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...
Thank you for your readership and support of Memo Review in 2018. We’re going to take a well-earned break from our weekly review schedule, returning in February 2019.
In the last few months, we have been preparing a publication of the 52 reviews from 2017. Thanks to the hard work of Warren Taylor, Joanna Leucuta, Genevieve Osborn—alongside Memo’s editorial team—we will be launching the book of reviews in January 2019. Stay tuned for information about the launch date. We’d also like to thank th...
Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen, Victoria, 25 August 2018 – 24 February 2019
By Victoria Perin
PLEASE NOTE: this review contains mentions of suicide and child sex
Melbourne's favourite outta-town gallery hits peak-Heide for its summer
shows. Heide's dedicated purpose, a laser-like focus on the circle
around patrons John and Sunday Reed, has been disarmingly effective. The
propaganda research on the couple is now unparalleled...
Katie West, warna (ground)
Caves, Room 18, Level 6, 37 Swanston Street (Nicholas Building)
7 – 22 December 2018
By Paris Lettau
Warna (ground) is a deceptively small exhibition at the artist-run gallery Caves, located on level 6 of the Nicholas Building on Swanston Street. The space itself measures about four-metres squared. The show comprises three small works, each composed of a piece of canvas that Katie West, a Yindjibarndi woman who grew up in rural Western Australia, has dyed us...