Sophie Knezic
Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece

Atlanta Eke: The Tennis Piece

Gertrude Contemporary

8 February – 23 March 2019

By Sophie Knezic

'Oh my country! We will no longer have to go searching through the history of ancient peoples for worthy subjects on which to practise our brushwork...No, no people's history offers me anything so great, so sublime as the Tennis Court Oath, which I am to paint.' So opined the 18th century painter and revolutionary Jacques-Louis David, after securing the commission from the Société des Amis de...

Rex Butler
Richard Bell: Dredging up the Past

The Saying and the Said

Richard Bell, Dredging Up the Past

Gertrude Contemporary, 2 February – 10 March 2018

By Rex Butler

In the recent rehang of the Australian collection at the Queensland Art Gallery, visitors before entering the gallery have to walk under Richard Bell’s Judgement Day (2008), which hangs on a wall above a doorway. “Australian Art Does Not Exist”, Bell’s painting declares in a nice self-contradiction because both Bell and his art are just about as Australian as you...

Anna Parlane
Forever Transformed

Forever Transformed

Gertrude Contemporary, 21 High St Preston, 28 July – 9 September 2017

By Anna Parlane

The recent relocation of Gertrude Contemporary from its long-term home in Fitzroy is both cause and effect of Melbourne’s ongoing gentrification. Having occupied 200 Gertrude Street for over three decades, the gallery’s move was forced by the rising costs of remaining in this increasingly “desirable” neighbourhood—a desirability, it is worth noting, that was in part stimulated by the p...