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Art Almanac

Art Almanac February 2020

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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manly dam project

Eight contemporary artists; Shoufay Derz, Blak Douglas, Nigel Helyer, David Middlebrook, Sue Pedley, Melissa Smith, Cathe Stack and Nicole Welch – along with eight engineers from the Water Research Laboratory (WRL), formed an open forum to research and discuss the critical role water and coastal management play in Australia’s future. Their focus, the Manly Dam area – a unique landscape in Sydney’s north rich in natural biodiversity, shaped by the interventions of engineering and science, layered with Aboriginal cultural significance, and social and recreational activity. Their efforts led to the Manly Dam Project, curated by Professor Ian Turner and Katherine Roberts, and the third of a series of significant art and science partnership projects involving the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, with works currently on show until 23 February. Some artists drew…

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can’t do tomorrow

Melbourne’s new urban art festival ‘Can’t Do Tomorrow’ is open from 20 to 29 February in The Facility, a warehouse space in Kensington. The ticketed event will showcase work across three exhibition zones curated by Toby Benador. Audiences will find ‘Unleash’ a selection of new work for sale by 80 independent artists, ‘Unlock’ comprises presentations from galleries showing both new work and charting the development of urban art, and ‘Unlimited’ is an immersive display of installation and experiential art from Alex Lehours, Callum Preston, Georgie Seccull – as well as Kaff-eine whose work ‘Infinite Thanks’ pays tribute to LGBTQI ‘rainbow deities’ and Michael Peck who prompts us to consider the postmodern condition, whilst floating in a sailboat within a shipping container. cantdotomorrow.com…

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asia topa

Asia TOPA continues through March with special presentations of theatre, music, visual art and performance exploring the connections between contemporary Australia and its growing diaspora. Among the many venues participating, we suggest visiting Arts Centre Melbourne to see ‘Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind’ by Phaptawan Suwannakudt, a multi-sensory installation evoking spiritual elements from Suwannakudt’s personal history. Other interesting installations include ‘Biometric Mirror’ at the University of Melbourne, and ‘HuRU-hARa’ and ‘When It Rains (I feel like eating Jeon)’ at Abbotsford Convent. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will present a speculative future in ‘Feedback Loops’, the National Gallery of Victoria traces the history of Chinese photography in ‘Turning Points’, screens Shirin Neshat’s video work ‘Dreamers’, and exhibits ‘Japanese Modernism’, whereas The Substation hosts a survey of Akio Suzuki’s aurally…

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adelaide festival

‘Adelaide Festival’ celebrates a 60-year milestone with over 70 events taking place around the city from 28 February to 15 March, and will be sharing the spotlight with the 30th anniversary of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s ‘Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art’ showcasing ‘Monster Theatres’. Curator Leigh Robb says the show ’proposes an arena of speculation, a circus of the unorthodox and the absurd, a shadow play between truth and fiction.’ Visual art, theatre, music, opera, dance, film and writing across 16 Australian premieres and seven world debuts alongside 17 events exclusive to Adelaide fill the program. Major highlights include Samstag Museum of Art’s ‘2020 Adelaide//International’, which explores how built forms can engage us in the social, spatial and temporal present across five exhibits including ‘Somewhere Other’ by artists John Wardle…

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present tense

Doug Hall ‘Present Tense’ is a record of the journey and contribution Anna Schwartz has made with several contemporary Australian art galleries and her unwavering advocacy for artists and ideas. It is not only a recollection of events but also the active element by which 35 years of artistic alchemy is enacted – the relationships one forms. The book communicates an oeuvre of personal and professional creativity, perhaps these are inextricable, through historical vignettes, interviews, photographs and artworks traversing key figures in Australian art and culture, at home and as they take international stage. The book opens with a rich family history, imparting how Schwartz’s personal and family’s ideological compass and experience of Modernism in Australia foregrounded bold experimentation in the arts. As Schwartz shares ‘A defining moment [for me] was…

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step into paradise

‘I have to be close to nature. I really cherish this Earth, and it inspires everything I do.’ – Jenny Kee Two of Australia’s most iconic textile and haute couture designers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are celebrated in ‘Step Into Paradise’, an exhibition on view at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney until 22 March and in this richly illustrated publication. Presented as the first in-depth survey of their work in the field of fashion from the 1970s until now the book features a marvellous display of Kee and Jackson’s designs, highly recognisable for their bright dyes and bold patterns, predominantly inspired by the flora, fauna and landscapes of the Australian bush and deserts, the pair treasure so deeply. From the outset, we are drawn into the artists’ dazzling…