• Statement from Memo Review
    01 Jan –
    01 Jan 2017
    • The Editors
    31 Dec 2016

    In 2016, The Age ended its weekly art review column, which it had been publishing for well over a century. For the first time, the public space occupied by the local art review has effectively been vacated in Melbourne. The art review is an important forum where meaningful dialogue and exchange can take place between artists, gallerists, critics, collectors and the public. Without a regular review, the art world lacks a meeting place where common ground can be found, be it to settle scores or clear the way for new conversations.

    The editors at Memo Review recognise the need for a new format to fill the space left behind by the old newspaper publishers. For this reason, Memo Review launches itself as an online publication dedicated to accessible reviews of a broad variety of exhibitions at public art museums, commercial galleries and smaller artist-run spaces in Melbourne. Reviews will appear weekly and where possible while the exhibition being discussed is still on. Written largely by art history post-graduates of Melbourne and Monash Universities, Memo Review will offer a variety of new critical perspectives from an up-and-coming younger generation of Australian art scholars.

    We invite you to read Memo Review and to tell others if you have enjoyed what you have encountered here.

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    Bessie Davidson & Sally Smart – Two artists and the Parisian avant-garde
    Bendigo Art Gallery
    by Jane Eckett
    Meagan Streader: A Window is a Square Horizon
    MARS Gallery
    by Tara Heffernan
    The Sun also Sets
    Tolarno Galleries
    by Luke Smythe
    Christopher L G Hill: Meaningless is more
    Conners Conners
    by Giles Fielke
    Colin McCahon: Letters and Numbers & Event Horizon Symposium
    NGV International, COVA
    by Rex Butler
    π.o., Heide
    Giramondo, published 2019
    by Victoria Perin
    by Bianca Winataputri
    Anne Wallace: Strange Ways
    Art Gallery of Ballarat
    by Tara Heffernan
    Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Forced into Images
    2020 Peel Street Park Projection Program, City of Yarra
    by Lisa Radford
    by Amelia Winata

    The End.