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Art Almanac December 2018/January 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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The first day of summer at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum is celebrated with stories of love – a universal concept that we embrace in many ways. ‘Love’ wraps itself in friendship, desire, devotion and romance and nurtures pain and heartache. From 1 December the Museum morphs into an intimate storytelling ‘love seat’ exploring expressions of love through personal items, shared experiences and commissioned artworks. The audience is invited to wander through the space with a digital guide accompanied by a musical soundtrack, moving through to purpose-built ‘love shacks’ then leave their own impressions of love at the Heart Garden installation. Works from the Heide Museum of Modern Art Collection, and a sparkling performance work by The Huxleys, complement the exhibition. Concludes 28 April 2019. museumsvictoria.com.au…

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picasso: the vollard suite

In 1930 Pablo Picasso began his most celebrated series of etchings, which he exchanged seven years later with modern art dealer and print publisher Ambroise Vollard for a selection of French Impressionist paintings. The complete suite of 100 works, on loan from the National Gallery of Australia, is on view now at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) until 3 February 2019. The works are indicative of the key themes in his practice; male sexuality, fear, obsession and history and contain core symbols from the artist as minotaur and Pygmalion. AGSA’s display is paired with screenings of Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet (1930), Picasso’s friend and collaborator. artgallery.sa.gov.au…

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destination sydney: re-imagined

Art historian Lou Klepac has worked with the directors of Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and S.H. Ervin Gallery on a special collaboration to impart the spirit of Sydney. This summer the spaces will host concurrent exhibitions comprising 130 works from Ken Done, Adrian Feint, Ethel Carrick-Fox, Nicholas Harding, Michael Johnson, Robert Klippel, Roy de Maistre, Wendy Sharpe and Jeffrey Smart. ‘Re-imagined’ is the third iteration of the successful theme, with the artists chosen for the unique ways, conceptually and materially, in which they have engaged with or been inspired by Sydney. Audiences can experience the landscape, urban and natural, as they move between the three venues. Showing from 7 December to 17 March 2019, along with free and ticketed events. mgnsw.org.au mosmanartgallery.org.au shervingallery.com.au…

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nick cave: until

American artist Nick Cave presents ‘UNTIL’, an exhibition exploring race relations, gender politics and gun violence in America and how these issues resonate in communities around the world. Cave’s 12-metre long, six-metre wide Crystal Cloudscape installation is a commanding presence suspended from the rafters of Carriageworks in Sydney. The enormous chandelier-like sculpture weighing five tonne is made of thousands of crystals, beads and found materials. Visitors are invited to climb one of four ladders to view the myriad of objects encompassing the top surface of the work. Also on view is Hy-Dyve, a 14-channel video, Flow/Blow, a fan-propelled wall of shimmering mylar filament, and the Beaded Cliff Wall constructed with millions of plastic hair pony beads. On view until 3 March 2019. carriageworks.com.au…

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love & desire

The Pre-Raphaelite movement drew inspiration from history, literature and religion to create detailed, colourful compositions dense with symbolic meaning. From Shakespeare’s tragic-romantic characters to Tennyson’s Arthurian maidens, and Victorian narratives of fallen women and moral conduct, their works combined medieval romanticism and modern life anchored to female beauty, sexual yearning and altered states of consciousness. The National Gallery of Australia presents ‘Love & Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate’, exclusive to Canberra from 14 December to 28 April 2019. The exhibition includes some of Tate Britain’s most iconic paintings of the period, alongside 40 loans from British and Australian collections. Together they form an impressive survey of the 1848 movement: its themes, different styles, draughtsmanship and fondness for collaboration. nga.gov.au…

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sydney festival

Sydney Festival returns to transform the city with a diverse program of music, cabaret, circus, dance, theatre and visual art, as well as scheduled talks and workshops, from 9 to 27 January 2019. Experience site-specific soundscapes resonating from an enormous decommissioned military fuel tank hidden in Mosman, or get physical as you collectively cycle 384,400km in celebration of the first moon landing at World Square. Be confronted by socio-political issues in Jacob Nash’s large-scale outdoor sculpture dealing with the impact of colonialism; Ryan Presley’s reinvention of national currency as a celebration of Indigenous history, or Phuong Ngo’s ten-day durational performance inspired by immigration involving the folding of thousands of origami boats, and recorded interviews with Vietnamese refugees. sydneyfestival.org.au…