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Art Almanac September 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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siteworks | micro

Camp overnight or wander the grounds of Bundanon Homestead for the tenth iteration of ‘Siteworks’ on 29 September. This special one-day event invites artists, scientists and the public to explore the environment with works, performances and talks that consider the miniature and microscopic. ‘Stories and Structures’ is an exhibition that draws parallels between the representations seen in many Indigenous works of art and the microscopic structures hidden in the natural world. Artist, Deborah Kelly’s deity-creatures will haunt the natural amphitheatre whereas Emily Hunt has created a microcosmic fantasy inspired by German Renaissance printmaking. Like the 16th century artists, Hunt uses grotesque and satirical images to critique contemporary notions of morality. Along the Shoalhaven River Anna Madeleine will transform inanimate rocks into an augmented reality artwork. All things ‘micro’ will be…

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desert mob

The annual ‘Desert Mob’ gathering of Desart-member art centres and their artists from remote communities in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia celebrates new innovations in contemporary Aboriginal arts practice, traditional and experimental works. Featuring the ‘Desert Mob’ exhibition at Araluen Arts Centre opening on 6 September at 5.30pm, a one-day ‘Symposium’ hosting talks and presentations with artists and special guests discussing current projects and telling stories, as well as performance and film, on Friday 7 September from 10am to 3.30pm. And on Saturday 8 September between 10am and 2pm visitors to the Top End can buy direct from the makers at ‘MarketPlace’ with over 30 art centres, artists and arts workers presenting a vibrant display of Aboriginal art and culture. araluenartscentre . nt.gov.au…

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john fries award

A platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary antipodean artists, the annual $10,000 non-acquisitive John Fries Award received more than 550 submissions this year with 12 finalists chosen. Curated by Consuelo Cavaniglia, the exhibition held at Sydney’s UNSW Galleries from 29 September to 3 November, showcases new work in a cross-section of art practices engaging with sound, scent, sculpture, performance, painting and video. Themes include the impact of social and online media, the reconciliation of political realities on identity and the place of Indigenous voice in today’s world. The panel of guest judges – Consuelo Cavaniglia, Sophia Kouyoumdijian, Mikala Tai, Shannon Te Ao, and Kath Fries will announce the 2018 winner at the opening. johnfriesaward.com…

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sydney contemporary

With over 80 Australian and international galleries participating, Sydney Contemporary presents a manifold of creative talent, current trends and emerging practices – as well as the cross-cultural dialogue they inspire. At Carriageworks from 13 to 16 September, this year’s events include engaging panel discussions, guided tours, educational workshops and an extensive VIP Program, including an exclusive preview on 12 September. The official opening on 13 September is the outset to four days filled with painting, sculpture, sound and ceramics, through to installation, video and performances. Highlights include Jean Dubuffet’s four-metre-high sculpture L’Incivil (1973/2014) and Patricia Piccinini’s The Field (2018) a vast landscape of genetically modified flowers re-imagined for the fair. Art Almanac will participate in a print media stall, please come and say hello. sydneycontemporary.com.au…

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bush women

In 1994 the Fremantle Arts Centre staged a special exhibition of artworks by women from the fresh-water country of north-west Western Australia and the Ngaanyatjarra lands of the south-east. With distinct, original styles and personal narratives about living and growing up in the bush, artists such as Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean took their place in the spotlight of the art world. In 2018 the gallery reassembled the original paintings and produced this title, ‘Bush Women’. It is modest in size and has the sentiment of a ‘yearbook’, sharing first person accounts from the artists, curatorial insights via John Kean as well as reproductions of the works and photographs from the 1990s.…

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robert smithson: time crystals

‘Then I looked closer.’ – Robert Smithson ‘Time Crystals’ is the first exhibition in Australia to showcase the works of American artist Robert Smithson (1938-1973), known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s. Its literary companion, a catalogue comprised of sketches, preparatory drawings, correspondence, photographs and handwritten manuscripts including misspellings, grammatical errors and redacted text, provides personal insight, deepened understanding and a new interpretation of Smithson’s practice. The development of his ideas on non-biological time and entropy, crystallography, science fiction, geography and geology – as well as redefining models of abstraction and challenging art history in his exploration of medium, location and expression – are explored in essays by Amelia Barikin, Chris McAuliffe and Stephen Melville.…