Memo Review
Melbourne Art Fair & Spring 1883

Melbourne Art Fair & Spring 1883

This week Memo Review travels through two art fairs currently open as part of Melbourne Art Week: David Wlazlo and Amelia Winata review the reborn Melbourne Art Fair at Southbank Arts Precinct, and Vicki Perin reviews the third Spring 1883 at The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street.


Melbourne Art Fair

Southbank Arts Precinct, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, 2–5 August

By David Wlazlo

Maybe it isn’t the best way to approach it, but Melbourne Art Fair (...

Victoria Perin
'Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism', Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, by Vicki Perin

Alex Martinis Roe, It was about opening the very notion that there was a particular perspective (installation view), 2015 – 17, three-channel video installation, HD video and 16mm film, 33:02 mins (total running time). Image credit: Andrew Curtis, © the artist

Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, 15 December 2017–25 March 2018

Tomorrow is the last day of Unfinished Business: Perspectives on ...

Victoria Perin
Del Kathryn Barton,

Del Kathryn Barton, inside another land, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on inkjet print (1 of 75 parts), edition: 2/2, 83.0 x 69.0 x (sheet, each). Collection of the artist, © Del Kathryn Barton.

Del Kathryn Barton, The Highway is a Disco, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, Federation Square, Level 3, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018

Although Memo Review has already examined an exhibition from the National Gallery of Victoria's quadruple billing of female Austral...

Victoria Perin
‘Discovering Dobell’ | ‘Dobell’s Circle’ at TarraWarra, by Victoria Perin

William Dobell, Abstract-three figures, 1960, oil on hardboard, 16.9 x 27 cm, Private collection © Sir William Dobell Art Foundation

Discovering Dobell | Dobell's circle, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, 27 May – 13 August 2017

TarraWarra, clearly reaching for the best of both worlds, likes to market itself as 'privately funded, public art museum'. As a charitable not-for-profit company, the museum is sponsored by the Besen Family Foundation, whil...

Victoria Perin
‘Harold Freedman: Artist for the People’ by Victoria Perin

Shop between 'off peak', c.1950s, lithograph, printed in colour inks, from multiple stones [or plates], 97.2 x 59.8 cm (printed image), Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Harold Freedman: Artist for the People, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat, 1 April – 28 May 2017

The Harold Freedman exhibition, on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until the end of this month, is sub-headed ‘Artist for the people’. In order to entice people deep into the poke...

Victoria Perin
Say it loud. Say it clear: 'Don't be too Polite: Posters and Activism' by Victoria Perin

Julia Church Ordinary women standing up for themselves!..., 1986 colour screenprint. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 8 November 2016–19 March 2017

The title of Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and activism cuts off the gendered call made by the sing-song union ditty: Don't be too polite, girls, don't be too polite / Show a little fight, girls, show a little fight. A sensible (...