Thank you for reading in 2017

Dear readers,

Thank you for your support in 2017. We're taking a short break over January and will return in February for another year of weekly reviews.

Best wishes,

The Memo Review team.

Giles Fielke
'Triennial', at NGV International, by Giles Fielke

Richard Mosse, Incoming, (2015–16), three channel black and white high definition video, surround sound, 52 min 10 sec (looped).

Triennial, NGV International, December 17, 2017 – April 15, 2018.

Buried within the question recently explored by Felicity D. Scott, ‘Who is the festival for?’, is the rapidly fading possibility of a public. It is a discourse that seems to slip too easily into arguments about the centrist compromise of regulated-, or neo-liberal, architectures of the state....

Victoria Perin
Del Kathryn Barton, "The Highway is a Disco", at NGV Australia, by Victoria Perin

Del Kathryn Barton, inside another land, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on inkjet print (1 of 75 parts), edition: 2/2, 83.0 x 69.0 x (sheet, each). Collection of the artist, © Del Kathryn Barton.

Del Kathryn Barton, The Highway is a Disco, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, Federation Square, Level 3, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018

Although Memo Review has already examined an exhibition from the National Gallery of Victoria's quadruple billing of female Austral...

Julia Lomas
Angela Brennan's 'Forms of LIfe' at Ian Potter Museum of Art, by Julia Lomas

Angela Brennan, Forms of Life, installation view, Ian Potter Museum of Art. Courtesy Niagara Galleries, Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. Photo: Christo Crocker.

Angela Brennan, Forms of Life, Ian Potter Museum of Art, 5 September 2017 – 25 February 2018.

In Angela Brennan’s exhibition at the Potter, a wall painting of textual fragments poses the question: “What do you want a poet for? To save the city of course!” Brennan’s engagement with the artefacts of early Greek...

Kate Warren
'Cover Versions: Mimicry and Resistance' at Shepparton Art Museum, by Kate Warren

Frédéric Nauczyciel, A Baroque Ball (Shade) [Paris Ballroom Scene & Dale Blackheart (Baltimore)], 2014, digital video, 5:13 minutes. Courtesy and © Frédéric Nauczyciel.

Cover Versions: Mimicry and Resistance, Shepparton Art Museum, 11 November 2017 – 14 January 2018 Curated by Anna Briers.

There is nothing I enjoy more than a good impersonation. I recently came across a video of a young Martin Short appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The conversation had turned to the var...

Paris Lettau
"Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley", at NGV Australia, by Paris Lettau

Helen Maudsley, The Self: Part of it But Not Merging, 2017, oil on canvas, 52.5 x 40.0 cm © Helen Maudsley

Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley at the Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018

Curated by National Gallery of Victoria contemporary art curator Pip Wallis, Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley is one of four summer solo shows on the third floor of the NGV Australia, including Louise Paramour, Mel O'Callaghan and...

Francis Plagne
Douglas Lance Gibson's 'What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow' at Tolarno Galleries, by Francis Plagne

Douglas Lance Gibson, Sila Sila ( Barracuda ), 2014 Archival pigment print, coconut timber frame, 40 x 50 cm.

Douglas Lance Gibson, What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow, Tolarno Galleries, Level 4/104 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 16 November 2017 - 16 December 2017.

As I was about to leave Tolarno Galleries after spending some time with Douglas Lance Gibson’s What Was Once Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, his first show with the gallery, I was stopped by two men. One, who I assume was som...

Chelsea Hopper
'Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy', at  Heide Museum of Modern Art, by Chelsea Hopper

Jenny Watson, White Horse with Telescope, 2012, synthetic polymer paint on rabbit skin glue primed cotton, Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery © the artist

Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 4 November 2017 – 3 March 2018

When you first start making stuff, finding your voice as an artist can be a bit of a slog. There will always be bad paintings, clumsy drawings of still lifes and failed charcoal figures from the life drawing classes you were forced t...