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Art Almanac July 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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1 min.
cairns indigenous art fair

‘When we are on Country, we flourish’ is the premise behind this year’s ‘Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’ (CIAF) theme: Connection to Country. Curated by CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding, and renowned curator and writer, Hetti Perkins, the three-day event celebrates the vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of far North Queensland through art, crafts, performance and fashion, as well as children’s activities, workshops, artist talks and a symposium held primarily at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal from 12 to 15 July. ‘CIAF 2018’ launches on Thursday 12 July at 6.30pm with a Welcome to Country by the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people followed by the announcement of the CIAF Art Awards winners, who will receive a share of $50,000 across six categories. ciaf.com.au Photograph: Blueclick Photography Courtesy Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Queensland…

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perth international film festival

Revelation Perth International Film Festival began in 1997 in the basement of Perth’s legendary jazz venue the Greenwich Club with one person, two projectors and 12 films. Today, it includes over 120 contemporary independent films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafés and bars across Perth. From 5 to 18 July, visitors can enjoy Australian and world premiere films of all genres along with art exhibitions, industry discussions, live performances, masterclasses and more. The festival sees over 500 works submitted for selection from local and international filmmakers, with strong experimental and documentary representations. A non-profit organisation, ‘Revelation’ maintains an ethical partnership agenda and has a strong social justice program. It uses film as a backdrop for wider conversation about ‘cinema, ideas, politics, personality, history, access and equity’. revelationfilmfest.org…

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ryoji presents micro / macro

Installations by Japanese electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda, will be on show free to the public at Carriageworks in Sydney from 5 to 29 July, 10am to 6pm. Two monumental-sized works created during a residency at Switzerland’s CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, explore the intersection between art and science. Ikeda draws understanding from, and invites an introspective look at the universe bringing what is beyond our reachable limits into our own experiential sphere. the planck universe [micro] depicts the minute elements of nature amplified to human scale, while a ten-metre high projection wall hosting the planck universe [macro] portrays nature scanned from human into cosmological scale. Ikeda presents an elaborate and immersive encounter with the outer limits of the cosmos. carriageworks.com.au Ryoji Ikeda, the planck universe [macro], 2015…

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tribal art fair

Cell Block Hall in the grounds of National Art School (NAS), Sydney, is the venue for the 2018 ‘Tribal Art Fair’ on Saturday 21 July, from 9am to 5pm. Presented by the Oceanic Art Society (OAS) it will feature a large collection of both traditional and contemporary art and objects, including masks, carvings, bilum bags, pottery, tapa and paintings from Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australasia, Asia and Africa. The fair will bring collectors and the public together with society members who are experienced in Oceanic artefacts and artworks. A silent auction will entice visitors with the opportunity to purchase works. OAS aims to promote, foster and encourage a universal interest and understanding of primitive art and culture from the Oceania region. oceanicartsociety.org.au Courtesy Oceanic Art Society, New South Wales…

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melbourne art fair

This year’s ‘Melbourne Art Fair’ (MAF) presents a curated selection of works by some of the most exciting established and emerging artists from 40 leading galleries across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The Fair will take place from 2 to 5 August in a temporary structure in the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). As the flagship event of the biennial ‘Melbourne Art Week’, 30 July to 5 August – produced by Melbourne Art Foundation – MAF has partnered with over 50 galleries and institutions with a colourful calendar of talks, tours, events and performances celebrating contemporary art and encouraging discourse. Philip Tinari, Director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), will deliver the Melbourne Art Week Keynote on Tuesday 31 July at…

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tracey moffatt: my horizon

‘My fantasy is in my strange brain.’ – Tracey Moffatt Published to accompany her exhibition as the Australian representative at the 2017 ‘Venice Biennale’, this is the first book on Tracey Moffatt in ten years. Colour images of Moffatt’s stylised photographs and films across 160 pages accompany essays and interviews by Germano Celant, Adrian Martin, Moira Roth, Susan Bright, Djon Mundine, Alexis Wright, and Romaine Moreton, celebrating one of Australia’s most renowned artists and her unique politico-personal engagement with the language of cinema.…