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Art Almanac November 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

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watters gallery

November brings a celebratory farewell to Watters Gallery, one of Sydney’s longest running commercial art galleries founded in 1964 by Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge. After more than five decades presenting Australian and international artists to their audience, the directors have decided it’s time to close the doors for the very last time. The gallery first opened in a terrace house in Liverpool Street Darlinghurst and later moved to the current location at 109 Riley Street, the building that was once the Harp of Erin Hotel, and ironically it traded for almost 50 years too. As well as bringing a diverse stable of artists and their work to the public, Watters Gallery was also a popular venue for dance, poetry recitals, experimental film, and music, with a series of jazz, modern…

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artstate bathurst

‘Artstate’ celebrates the creativity of the arts across regional New South Wales developed by Regional Arts NSW as part of a four-year project. ‘Artstate Bathurst’ is on from 1 to 4 November with a vibrant calendar of events including theatre, music, dance, film and a lively visual arts program. Exhibitions will challenge, compel and confront the audience with works by some of the most exciting artists from the region. Highlights include Central West artist, Nicole Welch presenting two new works Transformation and Mementos at Tremain’s Mill on Thursday 1 November, and the Artstate Conference on 2 and 3 November which sees keynote speakers including NAVA’s Esther Anatolitas, artist Jonathon Jones and others engage with the 2018 themes; A Sense of Place and Robust Regions. artstate.com.au…

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david goldblatt: photographs 1948-2018

David Goldblatt (1930-2018) is internationally renowned for his portrayal of South Africa during the rise and dismantling of Apartheid; with their intense human focus, his photographs offer powerful reflection and insight into the country’s turbulent political and social history. Part of Sydney International Art Series, this exhibition features Goldblatt’s key photographic series as well as early vintage prints and never-before-seen material from the artist’s personal archive. Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia until 3 March 2019, ‘David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018’ showcases images that depict South Africa’s mining industry, white middle class, forced segregation of non-white communities, and stories of the country’s ex-offenders and their crimes. Goldblatt’s work resonates with human struggles across the globe, and the brutal history of modern civilisation, including that of Australia. mca.com.au…

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design canberra

DESIGN Canberra is on from 5 to 25 November. The festival comprises more than 100 interactive events and works that explore how geometry, which is a cornerstone of the city and its design history, shapes our lives. This fifth iteration aims to be relevant on a global stage. On Aspen Island in Lake Burley Griffin, a large installation by Kengo Kuma asks us to engage with the softness, transparency and form of ‘Namako’ (the Japanese word for sea cucumber). American artist Niko Dimitrijevic has developed a work in response to the architecture of the School of Art and Design, Australian National University. Amongst the program of talks, architecture tours and more is a special exhibition presented by CraftACT titled ‘The Void’ celebrating architect Enrico Taglietti’s contribution to Canberra’s built environment with…

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ken unsworth

Anthony Bond and leading Australian art historians and curators including Daniel Thomas, William Wright, Felicity Fenner, Jill Sykes, Anna Johnson and René Block reconstruct a timeline of the practice of contemporary Australian artist, Ken Unsworth; from its origins in 1955, spanning six decades to the present. Essays and interviews fill the pages accompanied by images of Unsworth’s paintings, works on paper, sculpture and maquettes, performances, land art, public works, collaborations with the Australian Dance artists, and his recurring piano pieces. Together, with excerpts of Unsworth’s own poetry, they provide a unique insight into his artmaking; how certain childhood and lived experiences, artistic influences and ideas as well as the encouragement of his beloved wife informed the work.…

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david griggs: between nature and sin

‘Man, so what do you want to know?’ sparks a conversation between artist David Griggs and Michael Dagostino introducing this survey of 12 years in Manila where the artist focused on understanding through film, photography and painting. Amid chaos, social and political struggles, relationships and personal experiences Griggs communicates ‘my own being and where I’m at.’ One receives a visceral sense of the ‘incandescent energy’ that Megan Monte writes, propels him and later we hear from Siddharta Perez about the content and context of his work. Jarrod Rawlins muses on the intersection of creativity and psychotropic medication and posits that for his friend an ‘obsessive, fragile, romantic’, art is not only a way to exorcise the mind but a salve and key to autonomy.…