whom he intersected throughout his career, including Dorothea Tanning, Françoise Gilot, Georges Braque, Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar, Henri Matisse, and more.
Curated by noted scholar of 20th century art Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Picasso Century examines the diverse influences, encounters and collaborative relationships that steered Picasso through many distinct artistic periods, such as his Blue Period, Cubism and Surrealism, and draws lines between Picasso’s famous creations and he world around him.
Image Pablo Picasso Woman in an armchair (Femme dans un fauteuil) summer 1927
Musée national Picasso-Paris
Yayoi Kusama – The Spirit of the Pumpkins Descended into the Heavens
Until April 2023
Described as ‘the world’s most popular artist’, Yayoi Kusama (Japan, b. 1929) is best known for her immersive polka-dot and mirror installations. Over the course of her 60-year career, she has engaged with an expansive idea of space and the human body. She uses several recurring motifs – dots, eyes, nets and pumpkins – to investigate repetition and to create sensory experiences that hint at the infinite.
THE SPIRITS OF THE PUMPKINS DESCENDED INTO THE HEAVENS is an installation comprising a vibrant yellow room overrun with black polka dots of various sizes. At its centre is a mirrored box, inside which are several dozen illuminated pumpkin sculptures that can be seen through windows. The pumpkins, endlessly reflected in the room’s internal mirrors, are also vivid yellow and adorned with dots. The dazzling combination of dots, mirrors and pumpkins creates an optical illusion – a sensation of infinite space and colour.
Rauschenberg and Johns: significant others
11 June – 30 October
At the height of the Abstract expressionist movement – a new avant-garde began to materialise from the same-sex relationship between two young artists – Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. During the homophobic 1950s, from their run-down New York studios, Rauschenberg and Johns began a private creative dialogue, collapsing the distinction between art and life.
Jasper and I used to start each day by having to move out from Abstract expressionism. We were the only people who were not intoxicated with [them].’
In 2022, the National Gallery of Australia celebrates the fortieth anniversary of its opening to the Australian public. Such a significant anniversary warrants reflection on the past, celebration in the present and thoughtfulness for the future. Rauschenberg & Johns: significant others allows us to do exactly this. This exhibition is drawn from the Kenneth E Tyler Collection of prints, the core of which was acquired in 1973 by the National Gallery’s inaugural Director James Mollison AO. Mollison was alerted by the Australian art critic Robert Hughes, then based in the United States, to the possibility of acquiring a group of rare artists prints, proofs and states created at the Los Angeles workshop Gemini Graphic Editions Limited (Gemini GEL). With the help of master printer Kenneth Tyler, artists at Gemini GEL were guided through complex print processes, while also being encouraged to ‘throw out the rule book’. Two important artists that Tyler worked with in the early years of the workshop were Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Both artists readily understood the innovations that Tyler sought to achieve and would make prints in collaboration with the master printer that redefined their artistic practices.
Image Jasper Johns, Gemini G.E.L., Bent “Blue”; from Fragments – according to what, 1971, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra
The Soul Trembles
18 June to 3 October 2022
‘The Soul Trembles’ highlights twenty-five years of Chiharu Shiota’s artistic practice. She’s renowned internationally for her transformative, large-scale installations constructed from millions of fine threads that cluster in space or form complex webs that spill from wall to floor to ceiling. Shiota’s beautiful and disquieting works express the intangible: memories, dreams, anxiety and silence.
Curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ is the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s work to date and centres on these seductive constructions, contextualising them with works on paper, sculpture and documentation of the artist’s performance and theatre practice.
Image Chiharu Shiota, Japan b.1972 / Accumulation – Searching for the Destination
Art heists, by nature, typically target museums and galleries. They are where most masterpieces and priceless works are housed, their whereabouts not being a secret – the targeted loot is common knowledge for those that are inclined that way. And once the art pieces are selected for procurement, the heist itself can be planned and executed seamlessly, as museums and large galleries are places teeming with thousands of daily visitors. How is the half-asleep security guard to know that the solemn, non-descript man taking in the Van Gogh or Rembrandt isn’t plotting its forthcoming departure? But, of course, not all art heists fit the mould. And for our final entry in Great Art Heists of History, we will be observing a heist not targeting the Louvre or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but a private residence. That doesn’t make the crime any less impressive, however, for 2015’s heist of five Francis Bacon paintings from an apartment in Madrid has gone down as the largest contemporary art heist in recent Spanish history. Read more