Archived entries for Writing

Gareth Sansom: Transformer

15 SEPT 2017 – 28 JAN 2018

Vic­to­rian artist Gareth San­som is one of Australia’s most highly regarded painters. A pre-eminent fig­ure of the Aus­tralian avant-garde for over 60 years, he is renowned for merg­ing pop cul­tural ref­er­ences with intu­itive and ges­tural mark mak­ing. His water­colours, col­lages and paint­ings are based on a per­sonal iconog­ra­phy that includes imagery of a sex­ual, satir­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal nature. Sansom’s luridly coloured and densely lay­ered can­vasses explore phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and mate­r­ial trans­for­ma­tion; they begin as one thing but swiftly morph into another. San­som ral­lies against his own con­trol and con­scious­ness in his work – he aspires to con­stantly sur­prise and chal­lenge him­self as an artist. Con­tinue reading…

David Hockney: Current

11 NOV 2016 – 13 MAR 2017

The NGV presents a major solo exhi­bi­tion of one of the most influ­en­tial liv­ing artists, David Hock­ney: Cur­rent. The exhi­bi­tion, curated by the NGV in col­lab­o­ra­tion with David Hock­ney and his stu­dio, fea­tures over 1200 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Aus­tralia – includ­ing paint­ings, dig­i­tal draw­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy and video works. Con­tinue reading…

Subodh Gupta: Everyday Divine

13 MAY – 23 OCT 2016

Sub­odh Gupta: Every­day Divine is a solo exhi­bi­tion of one of India’s pre-eminent con­tem­po­rary artists, Sub­odh Gupta, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with New York-based art col­lec­tor Larry Warsh. Gupta was born in 1964 in the Indian province of Bihar, which has remained the poor­est and least devel­oped area of India since independence.

Cel­e­brat­ing the ves­tiges of every­day life for many Indi­ans and ele­vat­ing the objects found in domes­tic and street life to a posi­tion of spir­i­tual wor­ship is at the heart of Gupta’s prac­tice. Con­tinue reading…

Richard Mosse: The Enclave

10 OCT 2015 – 28 FEB 2016

Com­mis­sioned for the Irish rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the 55th Venice Bien­nale in 2013 and recently acquired by the National Gallery of Vic­to­ria, The Enclave is an immer­sive, six-screen video art instal­la­tion by Irish con­tem­po­rary artist Richard Mosse. Partly inspired by Joseph Conrad’s mod­ernist lit­er­ary mas­ter­piece Heart of Dark­ness, the vis­ceral and mov­ing work was filmed in the Demo­c­ra­tic Repub­lic of Congo using 16mm colour infra-red film, which cap­tures oth­er­wise invis­i­ble parts of the spec­trum. The result­ing imagery in Mosse’s work is hal­lu­ci­na­tory and dream-like with the usual greens of jun­gle and for­est replaced by shim­mer­ing vio­let. The Enclave depicts a com­pli­cated, strife-ridden place in a way that reflects its com­plex­ity, using a strat­egy of beauty and trans­fix­ion to com­bat the wider invis­i­bil­ity of a con­flict that has claimed so many. Con­tinue reading…

Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism And Its Echoes

NGV Aus­tralia
9 Octo­ber 2015 to 31 Jan­u­ary 2016

Lurid Beauty presents over 200 paint­ings, draw­ings, col­lages, sculp­tures, fash­ion, films and pho­tographs as well as con­sid­er­ing the­atre and per­for­mance in an exu­ber­ant explo­ration of Sur­re­al­ism and its pro­found influ­ence on Aus­tralian art and cre­ative life. Jux­ta­pos­ing his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary works, the immer­sive exhi­bi­tion will show­case the work of artists includ­ing Sid­ney Nolan, Albert Tucker, Max Dupain, Eric Thake, James Glee­son, Julie Rrap, Pat Brass­ing­ton, Leigh Bow­ery and David Noonan.

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Ryan Trecartin: Re’Search Wait’S

15 MAY – 13 SEP 2015

Ryan Tre­cartin is recog­nised as one of the most inven­tive and excit­ing young artists work­ing today, described by New Yorker art critic Peter Schjel­dahl as ‘the most con­se­quen­tial artist to have emerged since the 1980s’. Cen­tral to Trecartin’s prac­tice is his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lizzie Fitch, whom he met when they were first-year stu­dents of Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. The National Gallery of Vic­to­ria is proud to present the first major Aus­tralian exhi­bi­tion of Trecartin’s work Re’Search Wait’S, 2009-10, as well as the newly acquired Fitch/Trecartin ‘sculp­tural the­atre’ Avail­able Sync, 2011. Con­tinue reading…

Carsten Höller: Golden Mirror Carousel

10 OCT 2014 – 5 MAR 2015

Artist Carsten Höller works to turn real­ity on its head, cre­at­ing sit­u­a­tions through which we can reimag­ine how we move through the world and recon­sider our place in it. Draw­ing on social spaces out­side the museum, such as the amuse­ment park, zoo, or play­ground, the inter­ac­tions that Höller pro­poses through objects and sit­u­a­tions open up a range of new and unex­pected sen­sory rev­e­la­tions in art.

Golden Mir­ror Carousel 2014 is a major new sculp­tural com­mis­sion of a par­tic­i­pa­tory work by the Ger­man artist.

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David McDiarmid: When this you see remember me

9 MAY – 31 AUG 2014

I never saw art as being a safe thing. I know that exists but that’s not some­thing that involves me.
David McDi­armid, 1993

Defy­ing clas­si­fi­ca­tion, the work of David McDi­armid encom­passes the com­plex and inter­con­nected his­to­ries of art, craft, fash­ion, music, sex, gay lib­er­a­tion and iden­tity pol­i­tics; hap­pily resid­ing in the spaces between high and low art, pop­u­lar cul­ture and com­mu­nity engage­ment. At once kalei­do­scopic, cel­e­bra­tory and darkly humor­ous in tone, the artist’s idio­syn­cratic, highly per­sonal and at times, con­fes­sional work high­lights the rede­f­i­n­i­tion and decon­struc­tion of iden­ti­ties – “from camp to gay to queer” – draw­ing on the expe­ri­ences of a life intensely lived in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and New York. Chart­ing the shifts in pol­i­tics and indi­vid­ual and com­mu­nity expres­sion that unfold across the decades of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, this exhi­bi­tion also reveals McDiarmid’s artis­tic and grass­roots polit­i­cal response to the impact of HIV / AIDS dur­ing the 1980s and beyond, for which he is best known internationally.

Curated with Sally Gray, David McDi­armid Estate

Exhi­bi­tion web­site

Ode to Formation

A cat­a­logue essay on Belle Bassin’s work in Ode to Form, an exhi­bi­tion at West Space, curated by Kelly Fleidner.

Full text on the Ode to Form web­site: Ode to For­ma­tion  Con­tinue reading…

Melbourne Now

National Gallery of Vic­to­ria
NGV Inter­na­tional & NGV Aus­tralia
22 Novem­ber 2013 – 23 March 2014

Mel­bourne Now cel­e­brates the lat­est art, archi­tec­ture, design, per­for­mance and cul­tural prac­tice to reflect the com­plex cre­ative land­scape of Mel­bourne. The exhi­bi­tion involves more than 175 indi­vid­ual and group pre­sen­ta­tions, as well as a suite of spe­cial projects which extend from the visual arts to archi­tec­ture and design, dance and chore­og­ra­phy, per­for­mance art and sound.

This ambi­tious and far-reaching exhi­bi­tion across The Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia and NGV Inter­na­tional presents the var­i­ous ways in which visual artists and cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers pro­foundly con­tribute to the soci­ety in which we live, and to Mel­bourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cul­tural identity.

Mel­bourne Now is a col­lab­o­ra­tive, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest cura­tors and artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tors whose exper­tise and net­works rep­re­sent the excel­lence and diver­sity of Melbourne’s cul­tural community.

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