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Art Almanac June 2017

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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tapestry of light

RMIT researcher Dr Irene Barberis is travelling through Europe presenting Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination, a 36-metre interpretation of the 14th century Anger Apocalypse Tapestry (1377-1382) by Jean Bondol and Nicholas Bataille currently on display at the Château d’Angers castle in France. Compelled by the complexity and poetry of her experience with the original piece, Barberis embarked on a large-scale project to re-imagine the tapestry using nanoparticle technology. Glowing fibres and threads of natural, ultraviolet and phosphorous light comprise the enthralling radiant work now on view at St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels until 15 June. Also touring to museums and cathedrals in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, and at Canterbury Cathedral, United Kingdom in October. tapestryoflightproject.com…

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ngv festival of photography

William Eggleston, Patrick Pound, Bill Henson, Zoë Croggon and Ross Coulter are the focus artists for the ‘NGV Festival of Photography’ exhibitions on at NGV International and NGV Australia until 30 July. The festival is a chance to experience new works in photography, digitally-produced prints and film-based projects, and new creations made from existing and found photographic materials. Programs include ‘A Search For Meaning: Learning to Look at Photography’ on 4 June, 2–4pm with Dr Kiron Robinson, artist and lecturer, Photography, Victorian College of the Arts. Coulter discusses his influences and ideas on 9 July, 11am, and 11.30am Croggon gives insight into her practice, inspiration and technical approach. Photograph: Sean Fennessy Courtesy the artist and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne…

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documenta 14

Bonita Ely, Dale Harding and Gordon Hookey are exhibiting new works in Athens as part of ‘documenta 14’ until 16 July and in Kassel to mid September. Plastikus Progressus: Memento Mori (2017) and Interior Decoration (2013) by Ely will be installed across both cities to consider our footprint on the environment, this time through the prism of war highlighting pollution and population displacement as major problems. Set in landscapes that have experienced significant conflict, economic and psychological trauma the artist invokes the idea of ‘trans-ecology’ – that social and natural phenomena affect our physical and inner worlds. In another layer of investigation Ely will hold a workshop to discuss the experience of the individual and intergenerational relationships when post-traumatic stress disorder goes overlooked or untreated. Harding presents Body of Objects (2017), a…

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dark mofo

Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s (MONA) annual winter solstice festival; a ritualistic celebration of mythologies, traditions, darkness and light, as well as birth, death and renewal through art, theatre, music and cuisine, taking place from 8 to 21 June at various venues across the city. Austrian artist Hermann Nitsch will use approximately 500 litres of animal blood as his medium in 150.Action, a sacrificial performance, which has sparked controversy and backlash from animal rights activists over the slaughtering of a cow for art’s sake. However, Creative Director, Leigh Carmichael says the animal “will be killed humanely” at a local abattoir beforehand. “We understand that [Nitsch’s] work will be confronting and difficult, but we will not shy away from presenting work that challenges us to consider the…

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between the sheets

A collection of Australian and international artists’ books are going on display at Australian Galleries, Melbourne, after a successful showing at Gallery Central, Perth, curated by David Forrest and Jánis Nedéla of Gallery East, Western Australia. The artists work across printmaking, textile, sculpture and digital art. Forrest added that, “Artists’ books challenge the notions of the traditional book. Books, as objects become more than containers of information, but works of art in themselves. While many artists are concerned with content, whether it be images, ideas or inventions, others use a wide variety of media and ways to create a completely new artwork.” This iteration is a collaboration between the spaces and will include new books from Australian Galleries’ represented artists Deborah Williams, Geoffrey Ricardo, Heather Shimmen, Rosalind Atkins, Graeme Peebles, Fairlie…

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mad love

‘Australia now’ is a year-long government initiative aiming to promote and celebrate Australian arts, culture, science and innovation across Germany. Artist, del kathryn barton has curated works by a group of her contemporaries for ‘mad love’ at ARNDT Art Agency (A3), Berlin, opening on 6 June with a panel discussion by international and Australian curators. Exhibiting artists include Brook Andrew, del kathryn barton, Pat Brassington, Dale Frank, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Patricia Piccinini, Ben Quilty and Paul Yore. On view until 1 September are paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography and mixed media pieces which communicate the different ways that the body is a conduit or catalyst for instinct, desire, pleasure, thought, action and as barton writes, “BODY as unmitigated surges of light and energy, just briefly, but oh,…