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...
Daniel Crooks, Parabolic
Anna Schwartz Gallery, 11 February – 1 April 2017
Miyanaga Akira, REALTIME
National Gallery of Victoria, 18 November 2016 – 30 April 2017
By Kate Warren
The growth of the large metropolitan cities of modernity occurred
largely alongside the invention and proliferation of camera technologies
in the nineteenth century. It is therefore not surprising that many of
the earliest, and most iconic images from the histories of photography
and cinema feature cities or...
David Hockney: Current
National Gallery of Victoria, 11 November 2016 – 13 March 2017
By Francis Plagne
With David Hockney: Current, the NGV has made the unusual decision to devote a major exhibition to a selection of work from the last decade by a 79 year-old artist active since the early 1960s. Perhaps this can be explained by the popular appeal of the iPhone and iPad drawings that make up much of David Hockney's output in this period, but the choice is interesting insofar as the narro...
Project 17: Radical Immanence
Anna Pappas Gallery
10 February – 18 March 2017
Curated by Chantelle Mitchell
By David Wlazlo
In Radical Immanence, curator Chantelle Mitchell aims to present artists sincerely engaged with their material. And it is around the idea of the sincere that the exhibition as a whole both coalesces and dissolves. On the one hand, the idea of sincerity asks us to consider the artist as a figure deeply engaged in their material, absorbed in it. Yet on the other han...