Colony: Australia 1770–1861 / Frontier Wars
Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria. Colony: Australia 1770–1861 until 15 July | Colony: Frontier Wars until 30 September
By Rex Butler
Colony is undoubtedly the best show the NGV has put on since Australian Impressionists in France in 2013. And I’d even say that the two shows are connected. Seriously. Both shake up our conception of what “Australia” is and perhaps even more profoundly where “Australia” is. Certainly, a number...
NGV International, 17 December 2017 – 15 April 2018
By Giles Fielke
Buried within the question recently explored by Felicity D. Scott, ‘Who is the festival for?’, is the rapidly fading possibility of a public. It is a discourse that seems to slip too easily into arguments about the centrist compromise of regulated-, or neo-liberal, architectures of the state. The elaborate zones of exclusion raised for the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural Triennial, which follows its fi...
Del Kathryn Barton, The Highway is a Disco
Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, Federation Square, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018
By Victoria Perin
Although Memo Review has already examined an exhibition from the National Gallery of Victoria's quadruple billing of female Australian artists (see Paris Lettau's review of Our knowing and not knowing: Helen Maudsley), I believe that as the arts community has directly requested more representation of contemporary...
Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley
Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018
By Paris Lettau
Curated by National Gallery of Victoria contemporary art curator Pip Wallis, Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley is one of four summer solo shows on the third floor of the NGV Australia, including Louise Paramour, Mel O'Callaghan and Del Kathryn Barton
Born in 1927, and coming of age when Australian painters were increasingly en...
Gareth Sansom: Transformer
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 15 September 2017 – 28 January 2018
By Rex Butler
The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Sebastian Smee barely got a word in during the Q & A held soon after the opening of Gareth Sansom’s retrospective at the NGV. Sansom, just about the ultimate alpha-male for all of his cross-dressing, entertained the audience with tales of his early cricketing prowess, his father returning home after the war without a limb, his e...
The Art Exhibition vs Art
Brave New World: Australia 1930s
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, until 15 October 2017
Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art
Heide Museum of Modern Art, until 8 October 2017
By Rex Butler
Brave New World: Australia 1930s and Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art are both important new museum shows. They involve a serious investment of institutional resources. They demand great curatorial expertise. They make a n...
Seasonal Adjustment Disorder: Van Gogh in Melbourne
Van Gogh and the Seasons
National Gallery of Victoria, 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,...
National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, 10 March – 27 August 2017
By Beth Kearney
Even now, it is difficult to visit a Bill Henson exhibition without
being burdened by the controversy that occurred at Roslyn Oxley9 just
less than nine years ago. Stylistically, however, Henson has not changed
his tack: the exhibition Bill Henson, part of the NGV’s Festival of
Photography, is yet another rearticulation of his most recognisable
qualities as an artist.