Giles Fielke
Tudors to Windsors

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...

Sophie Knezic
Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece

Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece

Gertrude Contemporary

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...

Victoria Perin
Papermade | John Nixon: Screenprints, Woodblocks & Unique Relief Prints


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...

Francis Plagne
Visions of Paradise

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...

Amelia Winata
Daniel von Sturmer

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...

Audrey Schmidt

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...

Rex Butler
Christian Marclay: The Clock

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...

Anna Parlane
Marlene Gilson

Marlene Gilson

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...