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Art Almanac February 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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11 Issues

in this issue

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the clock

Christian Marclay’s 24-hour single-channel montage, The Clock (2010), contains over 12,000 cinema and television extracts from canonical thrillers, westerns, musicals and sci-fi through to obscure art-house oddities. Scenes from car chases and boardrooms to emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, and high-noon shootouts, Orson Welles impaled on a clock tower in ‘The Stranger’ (1946), the lightning strike at 10.04pm in ‘Back to the Future’ (1985), Big Ben exploding in ‘V for Vendetta’ (2005), or Helen Morse asking one of her students for the time in ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ (1975) provide cues as to the role of time’s passage in the appropriated film narrative and serve as a functioning timepiece that marks the exact time, in real time for the audience. The Clock plays with the viewer’s sense of expectation, casting time…

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shapes of knowledge

Eight projects as well as public programming and publishing from Australian and international artists and thinkers reflect on the relationship between pedagogy and contemporary art in ‘Shapes of Knowledge’ curated by Hannah Matthews. On show at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA from 9 February to 13 April. A Centre for Everything (ACE) makes critical comment with a replica of a famous mining magnate’s 30-ton iron ore boulder inscribed a poem lamenting mining taxes. ACE will serve ‘icecoal’ treats from the sculpture and expose connections between Australian cultural organisations and the fossil fuel industry. Looking at carbon through a different lens, the socially and environmentally engaged practice of Lucas Ihlein presents a model of the Yeomans Carbon Still to explore the viability of accrediting the soil testing system for a…

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the theatre is lying

‘The Theatre is Lying’ presented by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) until 24 March is first in a series of Macfarlane Commissions, support which will roll out over the next six years with five mid-career Australian and international artists invited to make a new large-scale work for the gallery. This show summons an alternate reality through theatrical and cinematic techniques as ACCA states, to reflect ‘the everyday reality of our fictive life and times.’ Curated by Max Delany and Annika Kristensen ‘The Theatre is Lying’ explores the representations and misrepresentations of cinema and media with new work from Anna Breckon & Nat Randall, Sol Calero, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Matthew Griffin and Daniel Jenatsch. A 90-minute film Rear View (2018) shot in a single take, features the exchanges between Randall and co-star…

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confined 10

The Torch celebrates a ten-year milestone with the presentation of ‘Confined 10’, an exhibition delivered annually under the Statewide Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community (SIAPC) program aimed at nurturing positive change and rehabilitation. ‘Painting has given me a lot of faith in myself, more confidence and I have a stronger connection with community’ – Ray Traplin, Kuku Yalangi. ‘Confined 10’ showcases a vibrant display of over 200 works by Indigenous men and women artists who are currently in, or have been released from Victorian prisons and is on show at Carlisle Street Arts Space, Melbourne until 27 February. The large number of works on view are a strong visual metaphor for the over-representation of Aboriginal people in Australia’s criminal justice system. The exhibition is part of the Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee Indigenous arts…

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australian art exhibitions: opening our eyes

Based on their experiences and research of a selection of core Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art exhibitions staged between 1950-2009, the authors of ‘Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening Our Eyes’, have collated this chronological study. Together they shine a light on the valuable contributions these shows have made to Australian art history. From personal input and collective analysis they reveal how art has helped change past views of Australia, once perceived as a ‘cultural wasteland’, to a country with a multicultural identity. This hardcover book offers essay material, gallery install shots, photographs and reproductions, which promotes the artists and recognises the work of curators, directors, administrators and art historians.…

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kathleen o’connor of paris

We follow the steps of artist Kathleen O’Connor (1876-1968) whose independent spirit drove her to leave conservative Perth, after the sudden and tragic death of her father, for life in bohemian Paris. This biography is written partly as narrative and from research as the author Amanda Curtin journeyed to Europe to retrace O’Connor’s past in the early 20th century amidst the high life of Paris between the wars, she lived in Montparnasse, shared studios and exhibited for over 40 years. O’Connor’s remarkable life was not without its struggles of limited finances and the experience of two world wars where she retreated to London on one of the last trains out of the French Quarter.…