David Wlazlo
'Restless' at VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery by David Wlazlo

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...

Anna Parlane
‘Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos’ at Blak Dot Gallery, by Anna Parlane

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...

Amelia Winata
‘Mindfulness Meditation: Unproductive Thinking at Deakin University Art Gallery’ by Amelia Winata

Simon Zoric, The Finest Actor of Our Generation, 2016, autographed, inkjet print, framed, 20 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.


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...

Anthony White
'Seasonal Adjustment Disorder: Van Gogh in Melbourne', by Anthony White

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...

Victoria Perin
‘Harold Freedman: Artist for the People’ by Victoria Perin

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...

Paris Lettau
'Hebdomeros', Raafat Ishak & Damiano Bertoli at Sutton Gallery, by Paris Lettau

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...

Beth Kearney
Insistently Henson: 'Bill Henson' at NGV, by Beth Kearney

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 less tha...

Helen Hughes
James Tylor, 'un-resettling' at Vivien Anderson Gallery,  by Helen Hughes

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...