Rex Butler
Collecting Comme

Flat of Angles

Collecting Comme

National Gallery of Victoria
31 October 2019 – 26 July 2020

Rex Butler

Rei Kawakubo's first Comme des Garçons show in Paris in April 1981 is now a legendary event in the history of fashion. Mounted unofficially at the Intercontinental Hotel during Prêt-à-Porter week and featuring just five models—she had not received the favour of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, which decided, like the French Academy the century before, who would show duri...

Francis Plagne
Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman

Neon Parc City

16 October – 16 November 2019

In 2010, Elizabeth Newman exhibited a work called 1988, a brown envelope (propped up on a log), on the lower left hand corner of which 'Derrida' is written. The piece can be seen as emblematic of the concerns of much of her work of the last decade or so. Containing Newman's study notes from a course in continental philosophy she took many years before, the humble brown envelope is charged with a suggestion of meaning. Yet its...

Amelia Winata


28 September – 23 November 2019

By Amelia Winata

Preparation is a group exhibition organised by artist Tim Bučkovic with works from Julie Irving, Jake Madel, Julius Linnenbrink, Manuel Gröger, Lalita Sherwell, Sibylle Czichon, Allan Rand, Ina Gerken and Bučkovic himself. Within the context of the exhibition, the word 'preparation' is both processual and genealogical. First, the works in the exhibition reveal some aspect of the process of their making and, as such, un...

Victoria Perin
Never the same river

Never the same river

Anna Schwartz Gallery
Part 1: 5 October – 1 November 2019
Part 2: 8 November – 21 December 2019

By Victoria Perin

Never the same river at Anna Schwartz Gallery feels like a birthday party. It is a retrospective of sorts, not of the artists or the gallery even, but of the career of the dealer Anna Schwartz herself. It is a two-part exhibition, the first launching this week and the second launching in early November. 37 years of gallery-stewardship is an odd milestone...

Philip Brophy
Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art
14 September – 17 November 2019

By Philip Brophy

Hey, Siri. I want to make some contemporary art. Maybe something with sound.

Hi, Philip. Do you mean Sound Art?

I guess so, if that's what they call it.

Well, you should first check out the exhibition of Haroon Mirza at ACCA.

What?! Someone's done sound art already in a contemporary art space?!

Yes, Philip. You need to be more informed of what's happ...

Matthew Linde
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Bendigo Art Gallery
17 August – 10 November 2019

By Matthew Linde

I was staying with Mona Bismarck in Capri when the news came. I was downstairs, dressed for dinner, having a drink. Consuelo Crespi telephoned me from Rome, saying it had just come over the radio that Balenciaga had closed his doors forever that afternoon, and that he'd never open them again. Mona didn't come out of her room for three days. I mean, she went into a complete…I mean, it was the en...

Maddee Clark
Fiona Foley: Who are these strangers and where are they going?

Fiona Foley: Who are these strangers and where are they going?

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
The Mining Exchange
24 August – 20 October 2019

By Maddee Clark

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale launches with a performance of the title work of Fiona Foley's headlining major solo exhibition, Who are these strangers and where are they going? The song is performed in both Badtjala and English by a group of young local Aboriginal singers. The title work of the show, a new commiss...

Giles Fielke
Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

KINGS Artist-Run, Black_Box
31 August – 21 September, 2019

By Giles Fielke

Entering KINGS Artist-Run on a Wednesday afternoon, I slink past a homeless woman asleep on the sidewalk. Her things are pushed against the front window of a fast-food shop that looks and smells like Subway but isn't. Moments before, I'd jumped off a packed tram at the Southern Cross stop at the top of Bourke Street after skipping one which was overfu...