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,...
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
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...
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.
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...
Paints like a dream
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...
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...
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...