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...
Abandoned Theme Parc
Neon Parc City, 1 February – 2 March 2019
Neon Parc Brunswick, 8 February – 9 March 2019
By Audrey Schmidt
The Facebook event for Carny—a two-part exhibition curated by Neon Parc director Geoff Newton and held at both Neon Parc City and Neon Parc Brunswick—describes it as "a new exhibition of works by established and emerging artists." While distinctions between emerging and established artists can seem entirely nebulous, in Carny the emerging artists (ex...
Memento Mori Melbourne
Christian Marclay: The Clock
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
23 January – 10 March
10 am – 5 pm, open 24 hours on Thursdays
By Rex Butler
All reviewers seem to begin by telling us the circumstances in which they came to watch it: when they first came into the screening room, how long they stayed, what they were doing before they came in and what they did afterwards.
The novelist Zadie Smith—when she went to see it at the Hayward Gallery in 2011, in an es...
Art Gallery of Ballarat
21 September 2018 – 3 February 2019
By Anna Parlane
At first impression, the current exhibition of paintings by Wathaurung Elder Aunty Marlene Gilson at the Art Gallery of Ballarat is thoroughly charming. Gilson offers an Indigenous perspective on Australian history, using a delicate naïve style that evokes directness and simplicity. On reflection, I found that Gilson's history paintings are more complex than their picture-book appearance suggests. Or...