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Art Almanac November/December 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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11 Issues

in this issue

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design canberra

From 9 to 29 November, Canberra will be celebrated as a hub for design through a curated program of events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, collaborations, and artists’ studios from a number of leading local makers. Craft ACT CEO and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan and Program Director Kate Nixon announced a major site-specific installation from Hannah Quinlivan – an ephemeral 3D spatial drawing that explores life post-crisis, with particular reference to Australia’s bush fires and the advent of COVID-19. There will also be a series of talks from Australian architect Michael Dysart, commentator Bernard Salt and artist Kirstie Rea, and various design and architectural tours. Eye-catching exhibitions include; ‘HOME:MADE’ and James Tylor’s ‘From An Untouched Landscape’ which draws attention to the contemporary absence of Aboriginal culture within the Australian landscape. designcanberrafestival.com.au…

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know my name

The program celebrates the significant contributions of Australian female artists to our cultural life, as well as the NGA’s new guiding principles to ensure gender equality in their future programing, collection development and organisational structures. The NGA invites the arts and cultural industries and communities, both locally and internationally, to recognise and highlight the work of women, traversing a range of different artistic and creative practices. ‘Know My Name’ will deliver a vibrant program of exhibitions and events, with commissions, creative collaborations, publications and partnerships, that speak to the importance of women artists throughout history – to see their art, hear their stories and know their names. From 13 November, the exhibition ‘Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now’ will stage more than 350 works, featuring artists such as Destiny Deacon,…

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hybrid: objects for future homes

Into the summer and until 28 February 2021, viewers can get out of the house to interrogate the contemporary urban condition and explore the role of the home in ‘Hybrid’, at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. Furniture and object designs from nine studios collaborating with researchers address the most pressing issues of our time, from the advent of climate change and poor air quality to global health. The contemporary curiosities include; respirators, a blood test, prosthetic foot, bioprinter and model of a 3D printed red and blue surgical heart. While diverse, the designs share an ameliorative utility with objects to refocus and de-stress, bring the experience of nature into the home and prompt serious contemplation. maas.museum…

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The original inhabitants of Melville and Bathurst Islands (located 80km north of Darwin), the Tiwi people are renowned for their extraordinary artistic and cultural practices, which are distinct from those of First Nations people of mainland Australia. From 13 November to 8 March 2021 the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will stage ‘TIWI’, the largest presentation of Tiwi art ever exhibited – showcasing almost 300 works, dating from 1911 to present day, by over 70 artists. This primary display of the NGV’s comprehensive collection of Tiwi art coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Tiwi Design art centre. Highlights include the forest of ironwood pukumani tutini (poles), ochre paintings on bark, canvas and paper created by senior artists including Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Nancy Henry and Kutuwulumi Kitty Kantilla, and layered canvases…

2 min.
she persists: perspectives on women in art & design

‘Can a woman who is an artist ever just be an artist? Can a woman – however virtuosic and talented, however disciplined – ever attain a fundamental freedom from the fact of her own womanhood?’ This question posed by award-winning novelist Rachel Cusk unfurls ‘She Persists’, a collection of perspectives on pivotal moments in and key considerations to the field of art and design by women, all drawn from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Collection. Arranged into five thematic chapters: Ambition, Perseverance, Activism, Feminisms and Identity, the publication features 34 essays and interviews by leading scholars, critics and NGV curators who, through a global lens, pen a compelling analysis on the complex relationships between art, gender identity and the politics of culture, and how socio-economical constructs have impacted these relationships…

2 min.
the art of laziness: contemporary art and post-work politics

In the forward accompanying ‘The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-Work Politics’, Dr Edward Colless, Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies at the Victorian College of the Art writes, ‘Two principles, despite their apparent paradox, quickly become agreeably clear in this anthology… that laziness can be an artful pursuit; and that, because of that artfulness, this pursuit is a type of work.’ True to Colless’ description, by critically analysing societal behaviours and theories, and investigating artistic practices, the publication affords a unique critical position – reconsidering what it means to be lazy, for the purpose of examining the correlations of art and visual culture to anti-work politics and the impact that work ethic has had on our understanding of art in a contemporary age. During a time in which creative…