Victoria Perin
Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism

Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 15 December 2017–25 March 2018

By Victoria Perin

Tomorrow is the last day of Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art). Hopefully this is a prompt for you to visit (or revisit), because shows like this are rare. Here we are presented with the knowledge (institutional, personal, ancestral, academic) of six curators, thoughtfully draggin...

Giles Fielke
Samraing Chea: Universal Drawings

Every Truckers Enjoy Having Barbecue to Eat for Picnic

Samraing Chea, Universal Drawings

Reading Room, 3 March—24 March 2018, proposed by Rob McHaffie and Matlok Griffiths

By Giles Fielke

Universal Drawings is an appropriate title for the exhibition of 41 works by the artist Samraing Chea currently on show at Olivia Radonich’s new city central gallery, Reading Room. A thoroughgoing millenial subject — Chea was born in 1995 — the suite of 26 drawings in full colour on display in Room...

Nicholas Tammens
Mutlu Çerkez: 1988-2065

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065

Monash University Museum of Art, 10 February - 14 April 2018

By Nicholas Tammens

The exhibition Mutlu Çerkez: 1988 2065 and its accompanying monograph form a long awaited eulogy to an artist whose influence has remained largely unacknowledged since his unforeseen passing in 2005. It would not be conceited to say that the format of the exhibition was fated by the artist, but there is a general feeling that it comes as a late arrival. As Justin Clemens once poin...

Tiarney Miekus
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Loyalty Does Not End With Death

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Loyalty Does Not End With Death

The SUBSTATION, 1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015, 2 February–10 March 2018

By Tiarney Miekus

Over the last five decades English artist, musician and poet Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has become the kind of person that others seek out. For some it might have been during the early 1970s when P-Orridge, and h/er involvement with performance art collective COUM Transmissions, was gathering attention for making use of soiled tampons, blood and...

Anna Parlane
Kirsten Lyttle: Digital Mana

Can you wear a digital cloak?

Kirsten Lyttle, Digital Mana

Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2 February – 11 March 2018

By Anna Parlane

Kirsten Lyttle (Waikato, Ngāti Tāhinga, Tainui a Whiro) is a New Zealand-born, Australia-based artist who has built a practice on the intersection of photography and weaving: two art-making traditions that initially seem to have little in common. However, Lyttle’s signature combination asserts that the distinction between customary Māori weaving prac...

Francis Plagne
Tony Clark: Chinoiserie Landscape 1987 - 2017

Tony Clark, Chinoiserie Landscape 1987 - 2017

Murray White Room, Melbournee, 16 February – 29 March 2018

By Francis Plagne

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 expressed in a carnivalesque array of copies, inversions and negatives’. The sa...

Rex Butler
Richard Bell: Dredging up the Past

The Saying and the Said

Richard Bell, Dredging Up the Past

Gertrude Contemporary, 2 February – 10 March 2018

By Rex Butler

In the recent rehang of the Australian collection at the Queensland Art Gallery, visitors before entering the gallery have to walk under Richard Bell’s Judgement Day (2008), which hangs on a wall above a doorway. “Australian Art Does Not Exist”, Bell’s painting declares in a nice self-contradiction because both Bell and his art are just about as Australian as you...

Amelia Winata
Kieran Butler and collaborators: Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls

Kieran Butler and collaborators, Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls

Blindside, 24 Jan – 10 Feb 2018

By Amelia Winata

A few years ago there was a quasi-theoretical attempt at naming a new cultural epoch to be called “metamodernism.” The term was coined by Dutch philosophers Robin van den Akker and Timotheus Vermeulen who, in a video produced by Frieze, oozed effortless Scandinavian cool (search YouTube: “what is metamodernism”). Metamodernism, they explained, is a way of labelling a cultural m...