Julia Lomas
Sally Smart, 'The Choreography of Cutting', Sarah Scout Presents, by Julia Lomas

Sally Smart, The Choreography of Cutting. (The Pedagogical Puppet Projects), 2017. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents

Sally Smart, The Choreography of Cutting, Sarah Scout Presents, 11 March – 15 April 2017

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...

Giles Fielke
Desperately Seeking Representation: 'Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time', Monash University Museum of Art, by Giles Fielke

Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in time, installation view: Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2017. Photo: Andrew Curtis

Open Spatial Workshop, Converging In Time, Monash Museum of Art, 11th Feb – 8th April 2017

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...

Kate Warren
Daniel Crooks, "Parabolic",  and Miyanaga Akira, "REALTIME", by Kate Warren

Daniel Crooks, Parabolic (installation view). Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Daniel Crooks, Parabolic, Anna Schwartz Gallery, 11 February – 1 April 2017.

Miyanaga Akira, REALTIME, National Gallery of Victoria International, 18 November 2016 – 30 April 2017.

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...

Francis Plagne
'David Hockney: Current', National Gallery of Victoria by Francis Plagne

David Hockney, Untitled, 91, 2009, iPhone drawing. Collection of the artist © David Hockney

David Hockney: Current, National Gallery of Victoria, 11 November 2016 – 13 March 2017

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...

David Wlazlo
'Project 17:  Radical Immanence,' Anna Pappas Gallery, by David Wlazlo

Teelah George, Pine, 2017, oil and enamel on linen, 92 x 76 cm

Project 17: Radical Immanence, curated by Chantelle Mitchell, Anna Pappas Gallery, 2-4 Carlton Street, Prahran. 10th February – 18th March.

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...

Anna Parlane
Stuart Ringholt: 'Works on Paper’ at Neon Parc, by Anna Parlane

Stuart Ringholt, Page 215 (detail), 2014, Ink and collage on offset paper, 31.5 x 24 cm

‘Works on Paper’ at Neon Parc by Anna Parlane, Neon Parc Bourke St, 3 February – 11 March 2017

It is a real pleasure to see a show of drawings by an artist primarily known, at least in Melbourne, as the guy who installed a nude disco at the Monash University Museum of Art. Stuart Ringholt’s Works on Paper at Neon Parc comprises a suite of twenty drawings that the artist made in 2014. They are intima...

Victoria Perin
Say it loud. Say it clear: 'Don't be too Polite: Posters and Activism' by Victoria Perin

Julia Church Ordinary women standing up for themselves!..., 1986 colour screenprint. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 8 November 2016–19 March 2017

The title of Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and activism cuts off the gendered call made by the sing-song union ditty: Don't be too polite, girls, don't be too polite / Show a little fight, girls, show a little fight. A sensible (...

Amelia Winata
'O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington-Smith: Making Modernism' by Amelia Winata

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism Heide Museum of Modern Art, 12 October 2016 - 19 February 2017

Two things are glaringly obvious in just the title of Heide’s Summer exhibition O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. The first, of course, is the apparent refusal of the hegemonic history of modernism: that the pivotal period in art history was shaped by a bunch of dudes. The second is that the curators have attempted to render redundant the cultural cringe...