Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley: Temptation to Co-Exist
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
6 April – 14 July 2019
By Francis Plagne
It is a somewhat disconcerting experience setting out to review an exhibition when one has the distinct feeling that whatever might be said about it has already occurred to the artists and is already, in some sense, factored into the work itself. This is precisely the feeling one has moving through this well-curated retrospective of the work of Janet...
Sweeney Reed and Strines Gallery
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen, Victoria, 25 August 2018 – 24 February 2019
By Victoria Perin
PLEASE NOTE: this review contains mentions of suicide and child sex
Melbourne's favourite outta-town gallery hits peak-Heide for its summer
shows. Heide's dedicated purpose, a laser-like focus on the circle
around patrons John and Sunday Reed, has been disarmingly effective. The
propaganda research on the couple is now unparalleled...
Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 30 June – 7 October 2018
By Jane Eckett
Exhibitions of modern Australian furniture and design are enjoying a resurgence in recent years. There was the NGV's Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design in 2014, and Take a Seat: Australian Modernist Seating at the Penrith Regional Gallery in the same year, followed by a focus on overlooked émigré designers in The Moderns: European designers in Sydney, at the Mu...
Diane Arbus: American Portraits
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 21 March – 17 June 2018
By Chelsea Hopper
“You can’t take any photos”, I was told at the front desk. The request was unexpected, as restrictions of this kind for an exhibition seemed slightly dated considering how accessible and abundant images have become in our digitally soaked, super-sharing culture – not to mention how widely available many of the images seen in the exhibition are online. Was this just a cautionary move to avo...
Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 4 November 2017 – 3 March 2018
By Chelsea Hopper
When you first start making stuff, finding your voice as an artist can be a bit of a slog. There will always be bad paintings, clumsy drawings of still lifes and failed charcoal figures from the life drawing classes you were forced to take at art school. It can be a case of trying things out and then trying them again and again. After a few years, you ultimately make the decisio...
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...
O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 12 October 2016 - 19 February 2017
By Amelia Winata
Two things are glaringly obvious in just the title of Heide’s Summer exhibition O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. The first, of course, is the apparent refusal of the hegemonic history of modernism: that the pivotal period in art history was shaped by a bunch of dudes. The second is that the curators have attempted to render redundant...