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Art Almanac June 2019

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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in this issue

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dark mofo

‘Dark Mofo’ takes on Hobart’s wintery nights with a hot program of art, music, feasts, rituals and a symposium weekend; presented by Mona – Museum of Old and New Art within several venues across the city from 6 to 23 June. This year’s theme delves ‘within a forest dark’, a line from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy where the protagonist begins his descent into Hell before reaching salvation, ‘Dark Mofo’ guides the audience on a similar journey through simulated, mediated and real violence, extinction and the supernatural; showcasing everything from virtual reality, radioactive art, and deafening noise in a lead up to the solstice night, and a return to the light. Festival highlights: ‘A Forest’ is a contemporary ruin of art, noise, performance, and the violent undergrowth of human nature including, but…

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‘Hatched: National Graduate Show’ hosted by Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) is on view until 7 July. In this 28th iteration of the showcase we find the work of 18 artists that demonstrate expansive forms of contemporary practice and share a desire to explore our emotional, psychological and social spaces, digging deep into how we intellectually (individually and collectively) construct these worlds and what their material traces are. In addition to the group exhibition several development opportunities have been awarded; Dennis Golding, a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist will undertake a residency at PICA in partnership with the North Metropolitan TAFE, and Anita Cummins has won the $50,000 Schenberg Art Fellowship for her works feelings (2018) and I got out of bed today (2018).…

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bay arts festival

From 8 to 10 June the ‘Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival’ invites art lovers to the East Coast of Tasmania, from Four Mile Creek to St Marys, Scamander and Binalong Bay, to celebrate the vibrant and diverse creative output of Tasmanian-based artists and craftspeople. The program includes workshops, demonstrations, performance and music, an Arts Trail, gallery exhibitions, artist open studios and the announcement of the winners of the Bay of Fires Art Prize. Bringing the festivities to a close on Sunday 9 June the Bay of Fires Arts Market offers a chance for visitors to browse an array of artisan stalls and buy artworks directly from the makers, on at St Helens from 10am to 3pm. bayoffireswinterartsfestival.com.au…

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glen eira storytelling festival

Artists, writers and entertainers converge in the City of Glen Eira for the ninth edition of the ‘Glen Eira Storytelling Festival’ from 22 June to 7 July. Fascinating narrations of the past and present will be seen and heard with exhibitions, screenings, comedy, theatre, writing workshops, panel discussions, artist talks and more. Events include ‘Talking Indigenous Digital Storytelling’ at Glen Eira City Council Gallery on 22 June, where an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous artists works are also on view. ‘Writers Victoria’ is set to present a series of Author readings at Glen Eira Town Hall on 26 June, and on 3 July ‘Open Mic’ at The Royal Bar in Glen Huntley invites poets, playwrights, singers, comedians, performers and other storytellers to take the stage. gleneira.vic.gov.au/stf…

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dia-rong lee

Fremantle Art Centre presents a new body of work from Dia-Rong Lee from 8 June to 21 July, as a result of the Asialink exchange between the Perth gallery and the Taipei Artists Village. This is the tenth collaboration of its kind, a unique opportunity for artists to enjoy cross-cultural and a new artistic context across the Asia-Pacific. Taiwanese artist Dia-Rong works mainly in ceramic sculpture, producing pieces that have been described as self-consciously sensual and fleshy, focused on the human body as a hybrid form. These new forms reflect on her experience of local materials and techniques as well as an aesthetic and cultural change.…

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the word is art

Essentially this is a book about the ‘death of the book’, as artist and curator Michael Petry addresses concerns with advancing technology and its threat to the written word; he asks what value can text hold in the sphere of visual art? The answer is found, ironically, in Petry’s own text, that words are a principle tool of communication and remain ‘critical, powerful, and central to art.’ With images and text in equal measure, this publication follows the use of the word throughout art history, from ancient Greece to the present with reference to art movements and art forms as well as a focus on contemporary artists who use text and language to highlight pressing global issues: religion, politics, race, and gender.…