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...
The Field Revisited
Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, 27 April – 26 August
By Rex Butler
There are perhaps three art-viewing experiences I have had that I would say changed the way I looked at and thought about art. The first was when as an undergraduate I wandered without any warning into the Colin McCahon retrospective held at the University of Sydney as part of the Sydney Biennale of 1984. The second was when, again without any warning, I stood mesmerised before the front...
Del Kathryn Barton, inside another land, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on inkjet print (1 of 75 parts), edition: 2/2, 83.0 x 69.0 x (sheet, each). Collection of the artist, © Del Kathryn Barton.
Del Kathryn Barton, The Highway is a Disco, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, Federation Square, Level 3, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018
Although Memo Review has already examined an exhibition from the National Gallery of Victoria's quadruple billing of female Austral...
Helen Maudsley, The Self: Part of it But Not Merging, 2017, oil on canvas, 52.5 x 40.0 cm © Helen Maudsley
Our Knowing and Not Knowing: Helen Maudsley at the Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria Australia, 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018
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...
Gareth Sansom, Sweeney Agonistes, 2005. Oil and enamel paint and collage of type C photograph on canvas. (a-c) 213.0 x 549.0 cm (overall). Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. The James C Sourris, AM, Collection. Gift of James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program (2012.472a-c)
Gareth Sansom: Transformer, National Gallery of Victoria, 15 September 2017-28 January 2018
The Pulitzer Prize-winning cr...
Brave New World: Australia 1930s, installation view, NGV Australia, courtesy NGV.
Brave New World: Australia 1930s, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, until 15 October
Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, until 8 October
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 d...
Every Brilliant Eye
Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria
By Francis Plagne
Walking through Every Brilliant Eye—a large survey of the NGV's holdings of Australian Art from the 1990s curated by Jane Devery and Pip Wallis—I was struck by how much it look like parts of Melbourne Now, the NGV's sprawling 2013-2014 snapshot of contemporary art practices in Melbourne. It is not only that many of the same names reappear, sometimes with work little changed by the twenty years separat...