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...

Memo Review
Thanks for reading in 2018

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...

Victoria Perin
Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery

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 abuse.

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...

Paris Lettau
Katie West: warna (ground)

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...