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Art Almanac

Art Almanac December 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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sydney festival

Sydneysiders will be delighted with another spectacular program of cultural celebration for the 2020 ‘Sydney Festival’ from 8 to 26 January 2020. The calendar includes both free and ticketed events across the arts from the city to the west showcasing national and international artists working in a variety of artistic disciplines. From exhibitions to talks and workshops, installation to performance, dance, theatre, circus and opera, in both indoor and outdoor venues, there is something for everyone, adults and children alike. Highlights from the visual and performing arts line-up include ‘Dodecalis Luminarium’, a radiantly lit inflated labyrinth of winding paths and soaring domes, presented by Architects of Air UK in Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park, and at Bangaroo Reserve is ‘Proclamation’ a large-scale installation of 250 flags exploring diverse expressions of land and…

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the countess report

An upswing of women and non-binary participants in the art world has been recorded by The Countess Report who credit the change in representation to conversations stirred by their 2016 findings and ongoing commitment to highlighting the issue of inequality. Women’s participation in exhibitions has increased by 10-20%, however in the collections and exhibitions of state museums and galleries representation has decreased from 36.9% to 33.9% from 2016 to today. Women as ‘Australia Council Funded Artists’ is on the rise, and their position as curators and in senior roles remains strong, indeed, 52% of prize-winners are women – with the top ten prizes (in dollar value) being a 50/50 split. countess.report…

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lichtenstein to warhol

Until 9 March 2020 the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra welcomes us to engage with works from the Kenneth Tyler Collection, of American post-war art acquired by NGA in 1973. Master printer, Kenneth Tyler, worked with many artists during this time, his ambition to create art on a grand scale offered new possibilities for the production of their art. Combined with a second acquisition in 2002 the collection of over 7,400 pieces marks the gallery as keeper of one the most comprehensive collections of post-war American art outside the United States. The exhibition features candid photographs alongside works by Anni and Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Nancy Graves, David Hockney and others. nga.gov.au…

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A survey of more than 100 works from renowned Australian artist Robert Klippel (1920-2001) titled ‘Assembled’ has been curated by Kirsty Grant for the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria, and will be on view until 16 February 2020. Klippel’s experimental oeuvre, which found inspiration in everyday materials is presented in three epochs; Surrealist inspired sculptures and drawings, 1960s and 70s assemblage works and later career timber and machine part compositions. These conceptual categories, which reflect that many parts create a cohesive whole, parallel the innovation of his ‘assemblage’ practice overall which used diverse materials, techniques and played with scale referring back to a preoccupation with the organic and mechanical. twma.com.au…

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This summer, Olafur Eliasson brings his monumental site-specific installation, Riverbed (2014) to the southern hemisphere for the first time. One hundred tonnes of material will span the ground floor of Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA); transforming it into a vast ‘post-apocalyptic’ landscape of rocks, soil and streaming water, which en-masse addresses themes of sustainability and climate change. Eliasson also questions the traditional role of the museum and the relationship between artist, building and viewer. By exploring the process of inhabiting space, Eliasson draws our attention away from the walls and encourages us to explore the artwork; literally. Part of ‘Water’, a major exhibition featuring over 40 works exploring the cultural, ecological and political significance of water, on show from 7 December to 26 April 2020. qagoma.qld.gov.au…

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horizon lines

University of Melbourne ‘Horizon Lines’ celebrates the 50-year anniversary of two important print scholarships, ‘The Harold Wright Scholarship’ and ‘The Sarah and William Holmes Scholarship’ both initiated in 1969 for Australian and New Zealand print scholars, which to this day offers opportunity for recipients to visit the British Museum in London to explore one of the oldest print collections in the world while undertaking research. From cover to cover we are treated to a splendid presentation of prints dating from the 14th to 20th century from the likes of Rembrandt van Rijn, Samuel Palmer, Giovanni Batista, Hendrick Goltzins, Claude Flight, C.R.W. Nevinson and Paul Nash, Ethel Spowers, Eveline Syme, and others. Essays from a number of scholarship recipients including Louise Voll Box, Luke Morgan, Marguerite Brown, Anne Ryan and Stephen Coppel, to…