Anthony White
Van Gogh and the Seasons

Seasonal Adjustment Disorder: Van Gogh in Melbourne

Van Gogh and the Seasons

National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 28 April – 9 July 2017

By Anthony White

There are many extraordinary works of art to be seen in Van Gogh and the Seasons and yet certain aspects of the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition are disappointing. Individual paintings that stand out as masterpieces of modern art are shown side by side with frankly insignificant and minor pieces. In addition,...

Victoria Perin
Harold Freedman: Artist for the People

Harold Freedman: Artist for the People

The Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat, 1 April – 28 May 2017

By Victoria Perin

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 pokey rear galleries where the show is hung, it would seem that a degree of assuagement is required. Trust me people, promises the curator, this is an artist for you!

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Paris Lettau
Raafat Ishak & Damiano Bertoli: Hebdomeros

Raafat Ishak & Damiano Bertoli, Hebdomeros

Sutton Gallery, 21 April – 20 May 2017

By Paris Lettau

There is an irony to Hebdomeros, and that is that the exhibition teaches us more about the Italian 'metaphysical' painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) than it does about either of its two collaborating Melbourne based artists, Raafat Ishak and Damiano Bertoli.

The modest exhibition, which accompanies Ishak's solo exhibition 1977 (in Sutton Gallery's adjacent room), takes its title fro...

Beth Kearney
Bill Henson

Insistently Henson

Bill Henson

National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, 10 March – 27 August 2017

By Beth Kearney

Even now, it is difficult to visit a Bill Henson exhibition without being burdened by the controversy that occurred at Roslyn Oxley9 just less than nine years ago. Stylistically, however, Henson has not changed his tack: the exhibition Bill Henson, part of the NGV’s Festival of Photography, is yet another rearticulation of his most recognisable qualities as an artist.

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Helen Hughes
James Tylor: un-resettling

James Tylor, un-resettling

Vivien Anderson Gallery, 29 March – 29 April 2017

By Helen Hughes

In recent years, Bruce Pascoe's widely read Dark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? (2014) and Bill Gammage's The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (2011) have helped cultivate a more general understanding of the history of Aboriginal land management, agricultural practices, and general custodianship of the lands and waterways of this continent. Their scholarship h...

Rex Butler
Louise Hearman

Paints like a dream

Louise Hearman

Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville, 18 February – 14 May 2017. Curated by Anna Davis.

By Rex Butler

Louise Hearman complains about the way that in every review of her work she is compared to her partner Bill Henson, while in reviews of Henson’s work she is rarely, if ever, mentioned.

Of course, she is absolutely right: the male Henson is held up as the standard against which she is measured, whereas the female Hearman does not reciprocally set the...

Julia Lomas
Sally Smart: The Choreography of Cutting

Sally Smart, The Choreography of Cutting

Sarah Scout Presents, 11 March – 15 April 2017

By Julia Lomas

Sally Smart's exhibition at Sarah Scout Gallery presents work from the artist's major ongoing project The Choreography of Cutting (2014–), alongside pieces that continue her 2012 series The Pedagogical Puppet. The synthesis of these two research projects combines to form the exhibition's enquiry into the intersection of dance, movement and pedagogy. The assemblage and collage works o...

Giles Fielke
Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time

Desperately Seeking Representation

Open Spatial Workshop, Converging In Time

Monash Museum of Art, 11 February – 8 April 2017

By Giles Fielke

Somewhere between geology, geography, colonisation and resource extraction is where Open Spatial Workshop (OSW) attempt to situate their highly conceptual, sculpture-based exhibition entitled Converging In Time. A huge, fossilised Kauri tree log found within a coal seam in the La Trobe Valley lies on a large, rectangular papercrete platform tha...