Paris Lettau
This War Never Ended: 'Sovereignty' at ACCA, by Paris Lettau

Sovereignty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, curated by Paola Balla and Max Delany, 17 December 2016 – 26 March 2017

Anyone familiar with contemporary art exhibitions, art fairs and international biennales might notice that Sovereignty just doesn’t quite feel like an exhibition of contemporary art. And it raises one question: Why is this?

It can’t only be explained by Sovereignty’s display of cultural products that aren’t “fine art”, because contemporary art curators regu...

Beth Kearney
Elaborate Irreverence: Ramesh Nithiyendran's 'In the beginning' by Beth Kearney

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, In the Beginning, 2016, Installation view, Ian Potter Museum of Art. Photo: Christian Capurro

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran: In the beginning, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Parkville, 22 November 2016 –26 February, 2017.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s solo exhibition In the Beginning is arresting. Covertly located on the top floor of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Sri Lankan–born, Sydney-based artist introduces confronting imagery and a vibra...

Giles Fielke
Aspiring to Anti-Aspiration: Lucina Lane's 'Range' by Giles Fielke

Lucina Lane Range, (2017) Photo: Christo Crocker.

Lucina Lane, Range, White Cuberd, 8pm-10pm, 15 January 2017

Off-site art exhibitions have seen something of a resurgence in Melbourne over the past few years. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least being the rapidly rising cost of rent in the city, which seems to force a commercialise or perish imperative on artists exhibiting work early in their career. Mediating the reappearance of ‘recession art’, as Peter Cripps ter...

Helen Hughes
'The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver' by Helen Hughes

Bronwyn Oliver, Unicorn, 1984, paper, tissue, wire, hair, cane, 70 x 70 x 270 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Gift of the artist under the terms of the New South Wales, Travelling Art Scholarship 1986. (Photo: Jenni Carter/AGNSW) © Estate of Bronwyn Oliver. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

The Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver, curated by Julie Ewington, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville–Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, Victoria, 19 November 2016 – 5 February 2017.

The S...

Rex Butler
‘Suzanne Archer: Over-looked’ by Rex Butler

Suzanne Archer, 'Coalesce', 1993, oil on canvas, 173 x 305cm (photography: Effy Alexakis)

‘Suzanne Archer: Over-looked’

by Rex Butler

Suzanne Archer, Moving Forwards, Looking Back: A Survey 1969–2016, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, 155 Langridge Street, Collingwood, 17 December 2016 – 29 January 2017.

When the well-known painter Gareth Sansom opened Suzanne Archer’s show at the Nicholas Thompson Gallery in December, he made the rather large claim that two of the paintings—Coalesce (199...

Statement from Memo Review

In 2016, The Age ended its weekly art review column, which it had been publishing for well over a century. For the first time, the public space occupied by the local art review has effectively been vacated in Melbourne. The art review is an important forum where meaningful dialogue and exchange can take place between artists, gallerists, critics, collectors and the public. Without a regular review, the art world lacks a meeting place where common ground can be found, be it to settle scores or...