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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History Latest Ocula Conversation
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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Latest Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Australia

Melbourne Art Guide

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, and is widely regarded as the cultural hub of Australia. It is a city rich in both contemporary and historical architecture, situated on the Yarra River.

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Hosting a population of nearly 5 million, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index rated Melbourne as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 through 2017, based on the city's investment in infrastructure, healthcare, and education. Traditional owners of the land identify as the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation.

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is one of the country's major institutions and includes the NGV International and NGV Australia. In 2017 the NGV launched the inaugural NGV Triennial, featuring the work of more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries.

In close proximity to the NGV is the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). Founded in 1983, ACCA is one of the country's most established non-collecting art spaces and is housed in a building spectacularly designed by Wood Marsh Architecture. A hop, skip, and a jump away is Buxton Contemporary, launched in 2018 with a major gift from the art collector Michael Buxton to the University of Melbourne, where the institution is located. Also nearby is a slew of engaging and diverse spaces such as the Australia Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Museum, Koorie Heritage Trust, Centre for Contemporary Photography, and Artbank.

Gertrude Contemporary can be found in Preston South. Recently moved from its original Gertrude Street location in Fitzroy, Gertrude Contemporary was founded in 1985 and has a contemporary art exhibition programme alongside a studio programme, with critical attention given to independent practices. Further out from the city centre is the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen. Established in 1934, today it houses one of Australia's most established collections of modernist works alongside a growing contemporary collection and sculpture garden.

Key commercial art spaces in Melbourne include Station Gallery, Anna Schwartz Gallery, ARC ONE Gallery, Neon Parc, Tolarno Galleries, Sarah Scout Presents, Niagara Galleries, and THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery. The next iteration of Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) will be in 2020.

Significant independent and artist-run spaces include Bus Projects, SEVENTH Gallery, BLINDSIDE, and Blak Dot Gallery, the latter of which presents a rigorous programme that prioritises the voices, politics, and material practices of indigenous artists.

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) is housed at Monash University's Caulfield Campus and presents an engaging programme of contemporary art exhibitions. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is another critical space housing an excellent exhibition programme outside of the city centre in a heritage-listed building.

Major festivals and other temporary staged programmes include MPavilion, an annual architectural commission located in the Queen Victoria Gardens. Each year in spring and summer the architectural structure is activated through a range of programmes from across popular and cultural discourse. This year the commission is undertaken by Glen Murcutt AO, and past iterations have included Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA, Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, and Amanda Levete of AL_A.

The other major festival of note in Melbourne is Next Wave Festival, which provides a critical platform for emerging artists, producers, and curators in Australia to develop their work and ideas for display and dissemination in public space.


Current Exhibition
4 April–9 May 2020
Justine Varga

Tachisme

Tolarno Galleries View Exhibition
Justine Varga, Influence (2018-19). Chromogenic photograph, 126 x 106 cm (image size). Courtesy Tolarno Galleries.
Current Exhibition
1 April–9 May 2020
Michael Cook

Livin’ the dream

This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein View Exhibition
Michael Cook, Livin' the dream (BBQ), (2020). Inkjet print on archival Hahnemuhle cotton rag, 120 x 180 cm, edition of 8 + 2APs. Courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY dianne tanzer + nicola stein. 
Current Exhibition
12 March–11 April 2020
Johnny Nargoodah & Trent Jansen

Partu (Skin)

Arc One Gallery View Exhibition
Johnny Nargoodah & Trent Jansen, Ngumu Janka Warnti (All Made from Rubbish) Bench (2020). New Zealand leather and aluminium, edition of 5 + 2 A/P, 1/5. Courtesy Arc One Gallery. 
Upcoming Exhibition
16 May–20 June 2020
Benjamin Armstrong
Tolarno Galleries View Exhibition
Benjamin Armstrong, the process of vanishing (2019) [work in progress detail]. Linoleum block and ink, 110 x 185 cm. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries. 
Upcoming Exhibition
27 June–25 July 2020
Amos Gebhardt

Night Horse

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Amos Gebhardt, Wraith (2019). Archival inkjet pigment print, 159 x 122 cm. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries.
Upcoming Exhibition
1–29 August 2020
Danie Mellor
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Danie Mellor, Untitled [work in progress detail] (2019). Oil and acrylic on canvas with iridescent pigment and wash. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries. 
Upcoming Exhibition
5 September–3 October 2020
Tim Johnson
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Tim Johnson, Thredbo blues singers [detail] (2019). Acrylic on linen, 61 x 91 cm. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries. 
Upcoming Exhibition
10 October–7 November 2020
Caroline Rothwell
Tolarno Galleries View Exhibition
Caroline Rothwell, Ballooning Cave (2014). UV stable structural PVC, 250 x 200 cm. Exhibited at Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art Dark Heart 2014. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries. 
Upcoming Exhibition
14 November–12 December 2020
Judy Watson
Tolarno Galleries View Exhibition
Judy Watson, string over water (alkurrji kingkarri wanami) (2019). Acrylic, graphite, pastel, watercolour pencil on canvas, 261 x 180.5 cm. Exhibited: Water Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art 2019. Courtesy Tolarno Galleries. 

Current Exhibitions In Melbourne

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Contemporary art exhibition, Justine Varga, Tachisme at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
4 April–9 May 2020 Justine Varga Tachisme Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael Cook, Livin’ the dream at This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
1 April–9 May 2020 Michael Cook Livin’ the dream This Is No Fantasy dianne tanzer + nicola stein, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Johnny Nargoodah & Trent Jansen, Partu (Skin) at Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
12 March–11 April 2020 Johnny Nargoodah & Trent Jansen Partu (Skin) Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Benjamin Armstrong, Benjamin Armstrong at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
16 May–20 June 2020 Benjamin Armstrong Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Amos Gebhardt, Night Horse at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
27 June–25 July 2020 Amos Gebhardt Night Horse Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Danie Mellor, Danie Mellor at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
1–29 August 2020 Danie Mellor Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Tim Johnson, Tim Johnson at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
5 September–3 October 2020 Tim Johnson Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Caroline Rothwell, Caroline Rothwell at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
10 October–7 November 2020 Caroline Rothwell Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Judy Watson, Judy Watson at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
14 November–12 December 2020 Judy Watson Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds By Emma-Kate Wilson, Melbourne

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson 's artworks. Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The...

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TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows Ocula Report TarraWarra International 2019: Tracing Tangible Shadows By Natalie King, Melbourne

Everyone I encounter along my journey asks: 'Where are you based?' 'On my feet,' I answer. 'Where are your feet based then?' 'Feet are never based,' I say. This haunting voiceover from Hiwa K 's video, Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017), follows the artist retracing a journey that he made when he was 25 years old, fleeing Iraq...

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Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Melbourne Art Shows to See: The Lowdown By Carol Que, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Week returns to much fanfare this year, taking place between 30 July and 5 August 2018 with the biennial Melbourne Art Fair holding centre stage after its hiatus in 2016 (2–5 August 2018). Situated across two venues within the Southbank Arts Precinct and presenting 40 new and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand and...

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Ocula Report: Spring 1883 Ocula Report Ocula Report: Spring 1883 By Amelia Winata, Melbourne

The VIP preview of Spring 1883’s 2016 edition was surely a contender for the most exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ ticket in town. Prior to the art fair’s opening, interested parties were told that requests for tickets would be denied and that only those who received an invitation would be permitted entry. It...

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