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Art Almanac February 2018

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

1 min.
a window on italy

‘A Window on Italy – the Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence’ will be on view at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 24 February to 18 June. Preserved through the centuries, having survived the threat of war and flood, this selection of works has never left Italy nor presented in a touring exhibition, until now. Explore Florentine life through Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Italian artists such as Botticelli, Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Pontormo, as well as decorative objects and furniture from the Palazzo Corsini. The showcase opens with ‘A Florentine Festival’ on 24 February at 10am along with a series of visitor programs that include curator talks, opera performances, Renaissance dance, Italian jazz, wine and, of course, pasta. artgallery.wa.gov.au Courtesy Galleria Corsini, Florence and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth…

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the oceanic

Artists, filmmakers, composers and researchers focus on the Pacific in this exhibition which addresses large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres, in particular the long term affects of nuclear experiments – asking who owns the ocean, who are the regulators and spotlighting the fatal affects of the global carbon footprint. Australian artist Newell Harry’s work was inspired by the concept of the Kula Ring, a ceremonial exchange system practiced in the Trobriand Islands, and will exhibit alongside an international cohort at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore until 4 March. For the show the participants went on expeditions to Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and the Fijian Lau Islands, hosted by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. ntu.ccasingapore.org Courtesy the artist and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Malaysia…

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the lady and the unicorn

Akin to the beguiling energy of the Mona Lisa, the ‘Lady and the Unicorn’ has long captured our imagination and avoided stasis over centuries. The medieval Western series comprises six tapestries representing the five senses; with the final piece an ode to the heart, bearing the text ‘Mon seul désir’. In each symbolic composition a lion and unicorn join the female protagonist. Her persona, as well as the poetry of human experience, is alluded to with symbolic flowers, animals and trees against a rich red ground. In Australia for the first time, and on their third journey outside France since creation circa 1500, the textiles will be on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 10 February to 24 June, on loan from Musée de Cluny, Paris. artgallery.nsw.gov.au Photograph:…

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perth festival

From political and cultural topics; colonisation, globalisation, migration and climate change to historical explorations, science, nature and personal belonging, the ‘Perth Festival’s’ 2018 visual arts program is packed with free and ticketed events at venues across the City of Perth from 9 February to 4 March. Visitors can experience sculpture, photography, film, music, dance, performance and workshops. Exhibition highlights include: Lisa Reihana’s ‘Emissaries’ at John Curtin Gallery opening 4 February to 22 April, Latai Taumoepeau at Fremantle Arts Centre with ‘Repatriate’ commencing 7 February to 23 March, Zadok Ben-David’s ‘Human Nature’ at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery from 10 February to 21 April, and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art hosts ‘Zone of Nowhere’ by Kimsooja from 17 February to 25 April and the epic 24-hour performance of ‘The Second Woman’ from…

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midawarr | harvest: the art of mulkuṉ wirrpanda and john wolseley

The National Museum of Australia in Canberra celebrates the diverse stories of Australia with a focus on Indigenous history and culture, European settlement and the land. Until 18 February in the Studio Gallery the museum is showing the work of artist John Wolseley and Yol ŋ u artist, Mulku ṉ Wirrpanda. This is a collaborative exhibition between two senior practitioners with an extraordinary friendship and a shared enthusiasm for traditional Yol ŋ u plant use. The specially commissioned works will take viewers on a captivating exploration of Wirrpanda’s country with Wolseley’s vast panoramic scroll painting of a floodplain and 60 paintings and memorial poles by Wirrpanda, which intricately depict Yol ŋ u plants from the north-east of Arnhem Land. nma.gov.au Photograph: Joseph Brady Courtesy the artists and National Museum of Australia, Australian…

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the other moderns: sydney’s forgotten european design legacy

‘The Other Moderns’ chronicles the émigré designers, photographers, architects and manufacturers from Europe who brought Modernism to Australia during the 1930s and 60s. The aesthetics and philosophy of which shaped our suburbs and cities during the post war building boom and the introduction of the high-rise. Among the highly skilled craftspeople, several established the multi-national building companies of today such as Lend Lease, Stockland, Meriton and others. Profiling notable architects including Henry Epstein and Hugo Stossel and their contemporaries and illustrated with photographic imagery of furniture, interiors and facades from suburban houses and city dwellings to office buildings, we see how the modernist style and its proponents broke new ground in Australia.…