Emma Phillips: Too Much to Dream
13 March – 27 April 2019
By Ella Cattach
There are three Dianes—two portrait subjects, one spectre—in Emma
Phillips' current exhibition of large-scale, predominantly
black-and-white photographs which takes its title, Too much to dream,
from a song by The Electric Prunes.
The first Diane, of Untitled (Diane washing dishes at her father's
house) and the unfocussed, tightly cropped colour triptych Untitled
(Diane on her bed, smiling), both...
Lyon Housemuseum Galleries
217-219 Cotham Road, Kew
7 David Street, Carlton
By Paris Lettau
In recent years, a new subculture has surfaced in Australian art. It lacks any aspiration to be recognised by mainstream public art institutions and has formed a self-conscious avant-garde with "arm's-length" distance (sometimes literally) from major museums like Tony Ellwood's National Gallery of Victoria. The latest expression of this subculture is the freshly minted $15.8 million Lyon Ho...
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Bendigo Art Gallery
16 March – 14 July 2019
By Giles Fielke
I often return to an odd little sentence in Robert Walser's microscripts, a thought captured that he then jotted down on a scrap of paper sometime before 1956: 'The failure to prize the chance to spend time in a cosmopolitan city highly enough to refrain from giving it up in favour of an upstart one-horse town.' Cosmopolitanism, seen today, is increasingly a crowded nightmare pre-occupie...
Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece
8 February – 23 March 2019
By Sophie Knezic
'Oh my country! We will no longer have to go searching through the
history of ancient peoples for worthy subjects on which to practise our
brushwork...No, no people's history offers me anything so great, so
sublime as the Tennis Court Oath, which I am to paint.' So opined the
18th century painter and revolutionary Jacques-Louis David, after
securing the commission from the Société des Amis de...
Australian Galleries, 28 & 35 Derby Street, Collingwood26 February 2019 — 17 March 2019
John Nixon: Screenprints, Woodblocks & Unique Relief Prints
Negative Press, Factory 8/102 Henkel Street, Brunswick16 February – 9 March 2019
By Victoria Perin
Exhibitions are usually talkative. They start off with the artist's or curator's statements and then usually just chat away with their personalised terminology and their free-associations. I intended to review the Australian Gallerie...
Visions of Paradise: Indian Court Paintings
National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank
7 Dec 2018 – 29 Apr 2019
By Francis Plagne
Visions of Paradise is an unexpected delight. Bringing together nearly 200 works on paper from the NGV's 1980 Felton Bequest acquisitions of Indian painting, the exhibition offers up a feast of fine details, lavish lifestyles and sizzling colours. Even for the historically uninformed viewer like me, the offerings are an irresistible invitation to rekindle the jo...
Daniel von Sturmer
2 February – 23 March 2019
Electric Light (facts/ figures/anna schwartz gallery upstairs)
2 February – 2 March 2019
Anna Schwartz Gallery
By Amelia Winata
The two current exhibitions from Melbourne-based Daniel von Sturmer at
Anna Schwartz Gallery are billed as discrete offerings, a fact
underscored by the exhibitions' separate closing dates. CATARACT, on
the gallery's ground floor, is a video work comprised of 81 small
television screens that have b...