Giles Fielke
Retrospective Hypothesis:  'On Campus', curated by Raimundas Malašauskas at Monash University, by Giles Fielke

On Campus at Monash University, February 14 – 15, 2017

Retrospective Hypothesis: On Campus curated by Raimundas Malašauskas, at Monash University, February 14 – 15, 2017

'It is said that the voice rips open reality'. This is apparently the only utterance I had thought worthwhile writing down into the blank, A5-sized notebook I had been supplied with at the beginning of On Campus. I cannot recall who suggested this maxim in the course of the two-day program that took place at Monash Univ...

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

Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos

Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, 11-28 May 2017

By Anna Parlane

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 artist talk or public program, for example, or in the screeds of text published by art historians, critics and commentators. Artworks are p...

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

Unproductive Thinking

Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood, 26 April – 26 May 2017

By Amelia Winata

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 work. The question is, at what level of productivity am I working? I check emails when I get up, go to my studio and wr...

Anthony White
Seasonal Adjustment Disorder: Van Gogh in Melbourne

Van Gogh and the Seasons

NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 28 April – 9 July 2017

By Anthony White

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 addition, several of the works that visitors might reasonably have expecte...

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...