Gordon Bennett, A Black History, 1993 (recreated 2017), photo: D.Wlazlo.
Restless, 19 May – 10 June, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, 40 Dodds Street
Southbank VIC 3006.
This week marks fifty years since the 1967 referendum and last week at Uluru a meeting of Indigenous leaders met to discuss a united strategy on constitutional recognition. Fifty years is a long time in anyone’s book, and with little material progress toward reconciliation, recognition, and ‘bridging the gap’, there is a...
Hayley Millar-Baker (Gunditjmara), Dark 1, Dark 5, Dark 2 and Country at Night (installation view), courtesy the artist, Image: Steven Rhall
Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos, Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, 11-28 May 2017
It's not often acknowledged just how much visual art comes to life through words, conversation, storytelling. Or, at least, it's not often explicitly acknowledged. It's implicitly acknowledged constantly: every time an art gallery stages an art...
Simon Zoric, The Finest Actor of Our Generation, 2016,
autographed, inkjet print, framed, 20 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the
Unproductive Thinking, Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood, 26
April – 26 May 2017
I am hesitant to say that I am employed. Although to say I am unemployed
is also incorrect. I do not have a job to go to, but I do have four
email addresses — 1 personal, 3 professional — and from the moment I
wake to the moment I go to sleep my mind is preoccupied with wo...
Vincent van Gogh, Self-portrait, 1887 , oil on canvas, 44 x 35 cm © Musée d'Orsay
Van Gogh and the Seasons, NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 28 April – 9 July 2017
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 additio...
Shop between 'off peak', c.1950s, lithograph, printed in colour inks, from multiple stones [or plates], 97.2 x 59.8 cm (printed image), Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Harold Freedman: Artist for the People, The Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40
Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat, 1 April – 28 May 2017
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 poke...
Damiano Bertoli, The Serenity of the Poet, 2017, pencil on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm. Image courtesy the artist.
Raafat Ishak & Damiano Bertoli, Hebdomeros, Sutton Gallery, 21 April – 20 May 2017
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 accomp...
Bill Henson, Untitled 2009/10 2009-2010, inkjet print, 102.4 x 152.0 cm (image) 126.5 x 177.6 cm (printed image border) 127.1 x 184.6, cm (sheet), ed. 2/5, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2012.
Bill Henson, NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 10 March - 27 August
Even now, it is difficult to visit a Bill Henson exhibition without
being burdened by the controversy that occurred at Roslyn Oxley9 just
James Tylor, un-resettling, 2017, installation view. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery
James Tylor, un-resettling, Vivien Anderson Gallery, 29 March – 29 April 2017
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...