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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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A journey into intimacy: Exploring the art of Joy Hester and Patricia Piccinini Related Press A journey into intimacy: Exploring the art of Joy Hester and Patricia Piccinini The Sydney Morning Herald : 30 November 2018

'Most people look at my pieces and find them repulsive," says Patricia Piccinini of her sculptures, "but all my work is about love.'Piccinini has spent years working across many media, but it's her sculptures that have resonated the most – at once hyper-real and other-worldly, they throw up questions and provoke mixed emotions, with...

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Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Related Press Intimate and Grotesque: Patricia Piccinini's Hyper-Real Sculptures of Imaginary Life Forms Broadsheet : 26 November 2018

It's six o'clock in the morning and I'm in a hot air balloon high above the Yarra Valley to get a glimpse of the Skywhale. She floats majestically in the morning sky, all 10 breasts hanging pendulously. It's very rare to see her in flight, and even now we can't get that close. At 34 metres tall she's pretty hard to miss. She's also unwieldy and far...

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Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … Related Video & Audio Patricia Piccinini & Joy Hester: Through love … TarraWarra Museum of Art : 22 November 2018

Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia's most internationally recognised contemporary artists and Joy Hester (1920-60), the pivotal female artist of Melbourne's 'Heide circle' and one of Australia's most celebrated modernists, are presented together in the world first exhibition.Patricia Piccinini and Victoria Lynn, Director of the TarraWarra Museum...

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Paul Yore on the radical slowness of craft Related Press Paul Yore on the radical slowness of craft art guide : 8 November 2018

For Paul Yore's latest solo exhibition at Neon Parc, Your Capital is at Risk, the artist has mined his own practice in the same way he mines popular culture: pulling together every possible scrap of material into a jangling visual cacophony. Alongside two-dimensional textiles and a suite of new large soft-sculptural works, Yore has peeled back his...

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Interview with Justene Williams Related Video & Audio Interview with Justene Williams NGV Melbourne : 19 October 2018

Justene Williams discusses her diverse arts practice and giving new life to found objects. See Pleasure & Reality at NGV Australia. Free.

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In the Galleries: Seven Shows to See in September Related Press In the Galleries: Seven Shows to See in September Broadsheet : 13 September 2018

Eavesdropping and State of the UnionThese two shows at the Ian Potter Museum delve back through the centuries but find a strong contemporary relevance. Protests have always made use of urgent and eye-catching design, and that's in full effect at State of the Union, which looks at the relationship between unions and artists with striking results.

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The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Related Press The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Broadsheet Media : 9 January 2018

In an empty, dark room in the NGV this summer, you’ll find dozens of people wandering around in circles looking at the lights on the floor. It’s a digital simulation of the movement of water – like wading through phosphorescent pools. Visitors drag beams of light around with their feet while overhead an ambient, choral soundtrack plays.

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“Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s” at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Related Press “Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s” at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Art Radar : 15 September 2017

Art Radar takes a look at some of the highlights from the exhibition featuring more than 100 works and ephemera from the museum's collection and beyond. Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s, on at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) until 1 October 2017, explores diverse cultural phenomena. Ranging from grunge to techno, identity...

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John Young: None Living Knows Related Press John Young: None Living Knows Art Almanac : 10 June 2017

There is a remarkable history in Australia; one that is scarcely known. As artist John Young's exhibition title surmises, None Living Knows; a line borrowed from a W.B. Yeats poem. Like many histories in Australia that don't fit the dominant European narrative, it remains only a soft murmur.

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'Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia' at the Arts Centre Melbourne Related Press 'Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia' at the Arts Centre Melbourne Art Radar Journal : 25 April 2017

A new exhibition at the Arts Centre Melbourne gathers together the pioneers of performance art in Southeast Asia. Political Acts: Pioneers of Performance Art in Southeast Asia, part of the Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts events across the city will be on until 21 May 2017.

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EMILY CORMACK NAMED CURATOR OF TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL 2018 Related Press EMILY CORMACK NAMED CURATOR OF TARRAWARRA BIENNIAL 2018 ArtAsiaPacific : 23 April 2017

On April 20, Emily Cormack was named curator of the 2018 TarraWarra Biennial (8/10/18–11/4/18). The Melbourne-based Cormack is a freelance curator and writer who has worked on projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region and in Italy, including managing the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

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'Sovereignty' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art Related Press 'Sovereignty' at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art ArtAsiaPacific : 23 March 2017

Since 1788, Australia's indigenous populations have been subjected to mass traumas due to the explicit and insidious incursions of settler colonies. These traumas remain unhealed, though the current sociopolitical climate not only fosters advocacy by both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to acknowledge the violent settlement of Australia, but...

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'Who’s Afraid of Colour?': 118 Aboriginal women artists at NGV Australia Related Press 'Who’s Afraid of Colour?': 118 Aboriginal women artists at NGV Australia Art Radar Journal : 16 March 2017

The diverse work of Indigenous Australian women artists is celebrated through the thematic framework of the exhibition Who's Afraid of Colour? at the Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Australia from 16 December 2016 to 17 April 2017. Its intention is to explore Aboriginal women artists as innovators and transformers of tradition...

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Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Related Press Australian artists and galleries in Art Basel, Hong Kong Art Almanac : 16 March 2017

From 23 to 25 March, the 5th edition of Art Basel, Hong Kong will showcase 242 premier galleries from 34 countries and territories—including Australia—presenting works of the highest quality, ranging from the Modern period of the early 20th century to today's most contemporary artists in three specific categories: Galleries,...

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Contemporary Categorisation Related Press Contemporary Categorisation Aesthetica Magazine : 17 February 2017

Photography, objects and antiques come together for the National Gallery of Victoria's, Melbourne, encyclopaedic display Patrick Pound: The Great Exhibition. The New Zealand born artist is fascinated by the process of categorisation, his work suggesting that meaning can be found in the accumulation of items.

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William Eggleston: 'Portraits' Related Press William Eggleston: 'Portraits' Aesthetica Magazine : 4 January 2017

Portraits surveys the career of the ground-breaking American artist who is regarded as a pioneer of colour photography. The exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, brings together more than 100 works, characterised by their vivid, poetic and enigmatic depiction of people in diners, petrol stations, phone booths and supermarkets....

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer The Sydney Morning Herald : 28 December 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything, Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video performance and...

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NGV: Celebrating Indigenous Female Art Related Press NGV: Celebrating Indigenous Female Art Aesthetica Magazine : 21 December 2016

Who's Afraid of Colour? at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, brings together over 200 creations from 118 indigenous Australian women. This multidisciplinary exhibition encompasses work from a range of mediums, from customary woven objects and bark paintings, to contemporary acrylic canvases and modern photographic digital compositions....

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Post-punk, high art and social critique: the makings of Mike Kelley Related Press Post-punk, high art and social critique: the makings of Mike Kelley i-D : 30 November 2016

The 1989 Los Angeles art scene represents a crucial period in contemporary art. Today creatives still turn to this incubator of post-punk for inspiration and intimidation. Central to this world was the late Mike Kelley, who worked alongside other icons like Paul McCarthy and Raymond Pettibon to challenge how we digested material from mass culture...

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A rare chance to see Mike Kelley's work Related Press A rare chance to see Mike Kelley's work Art Guide Australia : 3 November 2016

Despite a successful career spanning 35 years, it’s not easy to see work by the late American artist Mike Kelley in Australia.Geoff Newton, director of Neon Parc gallery, is a long-time fan of Kelley’s work, and this, combined with the fact that there hasn’t been a significant showing of his work since the 1984 Sydney...

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The thread of relationships: Chiharu Shiota at the Melbourne Arts Festival Related Press The thread of relationships: Chiharu Shiota at the Melbourne Arts Festival Art Radar Journal : 13 October 2016

Throughout October Chiharu Shiota presents two installations in conjunction with the Melbourne Arts Festival, an international festival that presents events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia over 17 days from 6 to 23 October 2016.The exhibition Absent Bodies is on show from 7 October until 5 November 2016 at...

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'Endless Circulation,' TarraWarra Biennial 2016 Related Press 'Endless Circulation,' TarraWarra Biennial 2016 Art Agenda : 12 September 2016

Contemporary biennials are never simply showcases for new work: they bear the weight of meta-commentary. As they struggle to articulate the conditions of their own production and reception, they become lightning rods for debates, not least those concerning art world complicity with, or resistance to, globalization. The networks and flows of art...

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'Endless Circulation': 5 highlights from TarraWarra Biennial 2016 Related Press 'Endless Circulation': 5 highlights from TarraWarra Biennial 2016 Art Radar Journal : 8 September 2016

Since 2006 the TarraWarra Biennial has collaborated with the journal Discipline to produce the experimental curatorial platform. Art Radar selects some highlights from the latest Biennial at TarraWarra Museum of Art.In its fifth edition, the 2016 TarraWarra Biennial showcases key trends in Australian art practice. Held from 20 August to 6...

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In this exhibition, NASCAR meets formalist sculpture Related Press In this exhibition, NASCAR meets formalist sculpture The Creators Project : 6 September 2016

At first, you might not think that formalist sculpture and NASCAR share much in common. But consider the smooth lines of the vehicles, the track, and those iconic zigzagged racing stripes, and the similarities emerge. Melbourne-based artist Basil Papoutsidis has a passion for both automotives and abstraction, and his new show Darlington Stripe...

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