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Art Almanac

Art Almanac July - August 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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some mysterious process

Doug Aitken Ghada Amer Kamrooz Aram Louise Bourgeois Lubna Chowdhary Tracey Emin Gilbert & George Philip Guston David Hockney Shirazeh Houshiary Anish Kapoor Yves Klein Sol LeWitt Tala Madani I Nyoman Masriadi Kazuko Miyamoto Bridget Riley Edward Ruscha Doris Salcedo Dana Schutz Yinka Shonibare Shahzia Sikander Cy Twombly Stanley Whitney Zhang Xiaogang and more…

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darwin aboriginal art fair

The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) goes online, providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and a broader Australian and international audience with a new ‘virtual fair’, digital events and programming through which to connect, from 6 to 14 August. Online exhibition portals enable more than 50 Art Centres to showcase and sell their artists’ work. At the same time, the public program comprises cultural performances, workshops and demonstrations, Indigenous food experiences, panel discussions, lunchtime music gigs and a children’s collaborative art project hosted on the DAAF website and social platforms. Six online sessions via the ‘Cultural Keepers Program’ will bring together Indigenous curators, senior Art Centre staff and special guests from international Indigenous Nations, to facilitate an exchange of stories and a ‘behind the scenes’ look into the world…

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telstra natsiaa

67 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists will exhibit at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) as finalists in the 2020 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). It is Australia’s longest-running Indigenous art award with 37 years in tow and is contemporary in its mandate of exhibiting works created in the last 12 months, which have not been shown before or on sale. Winners announced on 7 August, will share in $80,000 across seven categories. Amala Groom, Cassie Leatham, Krystal Hurst and Ryan Presley are some of the finalists involved. Brisbane-based artist Presley describes his new painting Crown Land (till the ends of the earth) as one which ‘considers the pressures on Aboriginal people and communities by colonialism in the contemporary era. Pressures…

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making art work

As we ruminate on a ‘new normal’ the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (IMA) are a few paces ahead responding in real-time to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts. ‘Making Art Work’ is a commissioning program inspired by Depression-era economic stimulus, which will also result in a book to be released in 2021. Supporting artists creatively and financially, it reinforces the importance of creative labour in a time where the cultural and economic value of art doesn’t feel like a priority. Supported by the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland, the initiative sees 40 artists deliver new works; with the IMA as mediator it shines a light on the, or a, gallery’s potential to stimulate the economy and ‘foster solidarity and demonstrate the public ‘use’ of art and the art institution’. Artists,…

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sala festival

The 2020 iteration of the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival encouraged participating artists to reflect on the restricted movement this year has seen. Adapting to the current climate, SALA anticipated it’s program, running from 1 to 31 August, would be delivered solely online for the first time, via the SALA website and app. Easing restrictions has instead seen a return to traditional venues – such as Art Gallery of South Australia, where this year’s featured artist, Kristen Coelho, is exhibiting alongside Margaret Dodd and Tom Moore. Meanwhile, online events including virtual exhibitions, video artist talks and studio tours will concurrently be available, to allow participants to engage with the festival while adhering to social distancing measures. CEO of SALA Kate Moskwa said, ‘In these changing and challenging times connection to…

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ciaf 2020 the cultural evolution

In a first for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), the dynamic program championing Queenland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture will be delivered entirely online. Jania Hading, Artistic Director of CIAF, stated that the 2020 Fair is much more than a series of events that can be embraced, engaged with and enjoyed online, but at a profound level is a reflection of First Peoples’ resilience and survival skills. From 14 to 23 August, the digital translation of the event program of ‘CIAF 2020 – The Cultural Evolution’ will be transported across the globe. Bookended by opening and closing ceremonies, the 10 day event program will include virtual gallery exhibitions: ‘Climate Change Themed Art Fair’ and ‘Under Currents – Cook 2020’, live streamed performances, webinars, weaving workshops, community spotlights,…