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Art Almanac

Art Almanac April 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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photo 2020

More than 120 artists will participate in the ‘PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography’ that promises to be an engaging biennale centred on ideas critical to contemporary photographic discourse. With the advent of the web and then boom of social media and recording devices, the way we consume, share and understand information has changed phenomenally. Reading habits have shifted and self-publishing emerged – so it’s accurate to say a picture tells a thousand words – and with that comes great responsibility. As such the festival presents us with a challenging theme – Truth. As Elias Redstone, Artistic Director, says ‘Exploring the power of truth in photography is more important than ever in our current social, political and cultural climate.’ Redstone affirms that the artists were carefully selected for their ability to reflect…

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penrith regional turns 40

Gerald and Margo Lewers were leading artists in the development of modernism in Australian art. Their home and studio in Sydney’s Emu Plains, now known as the Penrith Regional Gallery, became the epicentre of intellectual discourse and creativity in the area and continues to offer a dynamic program of events, education and exhibitions, as well as a vast collection of artworks. The first regional gallery in Western Sydney celebrates its 40-year anniversary with a series of talks and events, as well as a suite of exhibitions titled ‘Dream Realised: our community victory’ from 4 April to 9 August. Shows focus on the Lewers’ creative partnership, showcase acquisitions funded and supported by the Friends of Penrith Regional Gallery, and highlight the practice of their first President, and artist, Warwick Fuller. penrithregionalgallery.com.au…

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sculpture at scenic world

Beneath the canopy of an ancient rainforest, discover the latest iteration of ‘Sculpture at Scenic World’, a regional outdoor sculpture exhibition, set along the 2.4km Scenic Walkway in the heart of the Blue Mountains from 9 April to 10 May. All exhibiting artists are in the running for the coveted Scenic World Major Prize of $20,000. Free public programs include daily tours and kids’ activities. “Sculpture at Scenic World’ takes art beyond the white walls of the gallery space to create the unexpected among the natural environment,’ says curator, Justin Morrisse. ‘It invites visitors to explore nature and art in new ways; to discover more about our world heritage environment, and to celebrate the incredible talents of artists who have adapted their ideas to suit the natural environment.’ sculptureatscenicworld.com.au…

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auckland air fair

Neighbouring galleries and artists in New Zealand gather for the ‘Auckland Art Fair’ this month – with Australian and international exhibitors to boot. The fair is on view from Wednesday 29 April to Sunday 3 May and takes place at The Cloud at Queens Wharf with the main space comprised of established galleries. The mezzanine level and Britomart showcase emerging artists and early-career artists without representation. Australian outfits participating for the first time include Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, showing Lisa Reihana’s new work, and Brisbane’s Edwina Corlette Gallery whose booth will include artists Sally Anderson, Stefan Dunlop, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Eliza Gosse. Returning galleries include, Sarah Cottier Gallery, taking Todd McMillan, while good things come in threes at Fine Arts with Kate Newby, Yona Lee and Michael Stevensen. Fox Jensen McCrory will…

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Perimeter Editions, in partnership with STATION gallery, bring us the second title surveying Laith McGregor’s works; a richly illustrated book which features an essay by Brisbane-based writer and curator Hamish Sawyer, accompanying 40 images of McGregor’s works from his Island Drawings and Island Collages series. The book’s pages are largely filled with the images of McGregor’s series – meticulously rendered greyscale drawings and gaudy collages of postcard scenes, as the title suggests, depicting island life. Palm trees, sandy beaches, thatched huts, beached rafts, sunsets and calm seas are reoccurring motifs. Aptly the artist lives and works between Byron Bay and Bali, however somewhat ironically, it was his time spent on Suomenlinna Island, Finland during an Australian Council of the Arts residency program, that was the catalyst for the tropical collage works. In…

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louise haselton act natural

Sculptor Lousie Haselton explores the inner life of natural forms and industrial castoffs allowing reconfigurations to occur in unexpected ways. From these everyday items the artist builds new meaning that disrupt their internal logic. For instance, a spider sea shell attached with tubular metal extensions, alters the dynamics of the shell beyond its physicality or an industrial sized roll of paper, cement bricks and small marble blocks are lined up along the floor with poles extending upwards partially covered with denim to frame the open space of this constructed rectangle. Leigh Robb comments, ‘Her sculptures and installations deftly control emptiness and amplify silence – they hint at hidden spaces.’ Studies in English Literature and comparative religions underpin Haseltons’s early works and show her love of teasing out the play between text…