Francis Plagne
Tony Clark 'Chinoiserie Landscape 1987 - 2017' at Murray White Room, by Francis Plagne

Tony Clark, Chinoiserie landscape, 1987, oil on canvas board, 30.5 x 68.5 cm, triptych.

Tony Clark Chinoiserie Landscape 1987 - 2017, Murray White Room, Melbourne. February 16 - March 29.

Paul Taylor’s famous ‘Popism’ manifesto of 1982 included an exhortation to Australian artists to embrace the gulf separating them from the traditional centres of Western art history, to craft an art ‘born in mediation, gestated within the camera, where things are naturally upside-down, and expre...

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Douglas Lance Gibson's 'What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow' at Tolarno Galleries, by Francis Plagne

Douglas Lance Gibson, Sila Sila ( Barracuda ), 2014 Archival pigment print, coconut timber frame, 40 x 50 cm.

Douglas Lance Gibson, What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow, Tolarno Galleries, Level 4/104 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 16 November 2017 - 16 December 2017.

As I was about to leave Tolarno Galleries after spending some time with Douglas Lance Gibson’s What Was Once Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, his first show with the gallery, I was stopped by two men. One, who I assume was som...

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Smallness: Trevelyan Clay at Neon Parc and Kate Smith at Sutton, by Francis Plagne

Kate Smith, An Impression of an impression (after Rupert Bunny) 2, 2017, texta biro acrylic and oil on linen, 35.5 x 51cm. Photo credit: Andrew Curtis.

Smallness: Trevelyan Clay ‘Moments Today’ at Neon Parc (August 31 – October 7) and Kate Smith ‘An Impression of an impression’ at Sutton Gallery ( September 8 – October 7).

I confess to being a sucker for bad painting. Not, that is, for all painting that fails in whatever way to be good, but for the particular style of offhand, deli...

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'Every Brilliant Eye', at NGV Australia, by Francis Plagne

Marco Fusinato, Paintings, 1996, enamel paint on steel and composition board (a-e), 220 x 281 x 10 cm (overall), National Gallery of Victoria, Margaret Stewart Endowment, 1996, © Marco Fusinato/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia.

Walking through Every Brilliant Eye—a large survey of the NGV's holdings of Australian Art from the 1990s curated by Jane Devery and Pip Wallis—I was struck by how much it look like parts of Melbourne Now, the NGV's sprawling 2013-2014 snapshot of contemporary art p...